PBS and member stations across the country are helping families adjust to a very different start to the new school year with distance learning broadcast schedules, free digital resources, activities, and more.
Research shows that more than 24 million Americans still lack access to fast and reliable broadband internet. Available to more than 97% of the country through free 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 broadcast programming linked to at-home learning resources that can be used by educators to supplement distance learning plans, or by parents to provide added enrichment and support for children’s educational needs.
In addition to the popular PBS KIDS for Parents newsletter that offers ideas to help kids play and learn at home, new content that facilitates and supplements at-home learning is regularly added to the PBS KIDS and PBS LearningMedia sites.
Leading the charge locally, PBS stations across the country have forged partnerships with their school districts to address specific, state standards-aligned educational needs in each community, including filming and broadcasting local teachers’ classroom lessons.
“We recognize that back to school this year is particularly stressful for many educators and families, especially those who lack access to reliable high-speed Internet and the dedicated devices often required for distance learning,” said Lesli Rotenberg, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, Children’s Media and Education at PBS. “Building on 50 years of public service, PBS and our member stations are prepared to ensure equitable access to free and trusted resources in a variety of formats to help meet the needs of students, parents and teachers wherever they are this school year.”