Super Why! research shows increase in literacy skills

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Two new studies examining the PBS Kids series Super WHY! provide proof of the show’s effectiveness on literacy skills, according to a joint statement from PBS and CPB. The studies, funded by CPB through a Department of Education Ready to Learn grant, were conducted by the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and Florida State University’s Center for Reading Research. Deborah L. Linebarger, director of the Annenberg Children’s Media Lab, commented in the statement that “an impressive indicator of the power of Super WHY! is that meaningful changes in preschoolers’ early literacy skills were found with exposure to as few as two or three episodes.”

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