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Education is embedded in WCNY’s foundation and critical to the fulfillment of its mission. WCNY’s educational services support lifelong learning by:

  1. Preparing children for success in school and life with PBS KIDS programming and educational content and experiences.
  2. Introducing young adults to careers and the 21st century business world – “the real game of life”- with WCNY’s Enterprise America and Media Marketing Communications Career and Technical Education programs.
  3. Encouraging parents to co-learn with their children through quality programming and events.
  4. Providing educators with high-quality classroom resources including those available through PBS LearningMedia, as well as professional development opportunities.
  5. Feeding the intellectual curiosity of our community and promoting in-depth understanding of our world.

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WCNY offers award-winning, high-quality PBS KIDS programming on two of its television channels—PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and WCNY-TV. PBS KIDS believes the world is full of possibilities, and so is every child. As the number one educational media brand for kids, PBS KIDS helps children ages 2-8 learn lessons that last a lifetime. Through television, digital media, and community-based programs, PBS KIDS wants children to see themselves uniquely reflected and celebrated in lovable, diverse characters who serve as positive role models, and to explore their feelings and discover new adventures along the way.

Families can enjoy PBS KIDS anytime through the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and the PBS KIDS Video app, accessible on mobile and connected-TV devices with no subscription required. Additionally, PBS KIDS provides a wealth of learning and entertainment through educational games, videos, podcasts, apps, and more at

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Enterprise America

This 10,000-square-foot area Robert J. Daino Broadcast and Education Center is a proven hands-on program for middle and high school student who will learn how to be entrepreneurs in a simulated city. Children learn dozens of business and civic concepts, explore careers based in STEM (science technology, engineering and math) and prepare to become the workforce of tomorrow. The center and its programs and services are available to 3,000 schools within a two-hour radius of Syracuse with a potential reach of a minimum of 700,000 students in grades 6-8.

The program shows students more than any other program why they’re in school each day, learning about math, reading, writing, financial literacy, team work, critical thinking, and citizenship.

This is applied, real-world learning, which gives students a unique glimpse of the adult world we’re readying them for – and why, staying in school and giving their best, is so important.

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WCNY, Onondaga Cortland Madison (OCM) BOCES, and Onondaga Community College (OCC) have partnered to create an innovative educational opportunity for high school students – a two-year Career and Technical Education (CTE) Media Marketing Communications course. The course combines classroom instruction with hands-on learning experience alongside WCNY professionals.

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The go-to destination for instant access to tens of thousands of classroom-ready, digital resources including videos, games, audio clips, photos, lesson plans, and more! You can search, save, and share with ease. Best of all, PBS LearningMedia is free for educators. Go there now at

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WCNY produces New York State Regents examination study videos, which are available 24/7 on the Regents Reiew 2.0 website along with teacher-recommended online resources to help prepare students for the annual Regents exams.

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WCNY, in partnership with Onondaga Historical Association and Le Moyne College, has produced Central New York History, a short series of historical biographies that share the stories of significant historical figures from Syracuse and Central New York.

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WCNY, with support from the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, traveled the world’s most successful canal to explore the waterway as it is today. Along the way we met people who use the canal in a variety of ways and invited them to share their stories.

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WCNY produced a series short videos called the War of 1812 Minutes, with the majority of them highlighting the important role the Empire State played in this military conflict. The minutes are based on scholarly essays from New York state historians.