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A Child���s World

Reading Rainbow Second Grade Second Place Winner
Mike Drummond with his mother, Lisa Drummond

If you grew up on public television or have youngsters of your own, you know WHYY as the home of some of childhood���s most beloved and inspiring television shows and characters. But beyond the 11 1/2 hours of award-winning shows that are broadcast each day are programming and outreach ��� both on-air and off. These include live events, professional development opportunities and online resources for parents and educators that are all designed to stretch imaginations, encourage a love of learning, and nurture the whole child and family.

In the Spirit of Family is one of these avenues, and last year, respected authority on family issues, Dr. Dan Gottlieb of 91FM Voices in the Family, hosted quarterly live panels on a variety of topics including children and mental illness, monitoring kids��� media, and learning differences. These panel discussions were taped for broadcast on radio and digital television.

The Children���s Service and the Adult Learning Service began collaborating last year on a federally funded Ready to Teach grant with the Delaware Department of Education. The grant is designed to create e-learning opportunities for educators in Delaware, and progress is underway.

Children���s Service���s Jennifer Wheeler with Bert and Ernie

In the fall of 2007, WHYY 91FM rebroadcast its one-hour documentary Childhood Lost and Found, focusing on survivorship and disparities in childhood cancer. The documentary won an award for the 2006 March of Dimes Achievement in Radio for Best One Time News Program. (Maiken Scott, Producer, Elisabeth Perez-Luna, Executive Producer, WHYY Children���s Services.) In June 2007, the program was again honored, this time with the prestigious Gracie Allen Award from the American Women in Radio and Television.

Last winter, WHYY, Thirteen/WNET and the National Constitution Center collaborated on a professional development event for teachers in support of the broadcast of The Supreme Court, a two-hour, four-part series on the Justices of the Supreme Court and the impact of their decisions on our everyday lives.

Another collaboration, this one with the Free Library of Philadelphia, brought One Book, One Philadelphia to life through workshops for librarians to implement in their branches. The workshops supported the city-wide effort to promote reading, literacy and libraries with the book selection of Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan and Coming to America: A Story of Immigration.

More than 100 educators attended WHYY���s It���s a Big Big World workshop at The Philadelphia Zoo in April. The newly developed program emphasized exploration, discovery and conservation.

We���re proud to report that Children���s Service Outreach workshops like this continued to grow last year, serving Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In fact, during 2006-2007, trained staff delivered 115 no-cost workshops throughout the region which will benefit nearly 15,000 children this year.