PBS Foundation Receives $2.4 Million for Success-Building Programs

The PBS Foundation in Arlington, Virginia, has announced grants totaling $2.4 million from the W.K. Kellogg and Kern Family foundations to further the educational mission of PBS KIDS.

Kellogg awarded a two-year, $1.5 million grant to the public broadcasting network to create a variety of resources and digital tools designed to deepen students' understanding of what they're being taught and encourage family engagement in preparing children in America's most underserved communities for success in school and life. Upcoming projects include a series of video resources for parents and caregivers that can be used to turn any part of the day into learning time. The grant also will support the creation of outreach programs designed to engage parents and educators in community-based programs that link early-learning opportunities in the home and daycare/preschool environments.

A $900,000 grant from the Kern Family Foundation will fund the creation of a catalog organized by the specific attributes that support social and emotional development and character-building traits such as honesty, compassion, and responsibility. Parents will have access to hundreds of digital and video resources, including games and offline activities that focus on character building and important life skills.

"PBS KIDS serves as a trusted partner for millions of Americans, supporting children at their most critical time of growth," said Lesli Rotenberg, general manager, children's media, PBS. "Through the generous support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Kern Family Foundation, and in partnership with our local PBS stations, we now have an opportunity to inspire even more children to reach their full potential."