AETN Early Education

AETN offers Early Education resources to Pre-K to 4 educators, students, parents and families.

Early education prepares children for success in school and life. AETN focuses on the value of early childhood education including parental involvement and school readiness geared to PreK-4. AETN offers families, educators and students the tools and resources necessary to enhance the learning environment and impact early learners so that they grow and succeed.

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Play together, grow together. Sesame Street toolkits provide opportunities to build closeness and confidence, make learning fun, and keep your child's world safe and secure.

Educator Resources

For resources including activities, downloads and other online tools, visit aetn.org/educators/resources.

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PBS KIDS ScratchJr.
Coding to Learn

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With PBS KIDS ScratchJr, kids can create their own interactive stories and games featuring their favorite PBS KIDS characters from "Wild Kratts," "Nature Cat," "WordGirl" and "Peg + Cat". By snapping together colorful programming blocks, children can make characters move, jump, dance and sing. In the process, kids will learn to solve problems, design projects and develop thinking skills that are foundational for later academic success.

This page offers a collection of activities and resources for parents, educators and caregivers that can be used alongside the PBS KIDS ScratchJr app. Each activity focuses on a different PBS KIDS show and is designed to engage children by giving them the opportunity to create their own projects featuring characters they know and love.

With PBS KIDS ScratchJr, children don't just learn to code, they code to learn.

For more great resources, including activities, how-to videos and a self-paced interactive educator workshop, visit PBS KIDS ScratchJr. AETN PBS LearningMedia offers a great collection of supplemental resources, as well as lesson plans, printouts, videos and programs for teaching coding.

For the ADE-approved professional development course, "PBS KIDS ScratchJr: Coding for Early Childhood," visit ArkansasIDEAS, and learn how you can develop your very own PBS KIDS ScratchJr Coding Camp.

Children in a Changing Climate: The Importance of Childcare Providers in Disasters

"Children in a Changing Climate: The Importance of Childcare Providers in Disasters"

Did you know that every day 69 million children spend part of the day separated from their parents, yet 21 states and Washington, D.C., don’t require schools and childcare providers to have basic emergency plans? (Source:SaveTheChildren.org Disaster Report). Dr. Lori Peek with the Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis for Colorado State University, presents "Children in a Changing Climate: The Importance of Childcare Providers in Disasters."

Dr. Peek's presentation is part of the Resilient Children/Resilient Communities Initiative a partnership between the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University’s Earth Institute and Save the Children, funded by a grant fromGSK. Washington County in Arkansas, one of the pilot communities, has united key players, such as Northwest Arkansas Child Care Aware, the Washington County Department of Emergency Management, and many local non-profits, government agencies and childcare providers, to discuss child-focused emergency planning and community resilience.

Resources for parents and providers: