PBS Offers At-Home Learning Broadcast and Digital Resources
As the school year begins, PBS stations offer free broadcast TV programs that support at-home learning for PreK-12th grade; digital resources provide educators and families with learning options for new school routines
PBS and its member stations are working to support parents as they prepare for the school year. It can reach a majority of households with free, over-the-air station broadcast and digital resources designed to support both in-school and at-home learning. As back-to-school looks drastically different this year, PBS KIDS has created new and updated resources to support parents as they facilitate learning, including:
- Broadcast offerings, considering distance learning needs: Available to more than 97% of the country through over-the-air television access, the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel (for young learners ages 2-8) and the WORLD channel At-Home Learning Service (for learners grades 6-12) will feature programming linked to at-home learning resources. In addition, local PBS stations forged partnerships with their school districts to address specific, state standards-aligned educational needs, including filming and broadcasting local teachers’ classroom lessons.
- Virtual parenting support: In its event, Prepping for a Very Different School Year, PBSrecognizes caregivers are wrestling with tough questions about the 2020-2021 school year and provides answers from top child development and education experts, and other caregivers of children 2 to 8 on what they can do to bolster children’s feelings of confidence and security as they head into a new and uncertain year.
- Up-to-date newsletter and resources: The coming school year will likely bring with it many shifts, twists and turns. The PBS KIDS for Parents newsletter provides curated resources, including video content, digital games, DIY activities, and parent-directed information to support in-home learning as it evolves. In addition, parents can find the latest tips, printables, and other tools to Learn at Home with PBS KIDS.
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About WORLD Channel
WORLD shares the best of public media in news, documentaries and fact-based informational programming that helps us understand conflicts, movements and cultures that may be distinct from our own. WORLD’s original content examines issues too often ignored by mainstream media by sharing stories from a diversity of voices. WORLD has won a Peabody Award, an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award, a National News and Documentary Emmy Award and other national honors — including 1st and 2nd place Native Media Awards, an RTNDA Kaleidoscope Award, a Media for a Just Society Award, two Lesbian & Gay Journalist Awards, two Gracies, an Asian American Journalists Award and many other honors specifically for its diverse content. WORLD is a growing platform carried by 174 partner stations in markets representing more than 72% of US TV households. It is also available on WORLDChannel.org and social media platforms. Funding for WORLD Channel is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the MacArthur Foundation, the Wyncote Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts and Artworks. WORLD Channel is curated by GBH in partnership with WNET and is distributed by American Public Television (APT).