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AETN provides educational programming, resources for families to curb learning loss this summer

Posted 16 Jun 2016

The Arkansas Educational Television Network and PBS KIDS help keep kids learning all summer long with resources and new daytime children's programming beginning Monday, June 20.

Summer can be a time of academic enrichment for children or a time of learning loss. Unless students continue reading or join engaging programs, children risk losing two to three months of reading skills over the summer. Only 21 percent of Arkansas students currently have access to high-quality programs according to the Arkansas Campaign for Grade-level Reading.

According to the National Summer Learning Association website 'summer learning loss, the phenomenon where young people lose academic skills over the summer, is … one of the strongest contributors to the high school dropout rate.' The NSLA website also says summer learning loss can leave low-income students two and a half to three years behind their classmates by the time they enter fifth grade.

AETN is offering PBS KIDS educational resources to help families in Arkansas close the gaps in summer learning and overall achievement. Summer activities, reading charts, coloring sheets and other materials featuring favorite PBS KIDS characters are available at

Special summer programming beginning June 20 includes:

In addition to programming, HarperCollins Publishers' 'I Can Read!' Books and PBS KIDS have partnered to offer free reading party kits to help families host 'I Can Readathon!' at-home events. Materials include an 'I Can Read!' activity booklet, reading logs, activity pages, certificates and more that can be downloaded at Parents and educators can win an 'I Can Readathon' party kit from AETN through the network's Facebook page ( during June and July.

Extended learning ideas, child development tracking and recommended games and activities for parents and caregivers are available for free at PBS KIDS also offers a variety of free apps for parents and kids that support summer learning and exploration, including the new PBS KIDS Games app. Information is available at PBS KIDS programming and content is available for free on the PBS KIDS Video App, which can be downloaded from iTunes, Google Play and Amazon.

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 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. Additional information is available at AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro) and KETZ (El Dorado).