PBS and its member stations are America’s largest classroom, accessible to 98 percent of America’s children, including many who cannot attend preschool. From the beginning, one of our highest priorities has been to offer educational media that helps prepare children for success in school and opens up the world for them in an age-appropriate way. Today we make educational content available not only over the air, but online and through a growing number of mobile apps.
PBS is dedicated to providing America’s children and their families with educational resources that can lead to success in the classroom. PBS is the country’s No. 1 source of media content for pre-school teachers and the No. 1 place parents turn to for preschool video online, with content that has been shown to improve critical literacy skills in young children. PBS and its member stations have partnered with other publicly funded organizations to deliver more than 87,000 unique, curriculum-based educational resources through PBS LearningMedia, an online service which was launched in the summer of 2011. This is a free service for all teachers, students and home-schooling families nationwide, made available through the websites of local PBS member stations. Currently, more than 1.5 million teachers are registered users.
PBS KIDS offers all children the opportunity to learn, to explore new ideas, and to experience the world through television, online, and on mobile devices, always in the company of positive role models and with content designed to nurture a child’s total well-being. According to national polls conducted annually by Caravan ORC International, PBS remains, by a wide margin, the undisputed leader for children’s programming and the leading innovator in children’s educational media. These polls also show that PBS KIDS is far and away the most trusted and safe place for children to watch TV and to visit online.