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Nine PBS Educator and Caregiver Toolkit

Guided by our commitment to serve the community and our strong foundation in education, Nine PBS connects partners, childcare providers, and families with trusted PBS KIDS resources, opportunities, and information to advance outcomes in our youngest, and most vulnerable, learners.

This online learning toolkit streamlines Nine PBS’s early learning resources into one easy-to-use place for educators, parents, and caregivers. The goal is to decrease the digital divide and increase literacy, school readiness, and the quality of education. 

You will find links to schedules, trusted educational content, activities, learning goals, and targeted resources for teachers and for parents. 

Click here to download our printable toolkit! (PDF)


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Nine PBS’s award-winning kids’ program has shifted gears to meet school readiness needs. The highly anticipated new season of Teaching in Room 9 reflects Nine PBS’s commitment to prepare kids for school and for life. With a brand new in-studio set, a permanent host, and field trips to treasured landmarks and essential health care providers, Teaching in Room 9 continues to transform the early childhood educational landscape. Watch live Monday through Friday from 9:30–10:00 am beginning September 4 or stream on Nine PBS’s YouTube channel.


Family and Community Learning sessions engage families in active, hands-on learning experiences. Designed for families with kids aged 5–8 (and younger/older siblings), the sessions use creative play and exploration to introduce kids and grown-ups to digital and hands-on tools to spark interest in various subjects.

PBS KIDS Family and Community Facilitator Guides:

Ready Jet Go: Educators | Parents
Ruff Ruffman: Educators | Parents
Financial Literacy

PBS KIDS Elinor Wonders Why
Guidebook 1
Guidebook 2
Guidebook 3


PBS KIDS believes the world is full of possibilities, and so is every child. As the number one educational media brand for kids, PBS KIDS helps children ages 2-8 learn lessons that last a lifetime. Through television, digital media, and Nine PBS’s community-based programs, PBS KIDS wants children to see themselves uniquely reflected and celebrated in lovable, diverse characters who serve as positive role models, and to explore their feelings and discover new adventures along the way.

Families can watch PBS KIDS free on Nine PBS (9.1), Nine PBS KIDS 24/7 channel (9.2), and the PBS App (on mobile and connected-TV devices), plus Spectrum digital cable and streaming on DirecTV Stream and YouTube TV.


PBS KIDS shows are rooted in educational and learning opportunities around specific topics and age ranges. Explore all of our show and find out how they help children grow and thrive.

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Download PBS KIDS Learning Goals PDF: English | Spanish


PBS and the Nine PBS have curated FREE, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more just for teachers like you, at

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As schools close, Nine PBS Learning Media provides educational content online that is perfect for distance learning and resources which are searchable by subject, grade (Pre-K, Early Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School, High School), and standard.


Share these resources with your families through your school website, direct email or via Facebook, Twitter, See-Saw or other school-approved parent communication apps.

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Join the Nine PBS Teachers Corner and tell us what resources you need and start the conversations you want to have with other St. Louis area teachers. We will keep a steady drum beat of awesome PBS teacher resources we have access to, but hope you also chime in with what is working for you and your students, parents, and fellow teachers. Join the conversation!

Tell us what you need

We want to make sure we provide teachers with access to the resources and ideas that are going to help them. Do you have a suggestion or comment about what can be added or changed with this toolkit? Join the Facebook group above and post a message, or email us at


PBS KIDS for Parents

Explore resources to help you raise kind, curious and resilient children. Find parenting tips, hands-on activities, games, and apps featuring your favorite PBS KIDS characters, at PBS KIDS for Parents.

PBS KIDS Video App

The PBS KIDS Video app is available on mobile, tablet, and connected TV devices and offers on-demand educational videos, and a live stream of the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel.  No subscription required.

PBS KIDS Games App

The PBS KIDS Games app has nearly 200 educational games like Cookie Monster's Challenge and Play and Learn Science, which can be downloaded for offline play anytime, anywhere.


PBS offers children educational games and videos from Curious George, Wild Kratts and other PBS KIDS shows so children can learn while they play.

Nine PBS Parents Corner

Join the Nine PBS Parents Corner | Facebook group and tell us what would be helpful as you do the critical work of raising children. You’ll also get the opportunity to connect with parents and caregivers across Missouri and Illinois in conversations. We will keep sharing great content for kids, and hope you chime in with what is working for you and your family. Join the conversation!

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Bright by Text has partnered with Nine PBS to provide research-based tips and links to trusted resources that help subscribing parents and caregivers support the learning and development of children. The texting service is available in English and Spanish. Current messages focus on helpful ways to talk to your children about COVID-19, as well as activities to do at home, how to manage stress during an outbreak, and more. Text CARE to 274448 or visit to sign-up right now.

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