|Availability||Throughout North America|
|Founded||July 11, 1994 (as PTV)
September 6, 1999 (as PBS Kids)
|Slogan||A Little Wonder Goes a Long Way.|
|Jake Hollies (PBS Kids Go founder)|
|July 11, 1994 (block; as PTV)
September 6, 1999 (as PBS Kids)
|Dissolved||September 26, 2005 (PBS Kids Channel)|
|PTV Park (July 11, 1994 – September 5, 1999)|
PBS Kids is the brand for most of the children's programming aired by the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in the United States. Some public television children's programs not produced by PBS member stations or transmitted by PBS which is produced by independent public television distributors such as American Public Television are not labeled as "PBS Kids" programming, and it is mainly a programming block branding.
The framework for PBS Kids was established as part of PBS's "Ready to Learn" initiative, a project intended to facilitate access of early childhood educational to underprivileged children. On July 11, 1994, PBS repackaged their existing children's educational programming as a new block called "PTV". In addition to scheduled educational programming, PTV also incorporated interstitial content such as "The P-Pals", which featured animated characters delivering educational content from their fictional world, "PTV Park". These interstitial shorts were aimed at younger children. Older children were targeted with live action and music video interstitials.
On September 5, 1999, the PTV brand was retired. Children's programming on the PBS network was then rebranded with the introduction of new bumpers, idents, and promos (designed by Richard McGuire and produced at Lee Hunt Associates, later produced at Primal Screen) on September 6, 1999. Along with the block of programming on PBS, PBS Kids lent its name to a separate television network, which launched on the same date and was targeted to children from 4- to 7-years-old. The PBS Kids Channel ran for six years and was largely funded by El Segundo, California-based satellite provider DirecTV. The channel was shut down on September 24, 2005, in favor of a new commercial cable and satellite joint venture, PBS Kids Sprout, which was developed in partnership with Comcast (who later bought full control of the network via NBCUniversal). About half of PBS's member stations operate their own children's channels as multicasting services.
Until late 2013, PBS Kids programming was split into two sub-blocks: the PBS Kids Preschool Block and PBS Kids Go! (the latter in turn replaced PBS Kids Bookworm Bunch, which ran from from 2000 to 2004). On May 8, 2013, PBS Kids programming was added to the Roku streaming player. On May 15, 2013, PBS Kids announced that Thomas & Friends, which had aired mainly on weekends on most PBS stations, would be moving to the daily schedule starting on October 7, 2013, due to an increase in ratings.
The following PBS Kids programs are in production and air on PBS stations or are available for streaming online. Programs from both the PBS Kids Preschool Block and the now-defunct PBS Kids Go! are listed because these programs are also part of the PBS Kids brand.
- Arthur (1996–present)
- The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! (2010–present)
- Curious George (2006–present)
- Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood (2012–present)
- Dinosaur Train (2009–present)
- Franny's Feet (2007–present)
- Martha Speaks (2008–present)
- Odd Squad (2014–present)
- Peg + Cat (2013–present)
- Sesame Street (1969–present)
- Thomas & Friends (2004–present)
- Wild Kratts (2011–present)
- WordGirl (2007–present)
NOTE: These programs are no longer in production and run only on PBS stations that select them. Therefore, the programs may vary on every station.
- Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps (2009–11)
- Barney and Friends (1992–2010)
- Between the Lions (2000–10)
- Bob the Builder (2005–13)
- Bob the Builder: Project: Build It
- Bob the Builder: Ready, Steady, Build!
- The Berenstain Bears (2003–06)
- Caillou (2000–10)
- Clifford the Big Red Dog (2000–03)
- Cyberchase (2002–14)
- The Electric Company (2009–11)
- Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman (2006–10)
- Maya & Miguel (2004–08)
- Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968–2001)
- SciGirls (2010–12)
- Sid the Science Kid (2008–13)
- Super Why! (2007–12)
- Wishbone (1995–98)
- Zoboomafoo (1999–2001)
The following programs are no longer in production, although some of them may still air in reruns on other channels.
- 3-2-1 Contact (1980–88)
- Adventures from the Book of Virtues (1996–2005)
- The Adventures of Dudley the Dragon (1993–99)
- The Amazing Colassal Adventures of WordGirl (2006–07)
- Angelina Ballerina (2002–03)
- Animalia (2007–09)
- Anne of Green Gables: The Animated Series (2000–05)
- Bali (2014)
- Berenstain Bears and Seven Little Monsters (2003)
- Betsy's Kindergarten Adventures (2008)
- Bill Nye the Science Guy (1993–98)
- The Big Comfy Couch (1992–2006)
- Boohbah (2004–06)
- The Charlie Horse Music Pizza (1998)
- Corduroy (2000–01)
- Clifford's Puppy Days (2003–06)
- Danger Rangers (2005–06)
- Design Squad (2007–09)
- Design Squad Nation
- The Dooley and Pals Show (2000–06)
- DragonflyTV (2002–09)
- Dragon Tales (1999–2005)
- Elliot Moose (2000–01)
- George Shrinks (2000–06)
- Gerbert (1990s)
- Ghostwriter (1992–95)
- Groundling Marsh (1995–2002)
- Henry's Cat (1997–98)
- The Huggabug Club (1995–2000)
- In the Mix (1992–2003)
- It's a Big Big World (2006–10)
- Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks (2003–08)
- Jay Jay the Jet Plane (2001–05)
- Katie and Orbie (1995–97)
- The Kidsongs Television Show (1994–2002)
- Kratts' Creatures (1996)
- Lamb Chop's Play-Along (1992–97)
- Liberty's Kids (2002–06)
- Lomax, the Hound of Music (2008)
- The Magic School Bus (1994–98)
- Make Way for Noddy (2002–10)
- Mama Mirabelle's Home Movies (2007–08)
- Marvin the Tap-Dancing Horse (2000–04)
- Newton's Apple (1983–99)
- Noddy (1998–2000)
- Panwapa (2008)
- Pappyland (1996–99)
- Peep and the Big Wide World (2004–11)
- Pocoyo (2009–10)
- Postcards from Buster (2004–08)
- The Puzzle Place (1995–98)
- Reading Rainbow (1983–2006)
- Redwall (1999–2003)
- Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat (2001–05)
- SeeMore's Playhouse (2006–07)
- Seven Little Monsters (2000–04)
- Shalom Sesame (2011–13)
- Shining Time Station (1989–93)
- Signing Time (2006–08)
- Square One Television (1987–2001)
- Storytime (1994–97)
- The Swamp Critters of Lost Lagoon (1995)
- Teletubbies (1997–2005)
- Theodore Tugboat (1993–2002)
- Timothy Goes to School (2000–04)
- Toopy and Binoo (2005–10)
- Tots TV (1993–98)
- Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego (1991–96)
- Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego (1996–98)
- Wimzie's House (1997–2001)
- WordWorld (2007–11)
- Wunderkind Little Amadeus (2008–09)
- Zoom (1999–2007)
- The Zula Patrol (2005–09)
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PBS Kids ... was originally created for underprivileged young viewers who lacked access to early-childhood education.
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