At the end of 2020, Arkansas PBS was awarded an early learning grant which established a partnership with Sesame Street in Communities. Sesame Street in Communities, or SSIC, brings tools and resources to caregivers, families, and children in rural areas who may not regularly engage with their local public media stations.
To reach caregivers, families, and children, we have chosen three SSIC topics to present via virtual workshops. Workshops will be live streamed on the Arkansas PBS Learn Early Learning Dashboard. They will be available for parents, providers, and caregivers to better understand how to use SSIC as a resource and a tool for their early learners. Those who are eligible may receive PDR credit upon completion of each workshop. The workshop topics are as follows:
In a time when health and wellness are so crucial, it is important to Arkansas PBS to help parents and caregivers provide social and emotional skills for their children, in addition to proper health practices. In partnering with Sesame Street in Communities, we aim to reach the small, rural communities that are often missed by other providers. Because our station reaches 99% of our state and is the only state-wide public media network, we are able to share healthy habits and offer tips and skills with almost every Arkansan.
A large percentage of children and adults in Arkansas struggles with reading and writing, which can cause them to have a hard time doing other things, like staying safe and healthy during a global pandemic. Arkansas PBS chose Literacy as a Sesame Street in Communities topic because we think it is the basis of healthy living. In our state, which is more than 70 percent rural and has low educational attainment rates, Arkansas PBS strives to teach parents and caregivers the fundamentals of literacy to help pave the way for children to be successful in school and life.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Arkansas has the highest prevalence of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), or traumatic experiences, in the nation. 56% of children in Arkansas have experienced at least one ACE. As a rural state, childhood trauma is not easy to confront. With the help of Sesame Street in Communities, Arkansas PBS can reach nearly the entire state to change the course of children’s lives. By partnering with SSIC, we can equip parents and caregivers with the tools to address, combat and prevent childhood trauma in Arkansas, creating a better future for our state.
During the month of March, we are presenting four workshops from Early Childhood Education professionals. Please, join us and share!
For more information about our SSIC workshops or to register for the workshops, myarkansaspbs.org/ssic.