VPM PBS KIDS®
The signature early childhood education program of VPM.
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Clifford The Big Red Dog Books
Imagine having a dog bigger than a house! In the original story that has sparked the imaginations of young readers for generations, a little girl named Emily Elizabeth gets a tiny puppy who grows up to be the biggest dog in the whole world. With his larger-than-life stories and his huge heart, Clifford the Big Red Dog has entertained children since 1963. He’s big, he’s red, but most important, Clifford is a good friend who’s always ready to play and help.
Molly of Denali App
Go on adventures with Molly of Denali from PBS KIDS! In this app, kids ages 4-8 can play with Molly and friends in her Alaskan village, Qyah. Children can go on dog sledding missions, fish, create beading projects or help run the Denali Trading Post. The Molly of Denali app teaches children to use familiar texts such as books, diagrams, and captioned photos to solve problems, accomplish tasks, and help Molly’s friends!
About VPM PBS KIDS®
Since 1996, Ready To Learn, now VPM PBS KIDS ®, has been the signature early childhood education initiative of Virginia’s home for Public Media. The PBS KIDS ® national program invests millions of dollars annually to create high-quality resources to prepare children for school and in life.
More than 40 percent of all children do not have access to high-quality preschool, and 90 percent of brain development takes place before the age of five. VPM PBS KIDS ® works to surmount these challenges by providing information and free, accessible PBS KIDS ® resources to parents and caregivers. The program empowers parents in our communities to be their children’s first teachers at this critical time in their development.
Goals to Support Success In School for Children Ages 0-8
- Give parents, educators, and caregivers PBS KIDS ® tools to help develop social-emotional, literacy, STEM, and healthy living skills in children ages 0-8
- Empower parents to support their children’s education at home
- Provide special attention to families in our community facing the greatest educational challenges
- Inform parents of the importance of brain development, high-quality interactions, school attendance, and summer learning