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Pennsylvania Public Media announces Partnership for Learning at Home

Apr 02, 2020 09:46AM ● By Erica Shames

As Pennsylvania’s schools close indefinitely, many families will struggle to find a path for continuing their child’s education. WVIA and Pennsylvania Public Television (PPT) are proud to announce a partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) to expand its current Learn at Home initiative that was launched last week to provide instructional programming through the seven PBS member stations in the commonwealth. Learning at Home, a robust catalog of educational programming on broadcast television, strengthened with additional online resources for teachers and families, is a bridge to distance learning opportunities while we are staying safe at home. More information about the Learning at Home partnership can be found at

PDE’s research indicates that both rural and urban pockets struggle with internet connectivity. Over 30% of learners in northern tier counties like Warren, Forest and Venango do not have internet access and as high as 60% of caregivers in some neighborhoods in Philadelphia do not have access either. They understand the need for a remix of strategies that blends old and new modalities to support the 1.7 million students across Pennsylvania. From Sesame Street for preschoolers to NOVA for high school science classes, public television offers engaging programs that will support every child’s learning.


“ WVIA and the six other Pennsylvania public television stations are well positioned to work with PDE to bring these Learning at Home resources to families and educators throughout the commonwealth, “ explained Chris Norton, VIA Senior Vice President.  “ WVIA carries award-winning PBS Kids educational programming for young children each weekday 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nature, NOVAand other fine programs for middle and high school students air weekday afternoons from 1 to 4 PM, coordinated with educational resources for teachers and parents online at”

Each of the seven stations will work with the school districts and communities where they live. Executive Directors and specialists from LIU 18, NEIU 19, as well as the CSIU have committed to partnering with WVIA to bring much needed educational support to thousands of children in our region using the power of television and public media. A rapidly evolving process, we encourage you to check back to see the progress we make. To explore what is happening in your neighborhood, visit the collaborative initiative at

These partnerships expand WVIA’s initiatives to help families and educators throughout Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania to continue education at home in this time of need. Previously announced initiatives include the virtual Town Hall, Keystone Edition: Corona Crisis, additional news and updates on WVIA Radio, Nightly Storytime with VIA on WVIA’s social channels and opening up its online documentary vault to the public to view anytime on-demand.

WVIA-TV can be found on over-the-air antenna on channel 44 and on all major network providers in Northeast Pennsylvania and the Central Susquehanna Valley. WVIA carries PBS Kids programming all day on its second channel 44.2, corresponding educational resources for PBS Kids programming can also be found at

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VIA Public Media educates, inspires, entertains and fosters citizenship, diverse cultures, and perspectives to nurture community.


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