The Public Broadcasting System has expanded its PBS KIDS Lab website, which offers more than 50 cross-platform games designed to help children ages 2-8 develop their math skills, by adding new features to support caregivers and teachers.

These additions include bilingual translations of parental instructions, math tips for families and teachers to use in their daily activities, and a new blog series with content related to children and media. PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting are partners on the project, which is part of the federally funded Ready To Learn Initiative.

“Parents and caregivers play a critical role in supporting their children’s learning,” said Lesli Rotenberg, senior vice president for children’s media at PBS. “…Our goal is to offer families resources to help make anytime a learning time—whether it’s through an online game, or activity ideas that parents and kids can do together while they are out running errands. The PBS KIDS Lab offers parents tools … to spark their kids’ imaginations and excitement about learning, and to help them build skills for success in school.”

Available free of charge, PBS KIDS Lab offers interactive math content centered on PBS KIDS television shows and characters. It aggregates games by age and skill area, so parents and teachers can search for the games that will be the best fit for their kids. The site also helps parents and teachers learn how the games support learning by providing information about the games’ curriculum-based content.

The PBS KIDS Lab furthers PBS KIDS’ efforts to innovate across platforms to educate and entertain children wherever they live, learn, and play—online, on mobile devices, on TV, and in the classroom.

http://pbskids.org/lab

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