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Empowering Parents

AETN and PBS create an environment for the whole child, especially those who can't attend preschool. Resources for parents at home and teachers in the classroom are research-based, common core aligned and searchable by topic and age.

Because a parent is a child's first teacher, AETN creates local educational initiatives and activities and shares PBS KIDS resources, such as upcoming special broadcasts, contests, parenting tips and ideas, videos, games and apps.

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Grade Level Reading

Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

AETN is a partner in the Arkansas Grade-Level Reading Campaign that aims to have all Arkansas children reading at grade level by the end of third grade by 2020. Get started today by taking the pledge. Learn more

Working in Arkansas Communities

  • AETN reaches out to Arkansas with programs and through partnerships across the state to share AETN, PBS and PBS KIDS resources that offer lifelong learning. Learn more
  • AETN is a media and resource partner in the Arkansas Grade-level Reading Campaign that aims to have all Arkansas children reading at grade level by the end of third grade by 2020. Take the pledge today.
  • The AETN Public Media Center at the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock offers museum visitors a place to enjoy PBS educational videos, games, books, digital learning and more.
  • AETN celebrates Dr. Seuss's birthday and Read Across America Day each March by encouraging kids across Arkansas to read.
  • In conjunction with the PBS KIDS Writer's Contest, AETN hosts a local competition for students K-3. aetn.org/writerscontest
  • "Student Selects: A Young Filmmaker's Showcase" is an annual call for entries for K-12 students to try their skills at filmmaking. aetn.org/studentselects
  • AETN Youth Academy features summer learning camps for children ages 7-10 and 11-15. Kids are offered a fun learning experience in the worlds of writing, filmmaking, production and more.
  • Events such as Family Day in Conway offer families a safe, educational event to enjoy quality learning time.
  • PBS KIDS initiatives take characters such as Cat in the Hat and Buddy from "Dinosaur Train" across the state encouraging students to read and learn about the world around them.

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AETN Public Media News

A monthly e-newsletter that shares news for the month, including special television programs, educational initiatives, upcoming events and contest information. Sign up to receive news | Read the current issue.


Sign up for the AETN KIDS Club, and receive a monthly e-newsletter packed with parenting tips, recipes, activities, upcoming events, contest information and more. aetn.org/kids

PBS Parents Newsletter

Find parenting tips, timely articles, kid-friendly recipes, interactive games from PBS KIDS and more. Sign up today.

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Tuning In

AETN is committed to bridging the literacy and student achievement gaps in Arkansas and opens up the world to all children, especially those who can't attend preschool. In addition to AETN's main channel, two other channels offer inspiration and learning opportunities.

AETN-2 Create

Create TV's instructional programs provide expert advice on cooking, arts and crafts, gardening, home improvement and travel. Tune in, and be inspired to taste, grow, imagine, explore and live more fully.

AETN-3 Plus

From 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., AETN Plus brings you the best animation and educational programming for younger viewers. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, you'll find top quality professional development for educators and instructional programs for use in the classroom. And, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. each day, AETN Plus broadcasts the World channel, with repeats of your favorite PBS series and documentaries.

For AETN's full program schedule, visit aetn.org/programs.

AETN Kids Club


The AETN KIDS Club is a safe place for Arkansas parents and kids to get the latest news about events, contests, special programming, reading lists, healthy recipes and to learn about inspirational people. Sign up today at aetn.org/kids

Parent's Blog

Arkansas STEM Girls Camp
Calling Arkansas girls who have completed 5th, 6th or 7th grade! Discover the fun of STEM careers by participating in cool, hands-on activities at the Arkansas STEM Girls camp. This free event will feature a variety of sessions with women in STEM fields — including coding, science, pharmacy and more. Read more

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. Read more

PBS Parent Tools

PBS Parents provides the tools and resources for parents to be their children's best first teacher. PBS Parents is a trusted resource that's filled with information on child development and early learning that is searchable by topic, age, theme or keyword. It also serves as a parent's window to the world of PBS KIDS, offering access to educational games and activities inspired by PBS KIDS programs. pbs.org/parents

Child Development Tracker

Learn the milestones and how to talk to kids from birth through teenage years.


Adopt strategies for literacy, math and arts. Includes a bookfinder, home-school resources and more.

Fun and Games

Find printables, activities, online games.

Food and Fitness

Find recipes, smart snacks, tips on getting kids to eat right, fitness milestones and more.

Issues and Advice

How to talk about tragedies, advice for military families, raising girls/boys, children and media.

AETN PBS LearningMedia

Access more than 30,000 curriculum-aligned digital resources from 90 trusted media partners, and search, save, and share with ease.

PBS KIDS Island - Literacy activities and tracker

PBS KIDS Island provides free reading games and activities for children, parents, caregivers and teachers to use at home or in the classroom. Built on a literacy framework and scaffolded to preschool reading curriculum, PBS KIDS Island tracks a child's progress, helping parents, caregivers and teachers identify areas where the child may need additional support. pbskids.org/island

Ready To Learn

Ready To Learn is an effective children's media program that includes high-quality trans-media content and is unparalleled in its impact, value and necessity. The math- and literacy-based educational programming created by Ready To Learn provides families with effective, non-commercial content that helps prepare kids for success in school and narrows the achievement gap. pbskids.org/readytolearn

Raising Readers

PBS KIDS Raising Readers is a national literacy campaign focused on building reading skills at home, at school, in child care, and in the community.

PBS KIDS Raising Readers utilizes reading-focused PBS KIDS multimedia content, including television programming, Web content and games for parents and teachers, professional development for caregivers and teachers, and curriculum for preschool and Kindergarten settings. pbs.org/read.


PBS KIDS Lab is built on the belief that every new technology is an opportunity for learning.PBS works closely with researchers and advisers every step of the way, from building curriculum frameworks to ensure that content aligns to state and national standards, to testing early prototypes with kids. PBS KIDS Lab shares the latest and greatest in digital learning for the classroom and at home. pbs.org/lab.

PBS KIDS PLAY for Pre-K to 1st grade

PBS' first app designed specifically for parents, PBS Parents Play & Learn provides more than a dozen games parents can play with their kids, each themed around a familiar location – including at the grocery store, in a car, in the kitchen and many more. pbskidsplay.org