WQLN Families


Kathy Carducci

Educational Outreach Services Manager

814-864-3001 x101

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WQLN FAMILIES is an educational multimedia project that combines television viewing (PBS programs) with books and hands on activities and...

  • Actively involves parents, teachers, students and community members.
  • Provides an opportunity for public television to connect families to educational opportunities, resources, social networks, and services.
  • Reaches out to children of varying backgrounds in an exciting way.
  • Supplies parents with information about child development.
  • Emphasizes the importance of phonemic awareness.
  • Encourages active learning in the home.
  • Provides activities and tips for parents to learn how to work with their child to develop early literacy skills and concepts.
  • Rewards families when they complete the entire workshop series.
  • Empowers families to make changes necessary to improve the education of their children.
  • Helps to form positive relationships between children, parents, educators and community partners.
  • Supports teachers with standards-based curriculum and in-class lessons.
  • Engages children and parents with guest speakers from the community.
  • Makes connections between life at school, home, the workplace and the community.
  • Supplies free books for each participating family!

WQLN FAMILIES extends the mission of all WQLN programs to enhance the quality of life by supporting literacy, learning, and social and emotional development.

WQLN FAMILIES Turn on to Literacy

WQLN FAMILIES Turn on to Literacy extends our educational outreach through a series of workshops conducted in childcare centers, schools and community centers.

Programs include four series of workshops:

  • The Traditional Literacy series supplies parents with information about child development, emphasizing the importance of how kids learn, phonemic awareness, phonics and decoding, vocabulary and word recognition, comprehension, the writing process, fluency, and higher-order thinking. PBS Kids programs included in the curriculum are Between the Lions, Super Why, and Martha Speaks.
  • The Social & Emotional Literacy (SEL) series helps children and adults develop the skills, attitudes, and values necessary to acquire competence in the SEL skill areas of self-awareness, self-regulation, social skills and relationships, and social awareness (showing empathy and perspective-taking). PBS Kids programs included in the SEL curriculum are programs like Clifford the Big Red Dog and Arthur.
  • Families are introduced to healthy eating habits, the importance of exercise, ways to stay healthy with proper hand-washing and germ control, and suggestions for increased physical activity in the Nutritional Literacy series. In addition, families learn to identify popular advertising techniques used to sell food. Jay Jay the Jet Plane, Arthur, and Berenstain Bears are the PBS Kids programs included in this curriculum.
  • Financial Literacy offers a basis for the responsible use of money and credit. Participants learn to make informed financial decisions that can affect their families and their future. PBS Kids programs included in the curriculum are Cyberchase, Arthur, and Berenstain Bears.