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KCTS 9 to Launch 24/7 PBS KIDS Channel, Expanding Access to the #1 Children’s Educational Media Brand on TV and Digital Platforms

Starting April 1, PBS KIDS will be available 24/7 online and on-air. Join your friends anytime!

March 15, 2017

KCTS 9 is delighted to announced the launch of our 24/7 PBS KIDS channel! The new channel features 24/7 educational programming, ensuring that high-quality content is free and available to all children and caregivers at a time that works for them — including primetime, weekends and other out-of-school times when they are most likely to tune in.

KCTS 9 has been an integral part of the community for years, delivering content and services that parents trust and that move the needle in early learning.  We are excited to build on the work we do every day for families here in the Northwest by adding these new 24/7 services to our offerings, ensuring that our proven educational content is accessible to all kids — especially those who need it the most.

The channel is also available as a live stream on and on the free PBS KIDS Video App for mobile and tablet devices. Later this year, the live stream will introduce a first-of-its kind integrated games feature, enabling children to toggle between a PBS KIDS show and an activity that extends learning – all in one seamless digital experience.

PBS KIDS Prepares Kids for Success in School — and Life

For more than a decade, the American public has consistently ranked PBS KIDS as the number-one educational media brand for children.1 In a recent survey, PBS KIDS ranked first in school readiness among children’s TV networks. When asked how well networks prepare children for school, 81 percent of parents said PBS KIDS helps a lot/somewhat, topping the next closest network by 11 percent. Parents also credited PBS KIDS for more positive behavior exhibited by children after watching. PBS KIDS stands out as the most trusted and safe place for children to watch television and the best use of families’ screen time, according to the study. PBS commissioned the study with an independent research firm. More findings are available here.

Decades of research confirms that PBS KIDS media content helps children build critical skills — among them, early literacy, math and social-emotional skills — that enable them to find success in school and life, while also helping parents increase their own engagement in their children’s learning.

An All-Star Line-Up of Kids’ Favorites

The KCTS 9 PBS KIDS 24/7 schedule includes the following series:

  • Arthur
  • Bob the Builder
  • Caillou
  • The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog
  • Cyberchase
  • Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
  • Dinosaur Train
  • Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman
  • Nature Cat
  • Odd Squad
  • Peg + Cat
  • Ready Jet Go!
  • Sesame Street
  • Sid the Science Kid
  • Splash and Bubbles
  • Super Why
  • Thomas & Friends
  • Wild Kratts
  • Word Girl
  • WordWorld

Special “PBS KIDS Family Night”

Beginning Friday, April 21, 2017, KCTS 9 will debut “PBS KIDS Family Night,” weekly family viewing events featuring movie specials or themed programming every Friday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., and repeating on Saturday and Sunday evenings. “Family Night” will kick off with popular movie favorites such as Odd Squad: The Movie, Splash and Bubbles: One Big Ocean and Sesame Street: The Cookie Thief.  It will also include world premiere movie events such as Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Tiger Family Trip, Wild Kratts Alaska: Hero’s Journey, Ready Jet Go! Return to Bortron 7 and Arthur and the Haunted Treehouse

KCTS 9 will provide the PBS KIDS 24/7 programming over the air on Channel 9.2 and on Comcast Channel 337; in Yakima, it will broadcast on Channel 47.2 and on Charter Cable on Channel 185. Of course, our primary KCTS 9 channel will continue to feature PBS KIDS programs during the day, combined with award-winning dramas, documentaries and investigative journalism. The schedule of children’s programming on the two channels will be different, offering families a variety of options.

Starting April 1, tune in or log on for the very best in children’s programming — available 24/7 from KCTS 9 and PBS KIDS!

Marketing & Research Resources, Inc. (M&RR), January 2017. Survey of 1,002 adults, 18 years of age and older, who participated via phone January 3-10, 2017. Results were weighted to be statistically representative of the adult U.S. population.

Where to watch

KCTS 9 will provide the PBS KIDS 24/7 programming over the air on Channel 9.2, and in Yakima it will broadcast on Channel 47.2.

The channel will also be available as a live stream on and on the free PBS KIDS Video App for mobile and tablet devices.

For our cable and satellite viewers, KCTS 9 PBS KIDS will replace KCTS 9 V-me:

  • CenturyLink Prism: Channel 10
  • Charter: Channel 185
  • Comcast: Channel 337
  • Frontier FiOS: Channel 471
  • LocalTel: Channel 121
  • Rainier Connect Channel 119
  • Wave Broadband: Channel 81,88, 711
  • Whidbey Island Telecom: Channel 134
  • HuskyTV (UW): Channel 9.2
  • DIRECTV: Not currently available
  • DISH: Not currently available

Your cable or satellite provider may have different channel listings, depending on your location. If you are having trouble finding, or if you have specific questions about KCTS 9 PBS KIDS service in your area, please contact your cable or satellite provider.


Although our signal is available to Canadian cable companies, cable companies in Canada are not required to carry the KCTS 9 PBS KIDS 24/7 channel. If you would like to see this channel on your cable system, call your cable company and request this channel.


While over-the-air broadcasts reach beyond U.S. borders into Canada, online video may be subject to geo-filtering, which restricts the areas in Canada that can view PBS content. The terms of PBS’ agreements with producers and distributors sometimes limit streaming ability for some PBS programs outside the United States.



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Will this new kids channel be available to subscribers of Frontier Cable?

rgraves's picture
Thanks for your question. Yes — as far as know, Frontier will be carrying it on channel 471. You will also be able to access the live channel on our website here, and the kids' programming on KCTS Channel 9 will remain unchanged as well. This may vary depending on your location, so please check with local cable provider for more information.

Will this service be available outside of the US, I live in Canada and we currently get KCTS9 as part of our cable package.

jliu's picture
Unfortunately the Kids Channel will not be available in Canada.

Iam so happyfor being able to watch such good cartoons with my baby.You guys could include Barney too. It will be available on Dish Network right?Thank you 

jliu's picture

Dish Network will not be carrying the Kids channel, but, if you are in America, you can stream in at or on the PBS Kids Video App

Many PBS stations are replacing Vme, which is transitioning to commercial cable, with the new PBS Kids channel. More at .

Now that V-me has been dropped from channel 9, how can I watch it?  I do not have access to cable TV (nor do I want cable TV).  I miss V-me!

jliu's picture
You can still watch many V-me programs from their website (

please fix the picture on our local channel 47 pbskids hard to watch 

The chennel picture is blurry and has shadow, it is a good channel for kids, but is bad for kids' eyes. Please fix it, and again it is a great channel. Thank you.