Stop Summer Learning Loss

Last Updated by Tom Axtell on

Teachers and national research report that the first six weeks of the school year are spent reviewing and re-learning skills and subjects children have forgotten over the summer. Vegas PBS is helping parents, grandparents and caregivers combat summer learning loss with hands-on family engagement workshops, an educational media lending library and new digital devices that provide dedicated PBS KIDS content all summer long. These grant funded community engagement activities are intended to enhance our educational television programs, interactive websites and mobile apps at home and on the go.

This summer, Vegas PBS will partner with numerous community organizations, including the Las Vegas Clark County Library District, the Boulder City Library District, Discovery Children’s Museum, Family to Family Connections and COX Cable, to provide a series of multi-media activities that incorporate popular PBS KIDS shows and characters. In each workshop, families will experience a unique combination of online games, video segments, related books and hands-on learning from programs kids know and love to deepen their understanding of math and literacy.

Summer is also an opportune time for parents or guardians and their children, service providers, educators and adults with disabilities to explore Vegas PBS’ educational media library serving special needs populations. The library provides FREE educational media to special needs families throughout the state of Nevada, circulating approximately 2,000 pieces of educational media per month, in partnership with Nevada Early Intervention Services specialists and the parents/children they serve, teachers from various CCSD school sites, Easter Seals specialists, ISS Baby Steps specialists and other vital community partners. Described and captioned videos are only part of the available resources.

In addition to these local Vegas PBS services, on a national level, our 24-hour PBS KIDS channel continuously experiments with new ways to engage children with media that sparks their curiosity and fosters a love of learning. For families, always on-the go, PBS KIDS now offers its high-quality, innovative content on an affordable tablet device that helps kids learn and explore with their favorite PBS KIDS characters, whenever and wherever.

A one-stop destination for PBS KIDS’ educational content, the PBS KIDS Playtime Pad provides more than 25 games and 120 video clips and music videos pre-loaded, along with 100+ hours of video on the PBS KIDS Video App. The Playtime Pad features a front-and-back camera and a Paint Box coloring app that encourages kids to flex their creative skills. The tablet is kidSAFE® Coppa-certified, and includes controls that enable parents to customize the device for each of their children, set limits on screen time using a play timer and manage what kids can access.

Summer is also a time for kids to participate in extracurricular activities. Research shows that students involved in extracurricular activities perform better in school and are more likely to graduate from high school. Many families in Southern Nevada may not be familiar with the wealth of youth activities available for their children throughout the summer months. Vegas PBS, as a part of our Keeping Kids Fit initiative, provides a list of art, music and sport activities for families to consider. Visit VegasPBS.org/kkf/youth-activities to learn more.

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