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Welcome to UNC-TV Parents, dedicated to helping parents raise a child who is ready to learn. A UNC-TV Parent is a mom or a dad, a grandma or a grandpa, a friend or a caregiver -- any adult who helps a child learn and grow.

In this section, you will find advice, forms, activities, resources, TV schedules and more to help you do what parents do best -- be your child's best role model and teacher. If you are a parent, the resources here are specifically for YOU and the unique needs you have.

Summer Learning & So Much More with PBS Parents
PBS ParentsPBS Parents empowers parents as they prepare their children for success in school – and in life. Click here to get parenting tips, recipes, games with kids, and so much more.
PBS Parents also empowers parents with great resources for the summer.  Whether you're traveling or staying put, summer is the perfect time to help children discover the world around them and get them excited about reading! All summer long, PBS Parents and PBS KIDS are here to provide your family with fun, educational activities that explore reading, writing and language.  Visit the PBS Parents website for summer learning activities at

Explore, Explore, Explore with The Cat in the Hat Knows Alot About That!
The Cat in the Hat Click here to visit the Cat in the Hat Knows Alot About That! website to get parental activities and exploration guides for family fun and adventures in reading.  Activities include ways to help children explore maps, shapes, how things fit together, numbers and counting, weather, and so much.

Cat in the Hat knows that children never get tired of exploring or having fun!  So, summer is a great time to read books together! Enrich your child’s understanding of science and the environment by reading books that are based on The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! In fact, the television show, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!TM, was inspired by the Dr. Seuss Learning Library book series, published by Random House Children’s Books.

Meet One of the Judges for UNC-TV's 2013 PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest!
PBS Kids GO! Writers ContestThe 2013 PBS KIDS GO! Writer's Contest has ended. Over 365 students submitted stories to UNC-TV! The stories have all been read and judged by a host of  marvelous judges.  Gail Ostrishko, columnist for Pender-Topsail Post & Voice Opinion, served as a judge and had much to say about her expereince as a judge.
 "My latest adventure involved serving as a judge for the PBS KIDS GO! Writers contest sponsored by UNC-TV.  What a treat it was reading the work of grade schoolers, and getting a glimpse of their imaginative impressions of the world through their words and illustrations. Knowing that the best of the best story would be animated and aired on television was invigorating and intimidating.  These children obviously invested incredible creative energy in their entries, all anticipating exciting results. The stories were stellar, in spite of some challenges with spelling and self-expression...The ideas were enchanting, obviously owned and envisioned by each of these unique young minds... It is amazing to see the same network (UNC-TV), airing the same shows with the same characters teaching the same valuable life lessons I enjoyed as a child (several decades ago). What a treasured treat it was to read and savor entries in the writing contest! I am very excited to connect with UNC-TV and partner in such a powerful and professional mission! "  Click here to see the animated stories of the 2013 contest winners and see a list of all the 2013 participants!  We hope YOU join us for the 2014 PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest starting in January 2014.

Bilingual Science Family Resources with PEEP and The Big Wide World
Peep and the Big Wide WorldPeep and the Big Wide World is a terrific bilingual program and website that has a variety of resources such as books, simple activities and video that encourage science. Watch a short video narrated by Joan Cusack reminding you that there are opportunities in everyday life to encourage your childs' natural curiosity and help them develop science and math skills. Check out the "Anywhere Activities" section for fun easy-to-do ideas, such as going on a neighborhood safari.

Non-Public Schooling
Various tidbits of information for parents whose children are in a non-public school setting.

Parenting Counts
Parenting Counts is the research-based family of products developed by Talaris Institute to support parents and caregivers in raising socially and emotionally healthy children.

Sesame Street Helps Families
Emergengies can be overwhelming, particularly for young children. Things can change suddenly and maybe drastically. Help and support is always needed! In light of the horrific events that transpired in Oklahoma and in other stressful situations, Sesame Street has provided a variety of outreach materials to help families during difficult times! "Here for Each Other: Helping Families After an Emergency," is one of the many resources to support families either directly impacted or many others who are stuggling to make sense during challenging times! Hope and help is on the way with Sesame Street.