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Covid-19 Resource and Info Guide

Distance Learning Resources for PreK-12 Educators

PBS LearningMedia offers educators a variety of features that support distance learning, including easy searching by grade level, curriculum area and state and national standards, as well as integration with Google Classroom and Remind.

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  • Responding to the need for educational resources for students as schools closed due to the coronavirus, all PBS member stations in Washington and WORLD Channel, in partnership with PBS LearningMedia, are broadcasting At-Home-Learning programs for grades 6-12 Monday – Friday, 9 am - 2 pm. These daily, free, over-the-air broadcasts feature the best in public media science, history and other educational programming. All programs in the block have associated PBS Learning Media assets. Find KCTS 9's WORLD Channel schedule here, with lesson plans provided. The channel is also now available for live streaming on the KCTS 9 website. 

  • Webinar: “Distance Learning with PBS LearningMedia” Recording of a one-hour PBS professional learning event for PreK-12 educators that includes tips and techniques to support distance instruction.

  • Find tutorials that satisfy many of your burning questions on how to make the most of PBS LearningMedia

Rick Steves commencement address for graduates of the class of 2020

Ask Dr. Universe is a series of short animated videos from WSU and fellow PBS affiliate Northwest Public Broadcasting. Dr. Universe answers audience-sourced science questions.

Spanish with Esmerelda, from fellow PBS affiliate Northwest Public Broadcasting, will help kids build their vocabulary with short, fun and engaging videos. ¡Empezemos!

Resources for Children and Families

PBS KIDS offers a variety of free resources to support families and caregivers, including a 24/7 channel with anytime access to trusted educational series for kids ages 2-8 (check local listings) and the following digital tools. 

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  • PBS KIDS Video: Available on mobile, tablet and connected TV devices, PBS KIDS offers on-demand educational videos and a livestream of the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel. No subscription is required.
  • PBS KIDS Games App: Includes nearly 200 educational games, which can be downloaded for offline play anytime, anywhere. Learn more about this and PBS KIDS’ other apps at pbskids.org/apps.
  • PBS KIDS for Parents: A robust website with information, activities and tips for parents, including resources for talking with kids about coronavirus, encouraging healthy habits, managing worried feelings and supporting playful learning at home.
  • PBS KIDS Daily Newsletter: A new weekday newsletter with videos, games, related offline activities and tips parents can use to keep their children playing and learning at home.
  • The PBS KIDS Facebook page and YouTube channel host read-along videos by authors and celebrities including Michelle Obama.

PBS Books Storytime offers author read-aloud stories and book features. View on their Facebook page and YouTube channel

Bright by Text is a free tool for parents and caregivers of children under 8  to make your jobs just a little easier. Sign up to receive free tips, learning games and activities sent straight to your phone!

Sesame Street

Sesame Street in Communities has resources to help support caregivers in their efforts to keep kids healthy, provide learning opportunities and help them face challenges big and small.

Meet the Helpers is a website designed to teach children about important community helpers so they are better prepared in emergency situations.

When Something Scary Happens is a website with resources to help families cope in emergencies and other challenging times.

KCTS 9's #OurHeartsLiveHere initiative was created to bring joy to families during this time. Graduation season is upon us, and we want to celebrate and honor all of the grads from pre-school to law-school and everything in between, who are missing out on this year's ceremonies. Submit a photo of your graduate (or yourself!) for us to feature on-air on KCTS 9 and on our social media channels. You can also use #OurHeartsLiveHere to submit photos and share your grads with your neighbors. 

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Stream our collection of Australian shows: 8MMM, Back Roads, Catalyst, Foreign Correspondent and Redfern Now exclusively on KCTS 9 Passport.