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

Parent's Blog

Tis the Season to be a PBS KID!

From a special Hanukkah Problem with “Peg + Cat” to a trip back in time with “Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas” to fun with Thomas & Friends, Cat in the Hat, Wild Kratts and more, we have special treats for all of the wonderful PBS KIDS watching this season! Tune in for special holiday-themed episodes throughout December on AETN and AETN PBS KIDS.

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“Decide to Strive — Not Hide” #CSforAR PSA Contest Winner

AETN was proud to partner with Women’s Foundation of Arkansas, AT&T, the Arkansas Department of Education and Acxiom to launch the #CSforAR student public service announcement pitch contest this year. Last Friday, Dec. 8, we were thrilled to see the winning video from Pinnacle View Middle School’s Michelle Gong and Emma Brown premieres at the Girls of Promise Coding Summit. Now, you have a chance to see the PSA for yourself — here and in movie theaters across the state!

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Downloads and Activities

Resources to help families cope in emergencies and other challenging times.

Tuning In


AETN is Arkansas's only statewide public media network that not only delivers local, award-winning productions relevant to Arkansans but is one of 175 Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member stations licensed by the FCC. PBS, an affiliation of local stations around the nation, does not produce programs but aggregates programs on behalf of the member stations.

AETN Create

Create TV 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 supports early learning in Arkansas by broadcasting PBS KIDS programming 24 hours a day, seven days a week on AETN PBS KIDS. The schedule of children’s daytime programming will differ on AETN and AETN PBS KIDS, offering families a variety of options. In addition to watching on television, AETN PBS KIDS is available to live stream on various devices and with an interactive gaming feature. Learn more at pbskids.org.

AETN World

WORLD is a 24/7 channel featuring public television’s signature nonfiction documentary, science and news programming complemented by original content from emerging producers. When the Arkansas House of Representatives is in session, AETN broadcasts coverage on AETN World. Additionally, AIRS is broadcast on AETN World SAP.


Arkansas Information Reading Services for the Blind (AIRS) is broadcast as second audio program (SAP) on AETN World. This is a free service of the Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Services for the Blind, in partnership with AETN. AIRS broadcasts are intended exclusively for listeners with visual impairment and print disabilities. For more information and program schedule, visit the AIRS Webpage. A live audio stream is also available.

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

Connecting with AETN

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.

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.

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.