We know the past few months have been challenging for parents and caregivers who are dealing with the impact of COVID-19 while balancing the demands of work and the household with facilitating your children’s education outside of regular learning environments.
That is why we want to assure you that as your statewide public media network, Georgia Public Broadcasting is your partner in keeping students engaged in learning during this crucial period.
As Georgia’s digital education content provider for the classroom, ensuring that children have access to continued free educational resources at home or wherever else they are cared for, is a crucial part of GPB’s mission.
With our free accessibility and statewide reach, GPB is uniquely positioned to serve all Georgians in this time of need. We take great pride in our mission and capabilities to meet challenges to educational instruction brought about by COVID-19.
During this time, we have expanded our methods of content delivery to make learning resources as accessible as possible from a variety of devices and locations.
GPB Education, in collaboration with the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE), is providing digital learning resources that adhere to Georgia’s state standards to foster at-home learning across all subjects and grade levels through The Georgia Home Classroom. These resources are available at gpb.org/learn. The initiative also includes an instructional broadcast schedule airing across GPB’s nine-station statewide television network.
GPB Education’s work with the Georgia Department of Education also includes “Getting Ready” guides to help young learners set to enter kindergarten, first, second and third grade explore skills that will prepare them for the school year ahead. The guides cover physical health and wellness, English/language arts, math, science, and social studies and are accessible at gpb.org/learn.
GPB’s PBS KIDS Channel is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week with kids’ favorite shows – Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Arthur, Pinkalicious and Peterrific, Wild Kratts, Odd Squad, and many others. Check your local listings for the stations in your market. The programming also can be accessed at our GPB Kids website on the PBS KIDS app, available for free on a wide range of platforms.
We are also providing daily communications with suggestions for content, activities and learning opportunities through free training webinars for teachers, e-newslettersTwitter and Facebook.
Most recently, GPB has partnered with Bright By Text, a service that provides free childhood education and development tools, along with community resources, directly to smartphones. Parents and caregivers can sign up by texting GPB to 274448 or by filling out this form. Bright By Text subscribers can choose to receive texts in English or Spanish. The free service includes two to four text messages per week with links to tips, videos, and related developmental resources based on a child’s age.
We know that challenges still lie ahead for all of us, but GPB is committed to serving families and communities through this crisis so that our children continue to thrive.
Kind regards,Teya RyanPresident & CEO of Georgia Public Broadcasting