Texas PBS strives to provide resources to kids, families and teachers to help get kids ready for school. For more than 40 years, PBS stations have been working in their communities to provide resources to help kids and families. We provide statewide educational resources for children, caregivers and parents with media tools based on research and community engagement efforts proven to help build early literacy skills for young children.
Texas Campaign for Grade Level Reading
Recently, Texas PBS joined with the United Ways of Texas to form the Texas Campaign for Grade Level Reading. This is a community-driven initiative to improve reading scores across the state.
The Campaign is a collaborative effort by foundations, nonprofit partners, business leaders, government agencies, states and communities across the nation to ensure that more children in low-income families succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career, and active citizenship. We focus on an important predictor of school success and high school graduation—grade-level reading by the end of third grade.
Research shows that proficiency in reading by the end of third grade enables students to shift from learning to read to reading to learn, and to master the more complex subject matter they encounter in the fourth grade curriculum. Most students who fail to reach this critical milestone falter in the later grades and often drop out before earning a high school diploma.
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On Television Across the State
Texas PBS stations air an average of 9.5 hours of researched, commercial-free educational children’s television each workday. Millions of children build their literacy skills with their favorite PBS KIDS characters from these shows and more:
Find out when these shows are broadcast in your area here.
Get a complete list of PBS Kids programs here.
On the Ground
Though collaborative community partnerships, Texas PBS stations provide engaging events and activities targeting children, teachers, families, community leaders and early education stakeholders. Texas PBS Raising Readers offers a range of innovative outreach campaign ideas and materials to make anytime learning time.
In the Classroom
Preschool teachers and childcare providers often have limited time and limited resources to obtain the quality professional development needed in today’s schools. PBS LearningMedia provides PreK-12 educators with access to free digital content and professional development opportunities designed to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement. PBS LearningMedia was developed in partnership with the WGBH Educational Foundation and is offered locally by all 12 Texas PBS stations.
Research Shows Our Success
Research proves Super WHY! Helps Children Learn to Read
Hit PBS KIDS® Series Boosts Literacy Skills for Preschoolers Through Interactive Storybook Adventures and Unique Educational Approach on TV, Online and in Communities.
Study Shows Greatest Skill Enhancement for Children from Low-Income Families
PBS KIDS Island Selected as “Editor’s Choice” By Children’s Technology Review
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