CPB supports investments in educational media content, distribution platforms and community activities that support learning across multiple ages and environments—from home, to school, to work. These investments cover three broad categories:
- Media content, education, and engagement resources
- Local work with stations, communities, and schools
- Research to evaluate the impact on learning
Public media reaches virtually every child in the country and local stations are a critical component of this work. From the start, public media has transformed how children learn by using television to teach letters, numbers, and social- emotional learning through iconic series such as Sesame Street and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Over the years, this work has expanded to multiplatform interactive content and community engagement. And during the coronavirus pandemic, public media stations across the country worked with state departments of education, school districts, and other partners to address the challenges of remote learning. A CPB-funded survey and a COVID-19 addendum both highlight the work of local stations in communities across the country.
CPB funds content and services that demonstrate the importance of public media’s role in educating America’s young people. Through strategic investments in children’s content and initiative-based work like Ready To Learn and American Graduate, CPB provides necessary resources to advance public media’s educational mission.