Rocky Mountain Public Media (RMPM) is now providing educational resources for children across the state who have been affected by school closures through its Rocky Mountain PBS (RMPBS) stations and digital presence at rmpbs.org. In response to needs expressed by educators and caregivers, this initiative will provide all students with access to free educational resources at home, both on-air and online, regardless of their broadband access.
RMPBS will be offering STEAM-focused content on-air from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., for ages 6 and up. These programs include History Detectives, NOVA, Nature and other quality PBS programs and documentaries focused on science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics. For children ages 2 and up, RMPBS will be offering programs like Wild Kratts, Peg + Cat and SciGirls between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. The entertaining and educational PBS KIDS programming will continue to be available all day on the 24/7 PBS KIDS subchannel or the free PBS KIDS Video or Games apps. For information about how to access channels based on location, visit http://www.rmpbs.org/channels/.
Rocky Mountain PBS is partnering with Denver Public Schools, and is seeking to work with other districts statewide, to curate complementary resources for on-air programs, including lesson plans and teaching guides from accredited teachers. The resources will be available online at rmpbs.org and on the free PBS Video app.
“With nearly 1 million K-12 students in the state of Colorado, our hope is to reach as many educators, students and caregivers as possible to support remote learning, keeping young minds active. We know many households don’t have access to broadband or cable, but RMPBS’s over-the-air broadcasts are free and available to everyone in the state,” said Amanda Mountain, president & CEO of Rocky Mountain Public Media. “Partnering with Denver Public Schools is the beginning of similar collaborations with school districts throughout Colorado, and we hope this initiative can serve as a model for public media organizations and districts around the country.”
“We are incredibly grateful for this partnership. Rocky Mountain PBS quickly reached out to us after announcing school closures and offered to help increase students’ access to educational resources,” said Winna MacLaren, media relations manager, Denver Public Schools. “They are helping many of our 93,000 students continue their education with remote learning.”
Rocky Mountain Public Media continues to be a trusted source for educational content and information as the community seeks resources and support related to coronavirus. For an overview of current programming, resources and initiatives, please visit http://www.rmpbs.org/covid19/.
About Rocky Mountain Public Media
Rocky Mountain Public Media is Colorado’s largest statewide, member-supported, multimedia organization and the parent company of Rocky Mountain PBS (RMPBS), KUVO Jazz and THE DROP. Rocky Mountain Public Media has more than 90,000 members representing every county in Colorado and reaches 98 percent of the state’s citizens through television, radio and digital platforms. A non-commercial media organization by and for the people of Colorado, RMPM creates high-quality local and multimedia content through Regional Innovation Centers in Denver, Colorado Springs, Durango, Grand Junction and Pueblo. RMPBS, started in Denver in 1956 as Colorado’s first public television station, is now a statewide television network, with stations in Denver (KRMA), Pueblo/Colorado Springs (KTSC), Steamboat Springs (KRMZ), Grand Junction (KRMJ) and Durango (KRMU). Visit RMPBS at www.rmpbs.org.