COVID-19 and the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s orders for social distancing put a damper on traditional kids’ summer camps. PBS39’s “It’s Camp!” brought the best parts of camp into kids’ homes every weekday during the summer of 2020. This 30-minute program for kids ages 9-14 taught science, art, fitness, survival skills, connecting with nature, and more.
Each Thursday morning at 10 a.m., kids and grown-ups across Alaska’s Southern Kenai Peninsula join local Homer librarian Claudia Haines for an hour of stories, music and movement on the radio. Storytime offers young families a no-cost program to grow early literacy skills, access to high quality books and media and connect with other families while staying safe at home during the pandemic.
After the governor of Nevada ordered the closure of all schools in the state, Vegas PBS immediately took action. Using the station’s capacity for digital distribution and production, Vegas PBS facilitated at-home learning with curriculum-based programming, provided critical information about COVID-19 and assisted displaced workers with our online workforce training programs.
Student Voices elevated the voices of young people at a critical moment in America, as we grapple with racism and the devastating effects of the coronavirus on education. Chalkbeat, whose mission is focused on educational equity, told student stories in creative ways and convened virtual gatherings to uplift their insights so people in power can make more informed decisions.
As our community grapples with the systemic inequalities that have made Cicero a hotspot for COVID-19, the events of June 1 exposed how we can be both victims and perpetrators of racial violence. For this project, Cicero Independiente, a bilingual newsroom, partnered with Cicero residents to document the life-changing events of June 1.
WYEP’s Reimagination project connects teen musicians with professional mentors to record and produce their own original music. Since 2013, the program has engaged with more than 220 area teen musicians, several of whom became Grammy and Emmy award winners.
Twin Cities PBS (TPT) fostered critical STEM learning in Minneapolis Beacons Afterschool Clubs by engaging students, families and educators with an important 21st-century workforce skill: computer science and coding. To add to the fun, TPT invited kids’ favorite PBS KIDS characters to learn along by using the innovative Scratch Jr coding program.
Arkansas PBS created more than 400 hours of content, 20 hours of original content and 24 lesson plans resulting in more than 300,300 video views – breaking all of our digital platform records – for schoolchildren in Pre-K through 8th grade. This daily and essential educational community service, especially critical for 42% of Arkansans who live in rural areas and may not have access to broadband, included five Arkansas Teachers of the Year as our daily hosts who provided a personal connection and daily routine kids were craving.
In the wake of COVID-19, the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) partnered with PBS stations across Kansas to present the New Times, New Tools, New Teaching Virtual Conference to create better teachers. It sold out in two days.