Early Childhood Services
Learn how to prepare young children for school success through workshops and resources that extend the educational value of PBS KIDS Programming.
KLRN is one of seven PBS stations in the nation to present a new project called The New Generation Pilot. Powered by Bright by Three and supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, KLRN has launched a FREE localized opt-in text message service, Bright by Text. The project engages families from throughout KLRN’s 30-county viewing area!
Bright by Text is a FREE parent and caregiver messaging program that sends tips and resources promoting child development, targeted to a child’s age from birth to 5 years old. We share quality information and trusted resources that are comprised of research-based content from Bright by Three and other trusted providers, such as PBS KIDS, PBS Parents, Vroom, The Fred Rogers Company and Sesame Workshop.
To opt-in, text KLRN to 274448.
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Ready, Set, Grow!
KLRN’s Ready, Set, Grow! program offers families (with young children) an opportunity to connect in a family-friendly, educational environment. Activities are for the community at large as well as military and veteran families.
Families meet once a week to participate in parallel play experiences, and explore PBS KIDS programs, apps and resources. Families also attend workshops that explore integrating science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) at home, and learn about developmental milestones. Through Ready, Set, Grow!, KLRN presents the Play & Learn series.
Participants share learning opportunities for infants, toddlers and preschool children with group facilitators. We explore development areas: social-emotional, language, cognitive, physical and motor (fine and gross). We promote learning as a lifelong adventure and help to identify “anytime as learning time.”
Each series is 10 weeks. At each activity, we offer a snack, Circle Time, child-directed play, group activities, and gross motor activities. Participants are exposed to music, movement activities and story time, and they sing songs in a large group.
The curriculum is aligned to the 2015 Texas Pre-K Guidelines as well as the Texas Infant, Toddler and Three-Year-Old Early Learning Guidelines, centers around learning themes, and is continuously modified to meet the interests and abilities of the children.
Teachers work individually with families to model for them, support them and explore new ways of delivering activities. As it is child directed play, adult caregivers learn to offer appropriate and engaging experiences in their homes for the children they care for.
The program is designed to promote child/caregiver interaction. Adults work with the child to explore early learning experiences such as painting, building structures, potting plants, and engaging in conversation. Children learn to build healthy relationships with peers and adults have the opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences with one another.
At each session, participants receive children’s books, take-home activities, and materials to use in their homes.
Funding for Ready, Set, Grow! is provided by The Boeing Company, the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, and the Najim Family Foundation.
To learn more, contact the Education Department at (210) 208-8429.