As the world grapples with the spread of COVID-19, moms, dads and caregivers everywhere are adding “at-home learning” to their list of daily responsibilities. They’re flexing their multitasking muscles by turning their kitchens into classroom while still managing to show up on time for virtual staff meetings.
To support busy parents trying to navigate distance learning, the region’s public TV stations—Maryland Public Television (MPT), WETA and Howard University Television (WHUT)—are coming together for the first time to provide a coordinated schedule of free educational programs. “At-Home Learning” will air weekdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. starting Monday, April 6, on broadcast TV, through cable and satellite providers, and via MPT’s livestream.
“This collaboration illustrates the power of public TV to address an emerging need by providing at-home learning resources that support and strengthen families throughout our region.” says Larry D. Unger, MPT president and CEO.
“At-Home Learning” features programming to serve all school-age children and is structured to supplement curriculums in three segments: Early Learners (pre-k through 3rd grade), Middle Grades (4th through 8th grade), and High School (9th through 12th grade). For example, early elementary students can learn math skills by watching “Odd Squad,” while “Genius by Stephen Hawkins” provides math and science enrichment for high schoolers.
Parents who want additional learning material can find free “At-Home-Learning” tools on each network’s website. They can also subscribe to the PBS KIDS daily newsletter for activities and tips to help kids play and learn at home.
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MPT, WETA and WHUT are widely known for their dedication to the communities they serve and their emphasis on education. So it’s no surprise that these networks have collectively built a “school away from school” for the entire region.
“We are proud to join forces with Maryland Public Television and WHUT to make this important content widely accessible in the National Capital Area,” says WETA president and CEO, Sharon Percy Rockefeller.
This free academic service will continue until students in the Maryland, Northern Virginia and D.C. metro area have returned to their classrooms once the coronavirus distancing regulations have been lifted.
Parents can find the program schedule and all additional resources at thinkport.org/athomelearning/.