Educational Programs

At KCET, we share an abiding commitment to serve the needs of children, families and communities. From preschool programs through adult education, KCET provides people of all ages with stimulating and engaging learning opportunities. Below is a select listing of some of our current and recent award-winning programs.

A Place of Our Own

Did you know that one in three children arrives in kindergarten unprepared for the challenges of school? Unfortunately, children who start behind too often stay behind. "A Place of Our Own" responds to this need by providing parents and child care providers with information to help young children develop social, emotional and cognitive skills. Hosts Elizabeth Sanchez and Debi Gutierrez lead lively discussions with parents, caregivers and child care experts who provide insight on how to raise smart, healthy and happy children. Topics include child development, literacy, behavior & emotions, play & creativity, health & nutrition, special needs, and more. "A Place of Our Own" also includes fun activities you can do at home with your children.

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Los Niños en Su Casa

¿Sabía usted que uno de cada tres niños comienza el Kinder sin la preparación para enfrentar los retos de la escuela? Lamentablemente, los niños que se retrasan desde el comienzo, frecuentemente se quedan atrás. "Los Niños en su Casa" responde a esta necesidad proporcionando información para que tanto padres como proveedores de cuidado infantil puedan ayudar a sus niños a desarrollar habilidades sociales, emocionales y cognitivas. Alina Rosario conduce el programa que contiene interesantes conversaciones con padres, proveedores y expertos en cuidado infantil sobre el comportamiento y las emociones de los niños. Se trata una variedad de temas, tales como: desarrollo del niño, alfabetismo, comportamiento y emocionés, juego y creatividad, salud y nutrición, necesidades especiales, y muchos más. Además, "Los Niños en su Casa" incluye actividades divertidas que podrá hacer en casa con sus niños.

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Roadtrip Nation

Roadtrip Nation is a television series and community engagement movement that empowers young people to explore and define their own roads in life. The series follows a group of young people seeking inspiration and advice from leaders throughout the country who have gone after their dreams and stayed true to themselves. Roadtrip Nation, in collaboration with KCET, is extending the reach of the series into the classroom, making available a FREE enrichment activity for middle and high school teachers and students. The Roadtrip Episode Guide explores the theme (e.g., fear, risk, confidence) of each episode in season seven and offers insightful questions to facilitate meaningful conversations between students, their teachers, parents or anyone close to him or her. It also serves as the springboard for active participation in Roadtrip Nation's, Join the Conversation: on-line platform that allows participants to share their thoughts and insights with others and become an active member of the Roadtrip Nation Movement.

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So Smart!

A new award-winning series from So Smart!, Baby's First-Word Stories was created especially for young children who are beginning to speak their first words. In these adorable 5 minute stories, So Smart! friends Edward, Iggy, Larry and Dee Dee first introduce little ones to simple words, and then build sentences and stories around them. Themes include getting dressed, at the park, food, nighttime, animals and more! Additional information on the series, as well as activities related to each story, may be found at

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SoCal Connected

KCET's, "SoCal Connected" is dedicated to bringing you the most important and compelling stories - and voices - shaping life in our region. The award-winning weekly news and public affairs series strives to provide you with a clearer understanding of the things that connect us all as Southern Californians. "SoCal Connected" has partnered with the News21 team at USC Annenberg to create a web-based multimedia project, "Dream Interrupted: California in Crisis." An elite group of ten USC Fellows was selected for the Annenberg News21 team. Working in Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside, Ventura County and the Antelope Valley, they report on vital areas of concern, including the economy, education, transportation, housing and government.

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