In the Community

From workshops and events to professional development, KCTS 9 provides valuable community programs that encourage lifelong learning for children and adults.

With the help of dozens of community partners, our engagement activities in FY2010 connected nearly 30,000 people in Washington state with PBS and KCTS 9. These included efforts around the Ken Burns documentary The National Parks: America's Best Idea, programming on our Spanish-language Vme channel, children's reading and literacy events, early learning workshops and our annual Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Education and Exceptional Caregiver Awards.

KCTS 9 planned extensive outreach activities to build upon the broadcast of the three-part NOVA series This Emotional Life, including an Early Attachment Summit at our studios in April 2010. This forum brought together more than 20 partner organizations from around Washington state to highlight work being done to support the healthy emotional development of young children.

Our local PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest encouraged children in grades K-3 to create and enter their own original stories and illustrations. Our free, all-ages Science and History Cafés offer a chance for people to hear from scientists and historians in the comfortable, lively atmosphere of a neighborhood café or pub, on topics that draw on PBS programs such as NOVA, Nature and American Experience.