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AETN, PBS KIDS offer educational resources to improve summer learning

Posted 15 Jun 2015

Schools are dismissing for summer break, and the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) and PBS KIDS are combating summer learning loss among students through informative online resources and special programming.

Over the summer, students typically fall two months below the average for their grade level in the area of mathematical computation, according to the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA). The association also reports lower student achievement on tests taken after summer break than scores from the same tests taken before summer.

PBS KIDS is offering free, educational resources all summer long at Themed 'Summer Safari,' the site includes:

AETN will air special programs throughout the summer, beginning with the new, one-hour program 'Dinosaur Train: Zeppelin Adventure' June 15 at 10 a.m. and repeating June 17 and 19 at 10 each morning. In this special, the Pteranodon family takes off on the Dinosaur Train Zeppelin to explore the continent of Pangea.

AETN offers engaging and educational online games and activities to help stop summer learning loss based on some of the most popular PBS KIDS' programs. All online children's resources provided by AETN are easy to access at

Skills children gain include:

AETN also works to aid parents in finding unique ways to help their children learn and develop during the summer. Parents can visit for other educational materials to fight summer learning loss and download an AETN Parent Resource Guide.

PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, digital platforms and community-based programs. Kidscreen- and Webby-award winning provides engaging interactive content, including digital games and streaming video. PBS KIDS also offers mobile apps to help support young children's learning.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) is Arkansas's statewide public television network that enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the state of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. For more information, visit, or follow the AETN blog at AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro), and KETZ (El Dorado).