KBTC’s Community Engagement department serves South Sound communities by offering events and resources that help kids and parents explore the world around them and develop a love of learning. We are proud to partner with local community organizations such as childcare centers, schools, libraries, businesses, civic groups and government agencies. Together, KBTC and community partners are able to harness the power of public media and expose children to the worlds of literacy, language, math, science and the arts.
By supporting community engagement projects, your company has a unique opportunity to establish itself as a committed partner in education. Your dollars will allow the projects to grow, thrive, and enhance our community. In exchange for your support KBTC will recognize your business as a key project sponsor and your companies logo will be included in on our-air promotions, on print materials, and on web promotions. Depending on the level of financial contributions, our corporate support specialist can also work with you to create customized marketing materials.
Activities to support include:
FETCH! Club is an afterschool program for kids grade 3 – 5 that is run in partnership between KBTC and the Pierce County Libraries. Kids work together in teams to solve fun science and engineering challenges from the popular PBS series Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman.
Workshops for Parents and Caregivers
Our FREE workshop explores how to make TV time educational for children. This 60 minute workshop answers many questions parents and caregivers have about TV including:
- How much TV do kids watch?
- How does TV influence them?
- What is “educational” television?
- How can TV be a teaching tool?
Workshops are scheduled throughout the year, and are presented to various sized groups from 20 – 500.
PBS Characters Appearances
Favorite PBS Kids characters are available to visit schools, libraries, child care centers and community events.
Cat In the Hat
Clifford the Big Red Dog
For details and pricing contact Susan Barbeau, Community Engagement Associate, at 253.680.7758. Characters must be scheduled at least three months prior to event.
PBS Kids Go Writers Contest
Each year KBTC holds a PBS writers and illustrator contest for kids grade K - 3. The stories are judged for a chance to win prizes. Local winners have their stories featured on kbtckids.org and their works are submitted to the national contest. National winners have their stories narrated by characters from hit PBS kids shows and are featured on pbskids.org.
The contest runs January through March.
To see past contest winners click here.