Empowering Parents

Empowering Parents

Arkansas PBS believes that parents are a child's first teacher. Below you will find resources from Arkansas PBS, PBS and PBS KIDS to help you on your parenting journey.

Join Arkansas PBS for Reading in the Delta this May

Arkansas PBS will host four Fun Family Reading Events this May as part of Reading in the Delta, an initiative to provide literacy resources and encourage family engagement.

Events are scheduled for the following cities and dates:

  • Parkin – Downtown corner of Parkin St. and Church St., Saturday, May 1, at 1 p.m.
  • Forrest City – Forrest City Library, Monday, May 3, at 4:30 p.m.
  • Helena-West Helena – Boys and Girls Club of Phillips County, Thursday, May 6, at 4:30 p.m.
  • Eudora – Eudora City Park, Saturday, May 15, at 1 p.m.

Each event will include a meal, story time featuring "Dragons Love Tacos," and resources and snack bags for each family to take home.

The events are made possible by funds from the Joan R. and Charles M. Taylor II Memorial Endowment Fund. Other partners include Rural Community Alliance, Arkansas Imagination Library, Southern Bancorp, Arkansas Foodbank and Foodbank of Northeast Arkansas.

Learn more about Reading in the Delta here.

April is Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month, and PBS KIDS has several shows to help celebrate! PBS KIDS gives representation for autism all year long with characters in programs including “Hero Elementary,” “Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum,” “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” “Arthur” and “Sesame Street.” These shows feature unique characters on the autism spectrum, highlighting their differences while also teaching kids the importance of acceptance.

Read More Here: PBS KIDS Autism Awareness Month Specials

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Sesame Street in Communities

Arkansas PBS is offering Early Learning workshops on Arkansas PBS Learn. In partnership with Sesame Street in Communities, we hosted four workshops in March 2021. Click here to create an account and view the following workshops:

  • Literacy with Dr. Dionne Jackson
  • Literacy with Kelley Klein
  • Traumatic Experiences with Carol Crockett
  • Health Emergencies with Jackie Govan

Click here to visit ssic.org

Virtual Early Learning Summit

We are hosting a virtual early learning community summit on literacy for educators, parents and families on Tuesday, April 20, at 6:30 p.m. You will hear from early learning experts from the community; Dr. Charlotte Green, executive director for Arkansas Imagination Library and founder of Arkansas Preschool Plus, and Sandy Aguirre, early childhood director for CAPCA, and a special guest from Sesame Workshop, Jasmin Williams, senior project manager of U.S. Social Impact at Sesame Workshop.

Click here to register and join us for the summit on Tuesday, April 20, at 6:30 p.m.

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PBS Back to School

Back to School

This school year looks different for all of us. To help families, teachers and students, Arkansas PBS and PBS KIDS has resources to help us work together to bolster our children’s feelings of confidence and security. Find ways to create and practice routines, cope with anxieties and emotions, find games and ways to learn at home.

Visit PBS Parents pbs.org for downloadable resources such as checklists, planners and information on routines and learning at home.

Suicide Prevention

September is Suicide Prevention Month

Help your family, children and students navigate this difficult topic with an online series created for educators by ArkansasIDEAS - also helpful to families searching for guidance.

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Be a Good Citizen

Our educators have created toolkits and resources for parents and teachers to help guide and engage children through the civics process during this election year.

Creating opportunities to talk with your child about being a good citizen and the elections process early on helps develop an understanding of how to ask questions, become an educated voter, and learn how to speak to other citizens in productive ways in order to problem solve.

Find what you need here...

Blueberry's Clubhouse

Blueberry's Clubhouse

Check out our latest kid's show, "Blueberry’s Clubhouse", an Arkansas PBS original series produced in partnership with the Arkansas Arts Center!


Empowering Parents as Teachers

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Many parents choose to teach their children at home, instead of enrolling them within the formal settings of public or private schools. Arkansas PBS supports parents in reimagining learning, transforming education, and in creatively engaging with their children.

Homeschooling Resources Provided by PBS

PBS LearningMedia

PBS LearningMedia Homeschool Collection

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Arkansas PBS PBS LearningMedia is the go-to destination for instant and free access to tens of thousands of digital resources including videos, games, audio clips, photos, lesson plans, and more.

Parents Blog

  • “Quiz Bowl” Returns April 24

    Watch high school students from across the state showcase their intellect in the annual Arkansas Governor’s Academic Competition “Arkansas Quiz Bowl 2021”! Fourteen teams in seven conferences will take on the challenge for state titles and scholarships Saturday, April 24, beginning at 9 a.m.


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  • Ground Control to Nettleton STEAM

    While the events of a story stay the same, how we retell those events to ourselves evolves with us – and a single story, told well, can provide a lifetime of inspiration. Explore the story behind “To the Stars and Back” with producer Corey Womack and learn how project-based learning, a dedicated school and faculty and an involved community made it possible! Then, watch the NASA downlink documentary – created in partnership with Nettleton STEAM, Arkansas Department of Education, NASA, Arkansas State University, Every Child Is Ours, Nettleton School District and Arkansas STEM Coalition – Thursday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m.

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Last Updated 13 Apr 2021