A message from Shae Hopkins, KET’s executive director
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012
KET believes that all children, regardless of where they live, their background, or their economic status, should have access to a quality education.
In Kentucky, with more than 27 percent of our children living in poverty and with many unable to attend a quality preschool, it is vital that ALL children continue to have access to trusted educational programs like Sesame Street, The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That, and Curious George.
These programs are carefully developed by educators to teach reading, science, math, and social skills that will help kids to be successful when they enter school. The programs our children enjoy also help them develop an early love of learning.
Educational media from KET and PBS is free and accessible on television, the internet, and on mobile devices. In fact, four of every five kids in America watch PBS KIDS programs.
As conversations continue about federal funding for educational television, we invite you to go to valuePBS.org to learn more about the vast service we provide. The federal investment in public broadcasting represents about one one-hundredth of 1 percent of the total federal budget. Eliminating PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting would not affect the federal budget deficit, but it would devastate public media and fundamentally change KET.
Educating all of Kentucky’s young minds is a wise investment, one that will pay dividends for a lifetime.