Eliminate the Ready To Learn Television Program

  • Potential 10 Year Savings: $273 Million
  • Sponsor: Rep. Nan Hayworth
  • Legislation: H.R. 3456
  • Status: Introduced

Since 1995, the U.S. Department of Education has operated the Ready to Learn Television program, providing federal grants to develop television programs and related audio-visual media designed to enhance early learning among pre-school children. Recently funded projects have included development of "creative play" content such as "digital paint, glue and blocks" for web sites, DVDs, television, and mobile phone applications for children aged 2 through 8. The Department's sole criteria for measuring the efficacy of the program is whether or not funded grantees successfully raise money from non-federal sources over a five-year period. The program's objective duplicates other activities already supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which separately receives more than $400 million annually. President Obama has also recommended terminating this program.