Kids & Family

Parents trust PBS: #1 in children’s media

PBS has earned its reputation as the most educational media brand for children ages 2-8 thanks to programs like Super Why!, Word Girl, Dinosaur Train and Sesame Street, which celebrated 40 years of children’s educational television in 2010 with a Lifetime Achievement Emmy. Watch the ceremony.

As part of our mission to inform, involve and inspire the public, KCTS 9 works with teachers, students and families to advance learning in Washington state. Through our educational outreach programs, KCTS 9 provides strategies and resources that support and enhance classrooms, from early learning through college-level.

Early Learning

Research tells us that parents and caregivers are our children’s first and most important teachers, preparing them for a lifetime of learning. To that end, KCTS 9 partners with child care centers, ECEAP and Head Start programs, Child Care Resource sites, libraries and other organizations to reach out to parents, caregivers and educational professionals. In more than 80 early learning workshops in FY2010, we reached over 1,300 child care providers and parents and 9,000 children in Washington state.

These workshops present researched information that connects participants to information on topics including language and literacy in young children, preschool science, emotional health and preventing childhood obesity. Our workshops are focused on supporting those with the greatest needs, including low income households and caregivers with limited education in child development.

KCTS 9 also embarked on its third annual Washington State Exceptional Caregiver Awards in FY2010. Six local caregivers were selected to be honored at KCTS 9 for the excellent care that they provide to young children.


In addition to working with the early childhood community, KCTS 9 provides teacher trainings and services for the K-12 community. In 2010, KCTS 9 provided trainings around PBS programs that contained strong classroom connections, including Latino Music USA and Faces of America.

KCTS 9 also created a rich educational project around music appreciation called The Music Instinct, working with students in after-school programs at Title I schools in Seattle and Puyallup. With the decrease in resources for arts eduation, this project allowed us to fill needed gaps in the educational system.

Students learned basic team-building concepts by way of regular drum circles, which they used in performances for their after school program, their school and at their commencement. For the culminating event, students led a public workshop at the Northwest Folklife Festival.