Fred Roger’s Legacy — Teaching with Love & Imagination

Whether accepting an award before a celebrity-studded audience or demonstrating the art of tying shoe laces to his young viewers, Fred Rogers taught with love and imagination.

As a result, children loved him.  A recent article in the online periodical JSTOR Daily, Long Live Mr. Roger’s Quiet Revolution, tells how in 1969 children across the country sent in dollar bills and pennies totaling $4,000 to keep their favorite neighbor on the air.

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PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC Collection in PBS LearningMedia

The new PBS KIDS series, PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC, will have its broadcast premiere on WGBY this Monday, February 19. Based on the best-selling HarperCollins Pinkalicious book series by Victoria Kann, the programs will encourage children to explore the arts and spark creativity, covering areas such as music, dance and visual arts.

As Executive Producer Dorothea Gillim notes, “Research shows that participating in the arts strengthens children’s cognitive and emotional skills, and leads to higher academic performance.” Building on the animated series, PBS LearningMedia now has a new  Continue reading

Celebrating the New Year with Live from Lincoln Center, PBS LearningMedia & More

Standing with you on the threshold of a New Year, WGBY provides inspiring programming and educational resources.  In addition to Live from Lincoln Center and PBS LearningMedia, PBS Kids “A Reboot Eve to Remember,” premieres December 29 at 6:30am on WGBY Kids when all of Cyberspace celebrates a fresh start for the new year.  Parents and kids can even plan their own “Reboot Eve” celebration using Continue reading

Holiday Support for Children With Incarcerated Parents

WGBY is proud to support @Sesame Street in Communities and @John Legend’s @FreeAmerica as they spread the important message of support for children who cannot be with loved ones over the holidays.

In addition to this behind-the-scenes’ video filmed at Sesame Street studios with John Legend and some of these children, you can see

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PBS KIDS Digital Vice President Gives TED Talk About Screen Time

This recent Ted talk by Vice President of PBS KIDS Digital, Sara DeWitt, is inspired and inspiring.  As she discusses the need to harness the power of technology as a positive in children’s lives and give parents strategies to make the most of screen time at home, she cites examples and studies of PBS KIDS programs like Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, Wild Kratts, Curious George and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.

In her talk, 3 fears about screen time for kids — and why they’re not true,

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Thomas & Friends for Family Night and the Classroom

Parents and educators have shared their appreciation for Thomas & Friends resources in helping children learn.  This week, PBS KIDS Family Night — which offers a fun, educational movie each Friday — premieres Thomas & Friends “Journey Beyond Sodor.”  This new adventure, airing at 7 p.m. Friday on WGBY Kids, shows that friendship is more important than being the favorite engine.

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WGBY Kids Fan Day This Saturday!

WGBY has a legacy of support for early education and an appreciation for the love that young viewers have for trusted PBS Kids content.  To celebrate, we’re hosting WGBY Kids Fan Day this Saturday, November 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., inside the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield.

The day promises fun for everyone in the family with favorite PBS Kids shows represented — from Curious George and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood to The Odd Squad, Wild Kratts and more.  For the many children who come in costume, it’s a chance to wear Halloween costumes one more time and to have a free photo taken.  Tickets may be purchased at the door.  To learn more  Continue reading

Peg + Cat at LittleFest 2017 on Museum Day Live!

As you can see, Peg + Cat will be at LittleFest this Saturday, September 23, bringing their problem-solving panache to Springfield’s annual celebration of literacy and learning.

Hosted by WGBY, the Springfield Museums and the Springfield City Library, LittleFest is free to all WGBY members and Springfield residents.  Because this Saturday also happens to be  Continue reading