WNET’s Wait Room Provides Temporary Learning Refuge for Homeless Children

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In June 2016, WNET launched a children’s wait room at the New York City Prevention Assistance and Temporary Housing (PATH) Intake Center in the South Bronx, for children whose families are entering the homeless system as a result of domestic violence.

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Engaging Local Mom Leads to Valuable Local Partnership

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What started out as a casual conversation with a local mom ended up opening doors for a successful community partnership and financial support for WVIA’s elementary education outreach program, WVIA Kids Clubhouse in the Classroom. WVIA Kids Clubhouse in the Classroom brings PBS KIDS content into local elementary classrooms, and offers hands-on activities to reinforce the curriculum and learning.

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Explore the Outdoors Helps Put the "Community" in Community Idea Stations

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Now in its fourth year, Community Idea Stations’ annual PBS KIDS Explore the Outdoors event is a meaningful way to engage community partners and the public around the stations’ commitment to STEM education.

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Dinosaur Train Day Has a Lasting Impact in Iowa

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As part of Autism Awareness Month, Iowa Public Television hosted a Dinosaur Train Day for local families. The event aimed to raise awareness for autism, as well as to provide resources and support for those underserved families for whom autism is a part of their lives.

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NET Welcomes All Kids Aboard with Sensory-Friendly Event

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NET recently hosted a sensory-friendly screening of DINOSAUR TRAIN. Families for whom autism is a part of their lives were able to enjoy the event without the worry of over- stimulation, which is an experience that most families in rural communities across Nebraska do not have access to.

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KLRN Ties Together Children's Literacy and Veteran Stories

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KLRN has found an especially meaningful way to further its PBS KIDS commitment to early education -- and literacy in particular -- within San Antonio’s South Side community. Part of the station’s Veterans Voices initiative, KLRN’s Operation Never Ending Stories project has at once given voice to fallen veterans, and increased access to books and literacy resources for local at-risk families.

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For RMPBS, Informal Messaging is Effective in Engaging Informal Caregivers

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Rocky Mountain PBS (RMPBS) is leveraging the trust and awareness of the PBS KIDS brand as well as the station’s broad on-air reach to identify and engage informal caregivers across Colorado. Working with Bright By Three, a local nonprofit, RMPBS is experimenting with text messaging as a vehicle for delivering tips and other resources to this important constituency.

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Coding is the New Literacy

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With computer science driving innovation in the United States, the importance of learning coding skills is becoming a fundamental focus of the elementary education curriculum. In December PBS KIDS launched ScratchJr, a mobile app designed to help children ages 5-8 learn core coding concepts as they create their own interactive stories and games using their favorite PBS KIDS characters.

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WXXI Gets Ahead of Summer Learning

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In 2015, WXXI partnered with the Monroe County Library System & Rochester Public Library on a summer learning project that targeted local families with children ages 2-8, with special emphasis on reaching those families most at risk for the “summer slide.”

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Let’s Make a Deal with Family Membership

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With legacy PBS KIDS Clubs no longer an effective on-air membership acquisition tool, some stations are seeing success reinventing the idea of Family Membership around a parent-friendly value proposition that resonates with today’s young families.

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At PBS SoCal, Success Attracting Corporate Support through PBS KIDS Sponsorships

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With a staff member exclusively dedicated to developing corporate funding for PBS KIDS, PBS SoCal is finding enthusiastic support for their children’s programming and services.

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PBS KIDS Kart Kingdom Goes Well With Asparagus

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WGBY’s annual Asparagus Festival is a celebration of all things local and agricultural through one of Western New England’s most famous crops. With a steady increase in the number of children attending the festival with their parents over the years, WGBY leverages the event to further the station’s commitment to education, incorporating PBS KIDS Kart Kingdom for the first time this year.

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WSRE Meets Community Needs with PBS KIDS Imagination Station

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When local philanthropists Quint and Rishy Studer offered WSRE the use of a large indoor space inside the Pensacola Bayfront Stadium, the station never would have dreamed of everything that has unfolded at the WSRE PBS KIDS Imagination Station. With additional foundation and community support, the Imagination Station has become the “go-to” venue for the PBS KIDS crowd and their families.

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WFSU's Community Engagement Recognized by NETA

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WFSU was one of three stations recently honored by NETA’s 2015 Education & Community Engagement Collective Impact Achievements. WFSU’s robust community involvement, which includes the station’s PBS KIDS outreach activities and education services, was recognized as an example of exemplary collective community impact.

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Prairie Public ‘Pop-Up’ Proves to be Popular

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One of the challenges we’ve found when holding community outreach events is that the population we'd most like to reach doesn't always have the means or time to get there. So Prairie Public Education Services in Fargo has begun staging “Pop Up with Prairie Public” events – spontaneous “happenings” in which we suddenly show up in targeted neighborhoods instead of expecting them to come to us.

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