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PBS Summer Learning Initiative bridges summer reading gap

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 PBS Summer literacy initiative

This summer, AETN and PBS are launching a summer learning initiative to help kids continue building key literacy skills throughout their summer vacations. Significant research has shown students experience substantial learning loss when they do not participate in educational activities during summer months. To help bridge the gap, AETN is presenting PBS KIDS programming, along with a host of other fun and education content presented across a variety of platforms, to encourage literacy and independent reading.  

The initiative will kick off with 10 weeks of themed programming featuring reading-related episodes from different PBS KIDS series, beginning with a new episode of “Wild Kratts,” on the week of June 1. Stay tuned on June 15 when the "Super Why" gang heads off on their around the world adventure.  

The summer learning initiative will also include themed programming on-air, online and on mobile, as well as partnership activities to support increased literacy. With content that is both educational and engaging, AETN's offerings are designed to help kids and parents build skills while having fun during their break.

Check out our PBS KIDS weekday programs to help keep your kids reading this summer and sign up for our AETN KIDS GO! Club to stay up to date on programs, events, book suggestions and more.

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