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Back to School Resources

Make back to school fun with these cool activities from PBS Parents.

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Because a parent is a child's first teacher, AETN provides educational resources, as well as local initiatives such as special broadcasts, contest, parenting tips and ideas, videos, games and apps.

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Resources and Activities

Watch your favorite show, play a game, check a program time, download a learning app and more through AETN and PBS online.

Parent's Blog

  • Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Sweater Drive 2019

    For more than five years, Arkansans have helped libraries across the state to collect thousands of sweaters in the memory of Fred Rogers’ neighborly spirit. Find out how you can help continue this outstanding legacy and care for those in need in your community by participating in the 2019 Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive. Read more
  • The Tale is in the Telling: Mastering the Art of Getting Lost in the Weeds

    When the “Once Upon a Time in Arkansas” crew uncovered the story of Dexter Harding’s Sawdust Bridge, it was not only a ghost story. It was the ghost of a story — almost all but lost. Hear how a master storyteller — John Mitchell, a volunteer docent for the Jefferson County Historic Museum — helped bring it and a nearly lost art to life with series producer Corey Womack. Read more
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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
  • 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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PBS Parent Tools

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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


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

Fun and Games

Find printables, activities, online games.

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

Empowering Parents as Teachers

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Many parents choose to teach their children at home, instead of enrolling them within the formal settings of public or private schools. AETN supports parents in reimagining learning, transforming education, and in creatively engaging with their children.

Homeschooling Resources Provided by PBS

AETN PBS LearningMedia is the go-to destination for instant and free access to tens of thousands of digital resources including videos, games, audio clips, photos, lesson plans, and more.

PBS LearningMedia Homeschool Collection

PBS Learning Media

Downloads and Activities

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"GobbledyBook" is an exciting, new AETN digital series that helps children develop a love of books and reading.

Last Updated 04 Sep 2019