WUSF - PBS Kids Initiatives

PBS KIDS Mobile Learning Program WUSF Public Media, in collaboration with PBS distributed free learning apps to preschool-age children in under-served communities. “Dinosaur Train Camera Catch!” (for iPhone/iPod Touch) and “All Aboard the Dinosaur Train” (for iPad). Both apps are designed to improve math skills for children ages 3-5 and each app usually costs $1.99. WUSF Public Media distributed 500 free app codes to parents, educators, and caregivers in underserved neighborhoods by reaching out to local Pre-K, afterschool care, daycare centers, pre-school church organizations and public library facilities.

PBS Kids Raising Readers Library Corners WUSF is a host station for the PBS Kids Raising Readers Library Corners initiative. The PBS KIDS Raising Readers initiative uses research-based, innovative television programs and related multi-media content to help meet the critical literacy needs of children ages 2-8, from low-resource families. The initiative harnesses the power of the media to enhance early literacy skills using content from PBS KIDS shows as a springboard for quality learning.

The PBS Kids Raising Readers Library Corners are intended for Title 1 schools and libraries. WUSF has installed one Library Corner at the North Tampa Library and at the Wauchula Public Library and is working on additional library corners. WUSF is working in collaboration with WEDU on this project. The national project is funded by U.S. Department of Education's Ready To Learn grant with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS, and the Ready to Learn Partnership. www.pbskids.org/read/about

Jet Blue and PBS KIDS Soar with Reading WUSF was selected in September 2012 to partner with JetBlue and PBS KIDS’ Soar with Reading program garnering 200 books for pre-school age children attending the Head Start program at the University Area Community Center in Tampa.