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PBS Parents has articles from parents and experts.
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.
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PBS KIDS' weekday newsletter offers activities and tips you can use to help kids play and learn at home.
Virtual Live Interactive Experience
Your favorite childhood show is returning to entertain and educate a new generation of bookworms. Reading Rainbow Live is a fun, interactive experience that utilizes technology to invite viewers into the screen to connect with our cast of Rainbows and each other.
WNET Parenting Minutes are short videos that focus on topics related to early childhood learning and family engagement. Each video has additional tips and facts and links to more free resources and information for parents and caregivers. You can catch Parenting Minute videos on WNED PBS and WNED PBS Kids channels and be on the lookout for a Parenting Minute workshop!
Free Printables and Activities
This past school year was unusual. But with students back to school, there's a lot we can do to bolster our children’s feelings of confidence and security as they head into a new year. Here are ways to get in the back-to-school mindset and cope with any anxieties or emotions.
Compact Science is an engaging new YouTube series from WNED PBS and the Buffalo Museum of Science that explores the wonders of science. Host Sarajane Gomlak Green investigates the geology of Niagara Falls, discovers the chemistry at work in sponge candy, learns how density is the key to lake-effect snow, and more. If you’re curious about the world around you, there’s a lot to explore and Compact Science will be your guide.
Geared towards children (grades K-6), their families, and anyone with a curiosity of the world around them, each episode frames a scientific concept with a signature regional connection that celebrates the science and history of the Western New York and Southern Ontario region.
The videos are available here on our website along with instructions for the viewer challenge experiments that can be performed at home or in a classroom.
Compact Science is funded by The Joy Family Foundation.
Buffalo Toronto Public Media is partnering with the Buffalo & Erie County Library and The Buffalo History Museum for a community engagement initiative around Benjamin Franklin. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN is a new two-part documentary directed by filmmaker Ken Burns. This community engagement initiative will encourage people to look more deeply into Franklin– his writings, experiments and life, in an effort to promote dialogue about the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Community members are encouraged to create and submit political cartoons, art pieces, short writings, and poetry related to the theme: "Today's Equity Challenges vs. 18th Century Thinking."
Families can now tune into their favorite PBS KIDS series through podcasts! These podcasts will take families off the screens and even deeper into the worlds of their favorite PBS KIDS characters. Learn more about the benefits of listening to podcasts together as a family and discover new stories from Molly of Denali, Pinkalicious & Peterrific, and Odd Squad.
Gather the gang for Family Night, weekly family viewing events featuring movie specials or themed programming. Watch, play and learn with your favorite PBS KIDS characters every Friday from 7 to 9pm and repeating on Saturday and Sunday evenings on the WNED PBS KIDS channel
Play and Learn Engineering is an educational, fun-filled app that helps your kids learn through play. Design machines and roller coasters, build towers with robots, and problem solve through an obstacle course.
BTPM CREATES COMMUNITY CLASSROOM
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 FOR PARENTs
Preschoolers need lots of support from adults to help them develop the habits they need to thrive in school and beyond. Find resources to support your child's early learning.
Meet The Helpers continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic with updated resources and videos. Use this page to talk to the children in your life about healthy habits and empower them to be helpers by stopping the spread of germs.
Vaccines are important, but can be scary. Learn how scientists and vaccines help keep us healthy.
Activity: Vaccine Coloring Sheet(pdf)
You can be a germ buster by wearing mask. Masks help stop the spread of germs from one person to another.
Meet an epidemiologist and see how these disease detectives help in keeping people healthy and stopping the spread of germs.
A doctor helper explains the coronavirus and how children can be good helpers.
If you're sick, you can stop the spread of germs, by washing your hands and staying home. Be a helper and a germ buster by helping to keep others healthy.
Here are some tips for how parents can talk to their children about coronavirus.
We can all be helpers. Here are a few tips!
Explaining a virus to children in a way they can understand, can help stop the spreading of germs.
A few do's &don'ts for families during the coronavirus outbreak.
Be a good helper and remember to wash your hands often!!
Wash Your Hands
Catch that Cough
Rest is Best
Make Others Feel Better
The past year has been tough. Families are having to adapt and respond to what seems like a never ending year of abnormalities.
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.
There’s nothing else like having a playful, imaginative, and supportive sibling at your side! In these stories, brothers and sisters bond over nature, art, adventure, and more.
To encourage conversations about race and diversity with your children, check out this list of children's books to read together as a family.
Find fun, educational activities and crafts for kids from PBS Parents.
PBS KIDS for Parents has over 60 easy activities around animals, nature, the weather, engineering, the senses, and much more. To keep things even easier, all of our activities here are organized by the number of materials you need!
Check out PBS KIDS apps! Download by favorite character or type of device.
A new app that offers parents a real-time connection to their child's activity on pbskids.org.
ALMA’S WAY, a new animated series from Fred Rogers Productions, premiered October 4, 2021. The series is created by Sonia Manzano, beloved by generations as “Maria” on Sesame Street, who broke new ground as one of the first Latino characters on national TV.
Inspired by Manzano’s own childhood, ALMA’S WAY centers on 6-year-old Alma Rivera, a proud, confident Puerto Rican girl who lives in the Bronx with her family among a diverse group of close-knit friends and community members. Infused with Manzano’s humor and grounded in a social and emotional curriculum, the series will give children ages 4-6 the tools to find their own answers, express what they think and feel, and recognize and respect the unique perspective of others.
Each episode showcases different aspects of Latino cultures through language, food, music, and customs. All viewers will see how other families are both alike and different from their own. Music is the “backbeat” of the series and includes traditional Puerto Rican styles like Plena, Bomba, and salsa along with other Latino genres such as Cuban son and Colombian cumbia. The original theme song, written and produced by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Bill Sherman, is performed by Flaco Navaja and Summer Rose Castillo, who plays Alma. The series music is composed by Asher Lenz, Stephen Skratt, and Fabiola M. Mendez. The series will be available for viewers in both English and Spanish on all PBS KIDS platforms.
Launching in tandem with the show, digital content for kids, parents and teachers will further the messages and goals of ALMA’S WAY. Series-inspired games will be available in English and Spanish on pbskids.org and on the free PBS KIDS Games App. Spanish and English language parent resources, including tips and hands-on activities to extend the learning at home, will be available on the PBS KIDS for Parents site, and PBS LearningMedia will offer tools for teachers, including video excerpts, games, teaching tips, and printable activities.
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.