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April 10, 2019

WNET Training for Homeless Shelter Staff Full of Playful Learning

Last week, WNET continued its partnership with the Department for Homeless Services by conducting a series of training workshops for shelter staff who work with young children at drop off centers.

In this hands-on training, participants explored the many free resources available through PBS KIDS and WNET like storybooks and coloring sheets from the new family homelessness collection from Sesame Street in Communities, an engineering design challenge to build the tallest tower from The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That, and two Play and Learn Science centers exploring shadows and weather based on the free PBS KIDS Play and Learn Science app. Educators at the workshop also received information about using media effectively with young children and research behind the benefits and challenges to safe and appropriate media mentorship.

Participants were very excited to take what they’d learned back to their centers. One caregiver, Felicia Spence, said, “Now I know what we’re going to use the next two days with my kids!” Judith Gaskin, another participant, said, “Thanks for the two hour stress release session.”

This training, conducted by Kids’ Media & Education’s Norah Jones and Ellie Jànszky, continues WNET’s work with homeless families in the city, following a series of family creative coding workshops at two shelter sites last fall and the creation of the WNET Family Wait Space at the PATH Intake Center.

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