WQLN Education’s mission is simple:
To increase the academic potential of children by delivering educational programs and services to families, teachers, and the community at large, supporting education in the classroom and at home.
Learning begins in the home, and it is through the WQLN Families Turn on to Literacy™ program that parents discover the importance of their role as their child’s first teacher. Through a series of workshops, parents are empowered to create a home environment conducive to learning by incorporating smart TV viewing habits – as with PBS Kids programming – selecting quality literature, and engaging in hands-on activities with their child.
Reading is an essential component of learning, which is why WQLN Education created Q-Kids Readers. Q-Kids Readers is designed to increase independent reading in the early learning years through its free book club, summer reading race, and annual elementary school reading competition. Not only does Q-Kids Readers foster a love for reading at an early age, but it introduces young students to PBS programming with the hope that they become lifelong learners.
Writing enhances reading skills, and each year WQLN Education supports its mission by presenting the PBS Kids Writers Contest. Children in grades K-3 receive a unique opportunity to express their creativity and develop their literacy skills by writing and illustrating their very own stories, competing for coveted and education-related prizes.
It takes a village to raise one child. WQLN Education’s JUMP! Back to School Expo is a community collaboration with a focus on the overall development of students from kindergarten to high school. JUMP! gives students an opportunity to learn, discover, and explore through interactive exhibits that demonstrate subjects from engineering, math, and science to music and dance, with the hope of sparking children’s interest in learning as they prepare for the upcoming school year. In addition, it provides free haircuts and dental exams to students and a chance to meet representatives of various school admission programs and other community resources.