Founded in 1969, PBS is the nonprofit corporation whose 350 member stations reach all 50 states, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa.
PBS and its member stations are America’s largest classroom, the nation’s largest stage for the arts, and a trusted window to the world. In addition, PBS's educational media helps prepare children for success in school and opens up the world to them in an age-appropriate way.
As a multi-platform media organization that serves Americans through television, mobile and connected devices, the web, in the classroom, and more, PBS reaches 98% of American households, with 80% of households tuning in.
As the only child of a single mother, I credit PBS programming with strong social/emotional intelligence and entering kindergarten knowing how to read. I am now witnessing full-circle the impact of PBS programming as my preschool-age daughter, Aria, is educated, inspired, and informed through watching PBS shows. When we watch them together, we talk about what we see. At a time when the use of screen time is under scrutiny, the American Academy of Pediatrics even suggests children as young as 18 months can benefit from high-quality educational programming like that from PBS KIDS. Additionally, considering PBS' mission to educate, inspire, and inform, I believe that focusing more of our energies on becoming educated, inspired, and informed citizens would make the world a much better place. Making PBS programming a part of our household is a first step toward doing just that.
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