Ohio’s PBS stations, through a partnership with the Ohio Department of Education, are working with local summer and after school programs to address disruptions to learning caused during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Called OHIO LEARNS 360, this new initiative provides families, after school and summer programs with PBS resources, including standards-based curriculum and materials, virtual field trips, interactive video programs, community events and more, all designed to accelerate student learning and support the state’s most vulnerable learners in kindergarten through fifth grade.
Are you involved in an Out-of School Time (OST) program? Camp-in-a-Box is FREE and is designed for OST providers such as after school daycares, summer camps, libraries, and community centers. Each box contains five-session in-person camps geared toward K-2 and 3-5 grade bands. Aligned with Ohio content standards, the camps are based on PBS Kids programming that kids know and love, including Molly of Denali, Ready Jet Go!, Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That, Odd Squad, Wild Kratts, and more. The camps address three basic categories of learning: Literacy; Math and STEM; and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). A Curriculum and Activity Kit accompanies each Camp-in-a-Box, and includes flexible teaching resources: lesson plans,media assets, activities and home connections and all the materials needed. Best of all, training is provided FREE of charge by PBS Western Reserve staff.
Children coming home after their school day can participate in our After School 360 weekly series. Each K-5 program is aligned with the Ohio content standards and features a well-known PBS kids show, a read aloud, and hands-on activity using basic materials parents and caregivers can find at home. Join us each Tuesday at 4 PM for a new topic and activity!
Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 4 PM • Daniel Tiger - Register
Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 4 PM • Peg+Cat - Register
Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 4 PM • Donkey Hodie - Register
Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 4 PM • Nature Cat - Register
Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 4 PM • Pinkalicious - Register
Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 4 PM • Molly of Denali - Register
Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 4 PM • Rosie's Rules - Register
Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 4 PM • Pinkalicious - Register
Parents can support their child’s learning by joining the Family Webinar series. Each webinar will cover a topic for parents and will take place on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6 PM, September through May.
Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 6 PM
Closing The Learning Gap – Register
Educators, administrators and parents worked tirelessly to keep students engaged over the past two-and-a-half school years. And now we are discovering larger-than-normal gaps in learning. How will schools close these learning gaps and what can parents do to help?
Go on a virtual trip to one of Ohio’s leading cultural, scientific and historical locations! Families will meet with experts and see artifacts or collections that tell the story of Ohio. Each trip is a 45-60 minute session, to be joined live or watched on recording later.
100 Years of Discovery: Science Inside the Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Ready to go on an adventure? Take a virtual field trip to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History to see a triceratops skeleton; meet Balto, the hero dog from Alaska; and meet Lucy, who is more than 3 million years old!
Registration for this event is free. Support is provided by the Ohio Department of Education.
Thursday, Sep. 29 at 3:30pm - Register
Thursday, Sep. 29 at 5:00pm - Register
PBS Western Reserve will host In-person experiences in partnership with local community organizations to provide access to families and strengthen community connections. Upcoming events may include family learning days, education themed in-person events that focus on STEM, kid camps, and learning experiences provided at regional schools.