Outreach Projects

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Outreach at UNC-TV is designed to extend the impact of our programming by making resources accessible through partnerships and serving targeted communities. It is a service to the community that provides meaningful dialogue, educational resources and community building through communication and training.

UNC-TV's Current Outreach Projects

Play Outside NC
Rewards and Benefits

Support for Play Outside NC provided by PNC Foundation’s Grow Up Great Initiative.
PNC Grow Up Great helps prepare children from birth to age five for success in school and in life.

Project Overview

Play Outside NC is a PNC Foundation supported project developed by the NC Institute for Child Development Professionals and UNC-TV to increase the capacity of early childhood teachers and adults with young children to help them grow early math and science knowledge and skills through the provision of a free training, tools, public events and public television programming.

Over a one-year period, the Institute partnered with UNC-TV, NC Museum of Natural Sciences and Beaufort-Hyde Partnership for Children and early childhood and outdoor learning experts.

Between June 2015 and May 2016, the project team:

  •  Developed and piloted a continuing education unit training for early childhood teachers,
  •  Gathered print and web based tools in partnership with UNC-TV, early childhood and NC outdoor learning experts  
  • Produced three television segments demonstrating replicable strategies that promote early science and math learning in outdoor environments which aired on UNC-TV’s SciTechNow,
  • Hosted three outreach community events in Eastern North Carolina, and
  • Provided three national and North Carolina presentations about the project and shared resources

Project Partners

Collaborating Partners

Teacher Training

Web-based Resources
Looking for more resources about early math and science, child development or outdoor learning? Check these out!

Community Events & Outreach
Three community events
were held with support from the PNC Foundation grant to share Play Outside NC resources in Eastern North Carolina. The events occurred during the Week of the Young Child, April 10 – 17, 2016 in Bath, Rocky Mount and Washington.

See event pictures below!


  • One national presentation and two North Carolina-based presentations were provided to share Play Outside NC resources.
  • Smart Start Executive Director’s Forum – March 2016
  • NC Child Care Resource & Referral Network Conference – April 2016
  • Smart Start 2016 National Conference – May 4, 2016

PNC Play Outside NC TV Segments
View television segments created for the Play Outside NC project to illustrate how adults can support young children growing their understanding of early math and science concepts!

  • Segment 1 – Explore and More – Measuring and Exploring the Outdoors – scroll to last story in this UNC-TV SciTechNow NC episode
  • Segment 2 – Counting – Math and Science In Your Own Backyard
  • Segment 3 – Nature Activities - Tree Trail, Matching & Bark Rubbings

Check out more information here.

For more information about other UNC-TV outreach projects, contact Pamela Orr, PreK-12 Director at 919-549-7149.