On air, online and in the community, WHYY's Children's Service connects Delaware Valley residents with unique, high-quality educational opportunities. A safe haven for children, and a reliable educational partner for parents, day care providers and teachers, the Children's Service combines award-winning children's programming with local on-air initiatives, online opportunities, and accredited educational outreach events.
Complementing the 60-plus hours of educational children's
programming broadcast on WHYY TV12 each week —
including favorites such as Sesame Street, Barney
& Friends, and Clifford the Big Red
Dog — WHYY's Children's Service produces
local programs that instill a lifelong love of learning
in Delaware Valley children.
As a radio accompaniment to the public television documentary A Lion in the House, WHYY produced Childhood Lost and Found. This nationally distributed radio documentary explores the challenges faced by children with cancer and their families. The show follows the families of three Children's Hospital of Philadelphia pediatric cancer patients and features commentary from experts in the field of pediatric oncology. WHYY also hosted a community discussion group in the WHYY Civic Space that dealt with issues of survivorship and health care disparities.
Produced locally by WHYY, Stir It Up! is a cooking program that teaches
math, nutrition and kitchen safety by encouraging
children to help in meal preparation. In addition
to a 30-minute pilot episode, short "appetizer"
versions of the show were broadcast on TV12 between
WHYY's Children's Service links children and adults
to the best educational Web material available.
WHYY's PBS TeacherLine Web site and WHYY's
PBS TeacherSource Web site feature various online
professional development resources for teachers.
WHYY's PBS Kids Web site is a Web portal where young children can
play games, read stories, and participate in educational
activities related to their favorite TV12 kids'
shows. WHYY's PBS Kids GO! Web site encourages
"big" kids (ages 6 to 11) to be creative and inquisitive
through interactive activities. The site is a safe
place for them to explore links to their favorite
TV12 programs and find resources to help them complete
homework and school projects.
In the Community
WHYY's Children's Service touches the communities served by our broadcast signals with high-quality outreach projects.
Even before Gulf Coast evacuees arrived in Philadelphia, WHYY was asked by
the City of Philadelphia to provide the Wanamaker
Shelter in North Philadelphia with TVs, VCRs and
videos of WHYY-TV programming — further solidifying
WHYY's standing in the region as a trusted source
of news and information and a "safe harbor" for
families. WHYY provided special programs for children
and parents, as well as links on whyy.org to help
parents and children talk about natural disasters
and "scary feelings."
The only broadcast or print media allowed inside the Wanamaker Shelter, WHYY
produced digital diaries, titled "Tales of
Hope," that enabled Katrina victims to tell
their stories. Survivors were interviewed about
the experiences, how they escaped the flood, how
they felt about being in Philadelphia and future
plans. WHYY also brought PBS characters, face painting,
snacks and books to a "Family Fun Day" for evacuees
living in the shelter.
WHYY's Learning Lab shares the power of digital
technology with local public and private high school
students to produce broadcast-quality documentary
films. Students are involved in every aspect of
the filmmaking process — from brainstorming
ideas and filming to final editing. Highlights include
a documentary about the Philadelphia Phillies mascot
the Phillie Phanatic, a look at the history and
cultural significance of tattoos, and a look at
In FY'06, WHYY's Children's Service partnered with 48 community organizations
to present a record 153 Outreach Workshops. These
accredited workshops focused on topics such literacy,
communication, problem solving and behavior. Of
these workshops, 67 were presented bilingually or
in Spanish. Over 1,100 caregivers attended the events
and an estimated 13,387 children were impacted by
Dr. Dan Gottlieb, host of WHYY-FM's Voices in the Family, moderated
three In the Spirit of the Family discussion
groups last year. The FY'06 panel discussions, which
were recorded and then broadcast on 91FM, were titled
"Depression in the Family," "Childcare Challenges,"
and "Childhood Obesity."
Members of WHYY's Kids Club had unique opportunities
at museums, libraries, theaters and the WHYY studios
to explore their world and meet some of their first
"celebrities" — the characters they see on
TV12. These experiences, as well as the quarterly
issue of WHYY's Kids Club newsletter, BUZZ,
instill an early appreciation of the region's rich
Published monthly in Parents Express magazine, "Watch, Play & Grow" is an educational article written by Children's Service staff. "Watch, Play & Grow" offers parenting tips using WHYY children's programming as a springboard for discussion.
In support of the PBS series African-American Lives, WHYY was awarded
a $10,000 grant to create teacher-training workshops
focused on the production. The goals of this teacher-training
program were to inspire teachers and students to
explore African-American history and their own genealogy,
and to raise awareness of the contributions of African
Americans in communities across the country.
Once again, WHYY's First Books initiative
was able to distribute 3,000 new books — free
of charge — to children who may not have any
or enough books to read.
The goal of WHYY's Children's Service is to inspire,
educate and intrigue audiences through community
engagement and outreach, and through online and
With this in mind, WHYY's Children's Service will continue to serve the region in FY'07 with expanded online initiatives, enhanced Outreach Workshops, new In the Spirit of Family events, creative new Learning Lab productions, and fresh on-air programs.