This year we and our long-time partners at PBS KIDS are bringing you content to help you through the school year. We will share downloadable content, activities, how-to video shorts, and relevant parenting tips to make sure that this school year gets an "A" plus!


As summer comes to an end, excitement for the new school year grows. There is so much to look forward to! These resources can help ensure a successful school year!

Ready? Steady. Go!

Preparing for a new school year can be exciting and overwhelming at the same time. The activities in PBS KIDS’ Back to School collection can help you plan ahead and practice first day routines.

Back to School Checklist

Help your child prepare for school by practicing skills such as getting ready in the morning, packing a backpack, and knowing transportation plans for getting to and from school each day.

Give Breakfast a Boost

What your child eats for breakfast can set the tone for the entire day—and even for a lifetime of healthy habits. Research shows that choices and attitudes toward this one simple morning ritual can impact energy level, behavior, academic performance and future food choices.


Good friends provide us with support from childhood through adulthood. It takes practice to learn how to be a good friend — practice at being kind, supportive, trustworthy, and a good listener. Help children draw the connection between their kind, cooperative behavior and friendship.

Helping Your Children Make Friends

As our children’s social worlds begin to expand and return to a new normal after so many unknowns, learn how to best prepare young kids to make friends outside the home.

Make a Book About Friends

Celebrate your child's friendships by making a book about friends together. Remind your child that being together is what matters most.

PBS KIDS Read-Along Presents: Hello Neighbor, The Caring and Kind World Of Mister Rogers

Join author Matthew Cordell in a special reading of his book, “Hello, Neighbor! The Kind and Caring World of Mister Rogers!"

PBS Friends and Neighbors: PBS KIDS Game Collection

Explore games from Daniel Tiger, Arthur & more around learning about your community and family traditions.

Make an Eco-Envelope

Make a recyclable special note to send to a new friend and brighten their day!


It’s important for your child to have the right fuel for school. These articles will help you and your kids make healthy choices when it comes to lunchtime!

Making the Most of Lunchtime: Tips from The Cafeteria to Your Kitchen

Tried-and-true tips from school cafeterias working hard to serve nutritious, delicious and even adventurous lunches, so you can provide your child with healthy choices.

Fall Back to Health with Dr. Alona

This year, focus on back to school, back to routines, and back to health. Instead of fall-ing asleep, let’s fall awake. We can begin by carrying over some of these wonderful habits.

School Gardens Shown to Help Kids Make Healthier Food Choices, Learn Where Their Food Comes From & Become Veggie Curious

Learn more about the work of the schools and organizations that Whole Kids Foundation has proudly helped to seed, grow, and sustain.

Choose Whole Grain Instead

Whole grains equal brain fuel. But what makes a grain whole? Learn more about whole grains and why you should make the delicious switch!


Trick-or-Treat! Halloween is the special night when all the neighborhood ghosts, ghouls and goblins come out to play. Encourage your little monster to be a good neighbor this Halloween as you help them prepare for the spooky night. Use these tricks (and treats!) to celebrate...if you dare!

PBS Halloween Collection

Trick-or-Treat! Encourage your little monster to be a good neighbor this Halloween as you help them prepare for the spooky night. Use these tricks (and treats!)

Make Halloween Fun, Not Frightening!

If your preschooler is unsure about joining in the Halloween festivities, here are fun ideas to help make the month of October not (even slightly) scary.

Halloween Crafts and Costumes Playlist

Try these Halloween costume ideas and crafts, such as making these spooky paper plates, with your family!

Spooky Surprise Vegetable Soup

The only thing scary about this ghost filled soup is how scarily yummy it is!

Spooky Apple Mummies

Make this spooktacular snack for Halloween!

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