The Prudential Foundation’s Ready to Learn grant program provides support to innovative direct-service education programs that address the needs of communities the company serves. Ready to Learn funds initiatives that strengthen public education at the elementary school level. The program supports education reform efforts that strengthen public education at the elementary school level. Within this framework, the Foundation will emphasize systemic school reform meant to improve the quality of teachers, principals, and other school leaders, and arts education. The program funds early childhood care and education initiatives, focusing on programs that support professional development for pre-kindergarten through third-grade teachers or create model classrooms. Funds are also provided for strategies to improve literacy that address professional development for teachers, family literacy programs, or literacy in the early years. The Prudential Foundation serves the Newark and surrounding New Jersey urban centers. It also funds programs in cities where Prudential has a significant presence. These cities include Atlanta, Chicago, Hartford, Houston, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and Phoenix. The Foundation may also fund national programs that further their objectives and can be implemented or replicated in cities where Prudential has a substantial presence. The Foundation receives and reviews proposals throughout the year. Grants that exceed $200,000 must be approved by its board of trustees, which meets three times a year.