Parents and Caregivers

Find resources for parents and caregivers here! Jump start family learning with tips on how to make the most of family television time, advice on fostering reading skills, and the exploration of other issues that are important to families.


Learn at Home
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Learn at Home

We are here to support families, educators, and students as a community classroom during these challenging times. Find special program schedules, tool & resources.

PBS KIDS Daily

Is your child's school closed due to coronavirus concerns? PBS KIDS' new weekday newsletter offer activities and tips you can use to help kids play and learn at home.

Meet the Helpers

How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus

We know it can be a scary time for families as normal routines are disrupted due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This is a great time to talk to children about what is happening, and empower them to be helpers to keep each other healthy.

In the words of Mister Rogers: "Anything that's human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting and less scary.”

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Meet the Helpers

How an Epidemiologist Helps

Meet an epidemiologist and see how these disease detectives are working to help the spread of the Coronavirus.

Meet the Helpers

What is Coronavirus?

A doctor helper explains the coronavirus and how children can be good helpers.

Meet the Helpers

How to Talk to Children

Here are some tips for how parents can talk to their children about coronavirus.

Meet the Helpers

Be a Helper

We can all be helpers. Here are a few tips!

Meet the Helpers

Explaining Social Distancing

Social distancing is necessary to stay healthy from coronavirus, but can be difficult for children to understand.

Meet the Helpers

Coronavirus Dos & Don'ts for Parents

A few do's &don'ts for families during the coronavirus outbreak.

Meet the Helpers

Wash Your Hands

Be a good helper and remember to wash your hands often!!

Meet the Helpers

Why are People Wearing Masks?

Masks should be saved for people who are sick, and for helpers, like doctors and nurses, who are working to make people feel better.

Top Three Tips for Families:

  1. Talk about feelings & facts
    Be open and honest with children by sharing age-appropriate facts. Yes, people are getting sick, but it's like a cold or a flu. We have doctors to help make you feel better if anyone gets sick.
  2. Make children feel safe
    Children worry and pick up on emotions from those around them. Make sure they know they are in a safe space and lots of helpers are working to keep everyone safe.
  3. Be germ busters
    The best way to help is to develop and reinforce good hygiene routines. Make sure your family is doing these four things:
Wash Your Hands

Wash Your Hands

Wash Your Hands
  • Hands should be washed before and after every meal and snack.
  • Hands should also be washed after coughing or sneezing and after going to the bathroom.
  • Hands should be washed with soap & water for at least 20 seconds or to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

Catch that Cough

  • Try not to have children cough or sneeze into their hands.
  • Make sure children cough or sneeze into a tissue, and then throw that into the trash.

Rest is Best

  • Daniel Tiger reminds us when you're sick, rest is best.
  • Remind them that it's important we protect ourselves from germs to keep us and our friends healthy, so staying home may be best for now.

Make Others Feel Better

  • This is a great time to get crafty and make get well cards for friends or family.
  • Explore technology like video chats to help children say hello to their friends & family.
Additional Resources
Happy, Healthy Kids

Happy, Healthy Kids is a digital series that teaches kids how to stay healthy. Videos teach children about healthy snacks, different ways to do physical activity as well as how to approach feelings and other ways to stay healthy.

Videos are designed with children in mind. View them now.

Parenting resources and tips on raising children, child development articles, crafts and games for you and your child, planning birthday parties, and kids activities.

WNED PBS Kids Channel-Available Now

The 24/7 WNED PBS KIDS channel is on-air and online now! Featuring all of the high-quality commercial-free educational shows parents, families and caretakers have relied on for decades, the new channel is available for free on-air and online anytime.

XAVIER RIDDLE AND THE SECRET MUSEUM | Weekdays at 11:30am on WNED PBS
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Xavier Riddle and The Secret Museum | Sneak Peek

Harry Houdini shows the kids that to be a great performer, you have to practice a lot too!
Catch the new show that premiered November 2019. Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum is a comedy-driven animated adventure based on Brad Meltzer and Christopher Eliopoulos' best-selling kids book series, Ordinary People Change The World.

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Behind the Book: I Am Marie Curie | Brad Meltzer
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Behind the Book: I Am Marie Curie | Brad Meltzer

Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum

Based on the children’s book series Ordinary People Change the World by New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer and illustrator Christopher Eliopoulos, the series will introduce kids to inspiring historical figures and the character virtues that helped them succeed.

The series follows the adventures of Xavier Riddle, his sister Yadina and their friend Brad. In each episode, the three face a problem and must turn to the Secret Museum to help them solve it. The Secret Museum allows the three friends to travel back in time to meet real-life historical figures when they were kids.

Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum takes a fresh and accessible approach to teaching kids ages 4-7 about important historical figures and the experiences that shaped their lives, while exploring social emotional concepts and character traits such as courage, resilience, and setting and accomplishing goals.

Weekdays at 11:30am on WNED PBS

Weekdays at 7pm and Weekends at 5:30pm on WNED PBS Kids

MEET MOLLY OF DENALI | Weekdays at 10:30am on WNED PBS
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Catch PBS KIDS' All New Show MOLLY OF DENALI

Join Molly, an Alaska Native girl, her dog Suki, and friends Tooey and Trini on their adventures in beautiful Alaska. And along the way, Molly’s life is enhanced, kept on track, and flat-out SAVED by maps, guide books, websites, weather reports, and more.

MOLLY OF DENALI is an action-adventure comedy that follows the adventures of feisty and resourceful 10-year-old Molly Mabray, an Alaska Native girl.

Molly helps her mom and dad run the Denali Trading Post, a general store, bunkhouse, and transport hub in the fictional village of Qyah, Alaska. Each episode follows Molly, her dog Suki and her friends Tooey and Trini on their daily adventures in Alaska, from fishing to building snow forts to delivering a camera to friends on a volcano via dog sled.

MOLLY OF DENALI is designed to help kids ages 4-8 develop knowledge and skills for interacting with informational texts through video content, interactive games, and real-world activities. A foundational aspect of literacy education, informational texts are designed to convey information, and include written words, images, and oral language. In each episode, Molly’s life and adventures are enhanced, illuminated, and broadened by using and creating a variety of informational texts, including books, online resources, field guides, historical archives, indigenous knowledge from elders, maps, charts, posters, photos, and more. Molly also shares the information that she gathers through a vlog, offering short-form videos in which she shares aspects of her life in Alaska with kids in the lower 48 states and around the world.

PBS Kids School Readiness

A national survey of parents with young children age 2-6 has found that media and technology are an essential part of preparing children to enter elementary school. Overwhelmingly, PBS KIDS stands out as the most trusted and relied upon media brand for this school readiness, ranking first in delivering on every measured skill.

PBS Parents

Welcome Back Clifford!

The big red dog is back! Share Clifford's timeless imaginative adventures by reading these books with your child.

PBS PARENTS

Start the New Year with a Laugh

Take a look at these books and you just might find yourself giggling, guffawing, or even tittering. Pick up a book and find what tickles your silly bone.

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Activities and Crafts

Find fun, educational activities and crafts for kids from PBS Parents.

PBS KIDS Apps

APP | Daniel Tiger's Day & Night | PBS KIDS

PBS KIDS Super Vision

A new app that offers parents a real-time connection to their child's activity on pbskids.org.

Introducing Reach Out - Recognize Relationship Abuse

ReachOut - Recognize Relationship Abuse

1 in 3 teenagers report experiencing some form of abuse in their dating relationships. Only a third of those ever talk about it with someone. 82% of parents said they could recognize if their teen was in an abusive relationship, but more than half could not recognize warning signs. Use an approach that empowers your child to be in control of their decisions and learn about resources that are available for them, and for you.


Buffalo Toronto Public Media has partnered with the Family Justice Center of Erie County to bring you Reach Out - Recognize Relationship Abuse, online and on television to help give you the tools you need to start a conversation with someone you think might be in an abusive relationship.


WBFO Facebook live event

Cyberbullying: A Relentless Cycle

WBFO's Eileen Buckley lead a panel of experts discussing cyberbullying and how to tackle a 24/7 torment. Learn strategies students, teachers and parents can use to minimize it.

A Conversation with Dr. Kriner Cash

Watch our conversation with Buffalo School Superintendent Kriner Cash. WBFO Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley and Tiffany Lankes of The Buffalo News talked with Cash about many critical education issues and asked questions posed by our Facebook Live audience.

PBS NewsHour

Kate DiCamillo on the magic of reading aloud

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Kate DiCamillo on the magic of reading aloud

PBS Parents

Supermodels are Moms, Too!

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Super Model Emme's tips on single parenting and body image.

Sesame Street

Sesame Street: Butterfly Flapping Fun

Meet Julia, the newest friend on Sesame Street. Julia has autism, and when she’s excited, sometimes she flaps her arms. Abby flaps her wings when she’s excited.

PBS Parents

Daniel Tiger Birthday Party (4) | PBS Parents

PBS KIDS for Parents

Exploring Feelings | Adventures in Learning | PBS Parents

Talking to your kids about their feelings and teaching them to journal is a great way to connect with your children in a meaningful way. Here are some fun and easy ideas for helping your kids flex their Emotional Intelligence muscles that don't require a PhD! See the full idea here: http://www.pbs.org/parents/adventures-in-learning/2014/01/emotion-journal/.

PBS KIDS for Parents

Starting a Young Writer's Club | Adventures in Learning

In this episode of Adventures in Learning, the kids gather with a few of their neighborhood friends to perform a play based on The Three Billy Goats Gruff. They re-worked the characters, and problem to create an original production in a writer's club. Here's how to make your own writer's club for young kids: http://www.pbs.org/parents/adventures-in-learning/2014/02/writers-club/.