As the country bands together to stem the tide of the COVID-19 pandemic, PBS and its member stations are helping our audiences and communities navigate this challenging time.

To accompany our regularly scheduled programming, PBS will fill informational, cultural and educational voids with special programming on the COVID-19 outbreak, KIDS programming that continues meet the educational needs of our young viewers, and cultural content.

We will ensure that our content is free and easy to access in order to meet all viewers where they are.

Now more than ever, Americans are looking for a credible source for information and news, a calm voice in a chaotic environment, and a trusted advisor to help them navigate these complex times. Working together, we will continue to serve our audiences with the kind of vital programming and resources that are the hallmark of public television.

As Paula Kerger wrote in a recent editorial for The Hill:

“As education has moved from the classroom and into the home, teachers and parents across the country are turning to public media to help bolster learning.”

On Thursday, March 19, PBS Newshour first aired ‘Confronting the Coronavirus.’ This special focused on health precautions for individuals and the public at large, as well as the pandemic’s economic impact in both the United States and globally.

For a full run-down on upcoming special programming, click HERE.

PBS programming was also featured in The Wall Street Journal’s streaming guide HERE.

Through AMERICAN PORTRAIT, PBS is encouraging viewers to stay connected during such an uneasy and isolating time.

As schools across the country close or switch to virtual curriculums, PBS Children’s Media and Education team has stepped in to offer a variety of resources to support families and educators.

PBS KIDS, Penguin Young Readers andRandom House Children’s Books announced a special collaboration with former First Lady Michelle Obama in support of the recently announced “Read Together, Be Together” Penguin Random House literacy initiative and PBS KIDS’ “Read-Along” effort on Facebook and YouTube.

Recently, Variety profiled the essential, hardworking men and woman who ensure that our programming stays on the air during the pandemic. Read the article,“TV’s Unsung Heroes: How Skeleton Crews Are Still Keeping Networks Like CBS on the Air,” HERE.

On the local level, we applaud the PBS member stations across the country who are finding creative ways to meet the educational needs of their young learners. Many stations have partnered with local school districts and educators to support them as schools close and distance learning becomes an immediate need. See below for select coverage highlighting station efforts.


The Montgomery Advertiser: No online learning? With schools closed from coronavirus, these teachers air TV lessons

DeKalb County Times-Journal:Alabama Public Television announces “Learn at Home”

WSFA 12 News: School lessons to broadcast on Alabama Public Television


Arizona Daily Independent: The Push To Get Vital COVID-19 Information To Arizonans Who Don’t Speak English

Azcentral: No online learning? With schools closed from coronavirus, these teachers air TV lessons

AZ Education News: Parent and community resources for Arizona families during COVID-19

Azcentral: Arizona PBS will show educational programming for students during coronavirus closures


Pine Bluff Commercial News: Arkansas PBS to continue AMI broadcasts for rest of school year

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: School doors to remain closed Learning at home is new norm for the rest of school year

Heber Springs Sun-Times: Arkansas PBS offers expanded viewing options for Arkansas AMI, pledges support during school closures Arkansas PBS partners with Arkansas Department of Education


Washington Post: If online learning isn’t working for your kids, try public television and radio stations

Inland Empire Community Newspapers: Amid school closures, KVCR teams up with Riverside, San Bernardino county schools

KCET: Los Angeles Unified ‘At-Home Learning’ Partnership With California PBS Stations Now Has Over 30 States with Local Stations Using the Model


Western Slope Now: PBS Expands Educational Programming Amid Pandemic


Miami’s Community Newspapers: At-Home Learning Programming from South Florida PBS

News Press: WGCU built on a 50-year commitment to education and information

Pensacola News Journal: No online learning? Teachers are putting school on TV


The Newnan Times-Herald: GPB providing digital learning resources


Lakeshore Public Media: Lakeshore PBS streaming local educational documentaries


Newsbug: Indiana Department of Education, PBS teaming up to offer remote learning resources

Shelby News: Free online learning tools available to Hoosier students, parents

Indy Star: Coronavirus: Greater Lafayette parents adjust to e-learning with children home for the rest of the school year

Kokomo Perspective: Indiana Department of Education, PBS teaming up to offer remote learning resources


Iowa PBS: Educating Iowa’s children during a pandemic

The Bloomfield Democrat: Resources now available to support student learning at home

WMT Radio: Online Options Introduced for Iowa Pre-K-12 Students During Pandemic

The Des Moines Register: No online learning? Teachers are putting school on TV


Daily InterLake: PBS and Office of Public Instruction collaborate on programming during school closure


KATC: Watch Broadway Shows From The Comfort Of Your Home With A Small Donation To A PBS Station


TV Technology: Local TV Stations Take on Remote Learning Needs

Bay Net: MD & DC Public TV Stations launch “At-Home Learning” initiative offering educational resources

Cumberland Times News: At-Home Learning sessions offered by television stations


The Boston Globe: Coronavirus offers an opportunity for innovation in education

NBC NEWS: How to reach students without internet access during coronavirus? Schools get creative

Education Week: An Unexpected Tool for Remote-Learning During Coronavirus: Public TV Stations

NEPR: NEPM Partners with MA Dept. of Education to Provide Distance Learning Options During School Closures


WSGW: Michigan PBS Stations to Offer At-Home Learning

Southbend Tribune: WNIT offers at-home learning resources


MBP Online: MPB, PBS continue to support learning as coronavirus disrupts academic schedules

WMC5: Education leaders forced to make tough decisions amid coronavirus outbreak


TV Technology: Local TV Stations Take on Remote Learning Needs


Havre Daily News: MontanaPBS continues to provide free resources to support students learning at home, educators

Havre Daily News: MontanaPBS, OPI support students with online resources, revised TV programming

Wahpeton Daily News: At home learning is available from Prairie Public


NP Telegraph: NET offers online resources for kids, families


Nevada Business: Vegas PBS Will Broadcast Curriculum-Based Content

Las Vegas Review Journal: Vegas PBS expanding educational TV while schools are closed

Las Vegas Sun: Recognizing digital divide, CCSD will educate students ‘to the best of our ability

News 3 Las Vegas: Vegas PBS to broadcast curriculum-based learning for pre-K to 12th grade


Manchester Ink Link: Remote learning resources from New Hampshire PBS


The Washington Post: If online learning isn’t working for your kids, try public TV and radio stations

Sparta Independent: New Jersey teachers are holding class online through NJTV Learning Live


KRQE: APS and NMPBS launch at-home television and web lessons

Las Cruces Sun News: KRWG to air at-home learning broadcasts for New Mexico’s K-5 students


Eagle News Online: Learn-at-Home television programming announced

Time Out: WNET replaces regular programs with newly-launched At Home Learning on WLIW21


The Progressive Pulse: UNC-TV provides educational programming to keep North Carolina children learning while schools are closed

ABC 11: NCDPI , UNC-TV roll out 50 hours of weekly TV programming for remote learning


Wahpeton Daily News: At home learning is available from Prairie Public


USA Today: No online learning? With schools closed from coronavirus, these teachers air TV lessons

The Blade: PBS rolls out new educational programming for at-home students

Idea Stream: Ohio Public Television Stations Launch Home Learning Initiative

Herald Dispatch: Ohio PBS stations put together YouTube playlist for teachers

WKYC: Ohio’s PBS stations offer at-home learning during time of COVID-19 pandemic


The Oklahoman: Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OETA educational broadcasts begin Monday for at-home learning

The Daily Press: OETA makes distance learning possible for Oklahoma’s students

The Lawton Constitution: OETA, board of education collaborate on education programming


OPB: Are You Suddenly Your Child’s Teacher? You’re Not Alone. Here’s Help.

Mail Tribune: Medford schools gear up for ‘anywhere learning’


PA Post: State’s public television network offered as learning platform to Pennsylvania schools

Penn Live: Harrisburg schools can’t reach all students online, so they’re going to try public television

Sun Gazette: PA Department of Education expands Learning at Home

Trib Live: WQED aids learning during covid-19 pandemic

Post Gazette: Educational television when Pittsburgh needs it most


TV Technology: Local TV Stations Take on Remote Learning Needs


The Brookings Register: S.D. Public Broadcasting airs at-home learning programs


WATE: PBS, Tennessee Dept. of Education offering daily content for students

Williamson Herald: State department of education to show instructional lessons on PBS

Times News: Out-of-school Tenn. students can turn to PBS for instructional content

Daily News Journal: Rutherford County teachers deliver PBS lessons for students across Tennessee


Rio Grande Guardian: With schools closed, PBS is providing more educational programming

Dallas Innovates: Learning in the Living Room: 12 Resources for Making Education From Home Easier

News West 9: Basin PBS, ECISD bring more educational content to West Texas students stuck at home

Houston Chronicle: Texas A&M System to launch TV series on COVID-19

North Texas News: KERA launches new television lineup of educational programs to support At-Home Learning from pre-K to 12th grade


TV Technology: Local TV Stations Take on Remote Learning Needs


Vermont Biz: State to partner with Vermont PBS to provide educational programming to Vermont students

St. Albans Messenger: Vermont PBS partners with state to bring educational programming to kids

Burlington Free Press: Learning at home: Fun and free online resources for Vermont kids


WSLS: Teachers on TV: How you can watch Virginia learning content on your home TV

WHSV: Public media stations team up with education department for ‘VA TV Classroom’

WHSV: ‘Virtual Virginia’ allowing teachers to host classrooms virtually

Southwest Times: Television can be educational

Henrico Citizen: Virginia public media stations offering teacher-led classroom instruction

Roanoke Times: State launches new educational resources via TV, online during shutdown


Quad City Herald: Washington state PBS stations partner with OSPI to offer distance learning to teachers and families

Seattle pi: 14 free virtual learning resources for Seattle kids and parents during the COVID-19 pandemic

Crosscut: WA rushes to provide emergency child care for essential workers


Education Week: An Unexpected Tool for Remote-Learning During Coronavirus: Public TV Stations

WVPB: The West Virginia Channel Provides At-Home Learning for Students And Educators During Closures


Duluth News Tribune: PBS launches ‘At Home Learning’

Channel 3000: Wisconsin’s PBS stations to begin at-home learning broadcasts

W News: Wisconsin’s PBS Stations to Begin At-Home Learning Broadcasts Monday, March 30

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