Ready-To-Learn Television

To facilitate student academic achievement by developing educational programming and digital content, with accompanying educational support materials, for preschool and early elementary school children and their families.

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Corporation For Public Broadcasting $ 98,127,093   2015-10-012020-09-30
Corporation For Public Broadcasting $ 56,121,848   2010-09-302016-03-31
Window To The World Communications, Inc. $ 25,669,951   2010-09-302015-09-29
Hispanic Information Telecommunications Network Inc $ 23,809,318   2010-09-302015-09-29
Window To The World Communications, Inc. $ 6,623,475   2010-09-302011-09-29
Corporation For Public Broadcasting $ 14,627,354   2010-09-302011-09-29
Hispanic Information Telecommunications Network Inc $ 6,000,000   2010-09-302011-09-29
Corporation For Public Broadcasting $ 17,500,000   2005-09-152011-01-31
Corporation For Public Broadcasting-$ 2,934   2009-09-152011-01-31
Corporation For Public Broadcasting $ 41,840,049   2005-09-152011-01-31

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

The program makes awards to support the development and distribution of educational video programming and digital content, and related outreach materials.

Administrative costs are limited by the authorizing statute.

Entities receiving a grant, contract, or cooperative agreement from the Secretary may not use more than five percent of the amounts received for the normal and customary expenses of administering the grant.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

To be eligible to receive a grant, contract, or cooperative agreement, an entity shall be a public telecommunications entity that can demonstrate a capacity to: (1) develop and disseminate educational and instructional television programming nationwide; (2) contract with the producers of children's television programming; (3) negotiate such contracts in a manner that returns an appropriate share of ancillary income from sales of program-related products; and (4) localize programming and materials to meet specific State and local needs.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Programming is to be made widely available, with support materials as appropriate, to young children, their parents, child care workers, and Head Start and Even Start providers.


No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. This procedure is described in the application notice published annually in the Federal Register. Contact the headquarters office listed below for application packages containing the announcement, application, and forms.

Award Procedures

Applications are reviewed and evaluated by outside experts and program staff, in accordance with the administrative regulations governing the Evaluation of Applications for Grants and Cooperative Agreements (34 CFR 75, Subpart D).


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended, Title IV, Part F, Subpart 4, Section 4643.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 60 days following the application deadline.


Not Applicable.


As required by the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) for direct grant program (see 34 CFR 75.253). Generally, for multiple-year awards, continuation awards after the first budget period are made if: sufficient funds have been appropriated; the recipient has either made substantial progress in meeting the goals of the project or obtained approval for changes in the project; the recipient has submitted all required reports; and continuation is in the best interest of the government.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Following an initial award of 12 months, four additional 1-year, non-competing continuation awards may be made, for a total term of 5 years. Renewals are subject to the availability of funds. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.

Post Assistance Requirements


The recipient must submit an annual report.

At a minimum, the report must describe the program activities including: (1) Programming that has been developed directly or indirectly and the target population of the programs developed; (2) supporting materials that have been developed to accompany the programming and the method by which materials are distributed to consumers and users of the programming; (3) the means by which programming developed has been distributed, including the distinct learning technologies that have been utilized to make programming available and the geographic distribution achieved through such technologies; and (4) the initiatives undertaken to develop public or private partnerships to secure nonfederal support to develop and distribute the broadcasting of educational and instructional programming.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Grantees must submit an annual performance report (APR) as required under EDGAR 34 CFR 74.50.

Expenditure reports are monitored through the APR.

Program performance is monitored through the APR.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


As required by EDGAR for direct grant programs (34 CFR 75). The grantee must maintain records and other evidence pertaining to all costs incurred, revenues, or other applicable credits acquired under its award as stated or contract terms and conditions. (34 CFR 75.721). Generally, records related to grant funds, compliance, and performance must be maintained for a period of five years after completion.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $25,741,000; FY 17 est $25,741,000; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

The regulations applicable to this program are in the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) 34 CFR, 74, 75, 77, 79, 81, 82, 84,85, 97,98, and 99.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Brian Lekander Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement, Technology in Education Programs 400 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: Phone: (202) 205-5633

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The Department uses the selection criteria contained in the Education General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) to evaluate applications to this program. The specific criteria to be used for a particular grant competition are selected from among these in 34 CFR 75, Section 75.210, and announced in the application package or the application notice in the Federal Register.

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