PBS Live Broadcasting
New York’s nine public television stations have agreed to provide educational resources and home enrichment for students without access to broadband during extended school closings. To find your local station visit PBS Station Finder.
For children between the ages of four and seven (Prekindergarten to 3rd grade), PBS will continue to broadcast their 24/7 PBS Kids channel throughout the state. This free, over-the-air digital channel features shows that focus on four key areas of childhood development: cognitive, social, emotion, and physical. PBS KIDS offers content in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), inviting children to explore and develop interest and appreciation for the natural and life sciences through programs including Sid the Science Kid, Curious George, Cyberchase and Dinosaur Train. All of these shows have online and printable resource guides for parents and teachers to enrich viewing and further engage children.
For older elementary and possibly secondary school, PBS will broadcast special educational content during a preempted Daytime schedule. New York’s stations plan to preempt daytime schedules to provide educational content for kids in the 4th grade to 12th grade, starting with at least three to five hours of content on March 23rd. PBS already creates engaging on-air content in science, history, social studies, and public affairs, and with available study guides, these shows can provide even more enrichment.
In the coming weeks, and depending on how long the school closures take place, they plan to add New York State specific content to this lineup, including broadcasts of Regents Review.
Some stations also plan to partner with their local school districts to provide live instructional broadcasts. To find out more, please contact your local PBS station.