A E T N Logo
Support The Programs You Love DONATE NOW

PBS Summer Learning Initiative bridges summer reading gap

  • Posted by
  • Julie Thomas
  • on

 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.

Engage Blog

My RBI Story: Willie Torrence
Willie Torrence has been an umpire for Little Rock RBI – in addition to his work as a collegiate and high school umpire – for more than a decade. In his RBI story, he tells us why he will always support Little Rock RBI because of how it impacts players’ lives.

Mother’s Day With Anne and Marilla
Mothers come to us in all shapes and sizes. Some are there from the very beginning, and others come to us later in life to show us the exact sort of love that we’ve always needed. This Mother’s Day, celebrate that special bond with an “Anne of Green Gables” marathon and a few of our favorite Anne and Marilla moments.

Meet Jet Propulsion at the Bentonville Film Festival
If you’ve enjoyed exploring space, science, technology and astronomy with “Ready, Jet, Go!” on PBS KIDS, don’t miss a special chance to meet Jet Propulsion, Astronomer Amy Mainzer and the show’s executive producer, Dete Meserve, Saturday, May 7! We’ll join our partners from the Bentonville Film Festival at the Bentonville Public Library from 10-11:30 a.m.

Guest Blogger Nick Harrington: My AETN Internship Experience
I have to admit that I didn’t really know what to expect when I first applied for an internship here at AETN. In the past, I had worked internships that were mostly busy work. AETN was different. I was actually helping to contribute. Overall my experience at AETN was a great one and I’d highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great starting point in looking for a career.

Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas” May 2016
“To the Bat Cave, Robin!” That was a classic line in the old “Batman” TV series, and we visit Batesville to go there - in a sense - and then make stops at Gravity Hill, the Josephine Tussaud Wax Museum and Mount Magazine in a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas”! Come with us on Wednesday, May 4, at 6:30 p.m.

PREVIOUS POSTS