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Early Childhood Education from APT Education

Since 1997, Alabama Public Television, through its Educational Services Department, provides Early Childhood programs, services, and resources to child care professionals, teachers, and parents of children birth through the elementary years.

Currently, the Alabama Early Childhood Education Department, working in the areas of Parent Education, School Readiness and Success, Early Literacy Development, and Extended-Care Education, supports these state-wide initiatives:

First Teachers

First Teachers brings current parenting information and resources to Alabama parents and child care providers of children, birth through five, based upon nationally recognized programs, such as Parenting Counts, Right from Birth, Going to School, The Whole Child, and our newest series, Art to Heart. For more information, contact Alex Woodard,, 1-800-239-5233.

Ready to Learn

Utilizing research-based PBS KIDS programming with its rich web content and resources, the Ready To Learn Initiative works in partnerships with state and local agencies to ensure Alabama's children experience school readiness and school success. Ready To Learn workshops are unique sources of critical information on developmentally appropriate media for children and media literacy for parents, caregivers, and teachers of children, ages 3 through 6. For more information, contact Kathy Lounsbury,, 1-800-239-5233.

Summer & After School Learning

The Summer & After School Learning Initiative reaches out to extended care programs serving school-aged children throughout the state. The core of Summer & After School Learning is an Activities On the Go Curriculum Kit containing hundreds of hands-on activity plans, children's books, video clips, and curriculum guides. For more information, contact Xzandria Toombs,, 1-800-239-5233

Online Professional Development

APT's Early Childhood department currently offers the Alabama Early Learning Guidelines as a 7 week online course and new courses are being developed year round. APT also provides Communities of Practice for the Infant Toddler Professional Development program for the state of Alabama. For more information, contact Lisa Nunn,, 1-800-239-5233.


First Teachers, Ready to Learn, and Summer & After School Learning initiatives provide on-site workshops, resources, and books for child care professionals, teachers, and parents across the state. In addition, the Early Childhood staff serves on and participates in many community, regional, and state-wide educational committees, events, and projects. For more information or to schedule a workshop contact LaGracia Gibbs,, 1-800-239-5233.

PBS Kids

An important component of the Ready To Learn Service in Alabama is the PBS KIDS block of commercial free, non-violent educational children's programming 7 days a week. APT broadcasts a 10 hour block of children's programming each weekday with a 5-hour block on weekends.

Kids Programming Broadcasting Schedule

APT now also includes PBS Kids 24/7 - an all-kids-all-day channel, along with an online live stream. This channel is also available to stream through Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire Stick, and other smart TVs. Just search for "PBS Kids" in the App store, market, or store on your TV or device and download for FREE! There are no hidden charges!

PBS Kids 24/7

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  • Alpha Foundation
  • Daniel Foundation of Alabama
  • Hugh Kaul Foundation
  • Monte L. Moorer Foundation
  • Sybil H. Smith Charitable Trust
Learning Adventures
  • Alabama Bicentennial Commission
  • Alabama Humanities Foundation
    A state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Alabama State Council on the Arts
  • American Graduate
    A program of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
  • The Daniel Foundation of Alabama
  • Jefferson County Cy Pres Fund
  • Malone Family Foundation
  • Robert Meyer Foundation
  • Sybil Smith Foundation
  • The Stephens Foundation
  • Wells Fargo Foundation
e-Learning for Educators/ APT Learn Online
  • Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham
  • U.S. Department of Education
STEM Education Initiative
  • Ann & Alfred F. Delchamps, Jr. Charitable Fund
  • BBVA Compass Bank
  • Beverly and Gary Cooper Charitable Fund
  • Community Foundation of South Alabama
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting
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  • Alabama Department of Human Resources
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Alabama
  • Honda Manufacturing of Alabama
  • Wells Fargo
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  • Alabama Power
  • Children's of Alabama
  • US Space & Rocket Center
American Graduate
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Southern Education Desk
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