WQLN Education envisions a community where all children are inspired to learn. We connect parents, grown-ups, teachers and children to quality PBS KIDS programming to improve the outcomes of all children.

WQLN PBS Wash & Learn

Wash & Learn is a program where a small space inside laundromats located in urban communities are transformed into an informal "pop-up library" or a learning space where children have access to high-quality literacy, books, and materials, as their parents wait to wash and dry their clothes.

Our pop-up libraries are filled with our beloved PBS KIDS character books, books celebrating diversity, PBS Playtime Pads, which comes with ready to play content to include 120 video clips, songs, and music videos.

These learning spaces are filled with bright and cheerful colors, seating, and shelving to store numerous books, a white board, flat screen TV, all designed to encourage children to read, explore and learn!

Why a laundromat?

Clients return weekly and wait an average of 90 minutes for their clothes to wash and dry. Laundromats are open almost 24/7, making it the ideal space to learn. Many parents work second and third shift jobs, including having to work weekends, and are often unable to take advantage of their local library services.

Phase 2 - Pending COVID-19

WQLN Education will provide two-hours of weekly programming, incorporating our beloved PBS Kids programming. A professional facilitator will present a PBS KIDS program, read a book, and include a lesson plan with engaging activities. All lessons will be curriculum-based in the content areas of literacy, math, science and social & emotional literacy, rotating throughout the year. All children will receive a free book.

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Wash & Learn Locations

Supported By

  • AmeriHealth Caritas
  • Hooked On Books for Kids Erie
  • Erie Insurance