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AETN offers free, educational PBS KIDS content, tools for families this summer

This summer the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) is providing free PBS KIDS resources on-air and on digital platforms to help bridge the summer learning gap. Starting Monday, June 2, AETN will feature a new summer daytime kids' schedule, as well as a variety of digital resources and community activities to keep families learning and exploring all summer long.

"Research shows that children experience significant learning loss when they do not participate in educational activities during the summer months, and that loss is even greater among children in low-income communities," AETN Executive Director Allen Weatherly said. "AETN in partnership with PBS KIDS is working to help parents find free resources and activities to combat the summer slump."

Starting June 2, AETN will roll out PBS KIDS' new weekday "Double the Fun, Double the Learning" schedule on-air, featuring back-to-back episodes of family favorites "Wild Kratts," "Curious George," "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood," "Dinosaur Train" and "Arthur" throughout the day. The new schedule promises families double the fun and double the learning with double episodes. A full schedule is available at aetn.org/schedule.

AETN also provides parents with online resources to prevent summer learning loss. Downloadable materials available at aetn.org/parents include the AETN Parent Resource Guide, AETN KIDS reading chart, Fun on the Run Activity Book and Really, Really Fun Pages booklet. Parents may sign up their children for the AETN KIDS Club. Additionally, the page features a parents' blog highlighting new materials, special programming, upcoming events, contests, parenting tips and more.

Other online resources include:

  • PBSKIDS.org/learn – PBS KIDS provides parents with daily learning tips, extended learning ideas and recommended games and activities now through Aug. 22.
  • Camp PBS Parents – Parents can also be inspired to make this a summer full of learning and fun. Every week, parent bloggers will provide educational activities, crafts, experiments and other resources for parents to explore with their children at pbsparents.org/camp.
  • PBS KIDS partner resources – Throughout the summer, parents can download free summer learning materials from Carson-Dellosa at summerlearningactivities.com/PBS and from LeapFrog at leapfrog.com/get-school-ready.
  • Free apps – PBS KIDS offers a variety of free apps for parents and kids to support summer learning, including the new PBS KIDS Super Vision App and PBS KIDS Video. Information about the apps is available at pbskids.org/apps.
  • Free episodes and e-books – Parents can download a free PBS KIDS episode each week at iTunes.com/PBSRaisingReaders. Special episode collections will also be available to download. Through Aug. 22, the award-winning app MeeGenius will also offer a free read-along audio e-book each week at meegenius.com/PBSLearning. Special offers will be available in the LeapFrog App Center (leapfrog.com/AppCenter) throughout the summer.

PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, online, mobile and community-based programs. Kidscreen- and Webby-award winning pbskids.org provides engaging interactive content, including the PBS KIDS video player, now offering free streaming video accessible on computer- and mobile-device-based browsers.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) is Arkansas's statewide public television network that enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. For more information, visit aetn.org, or follow the AETN blog at aetn.org/engage. AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro), and KETZ (El Dorado).

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