Public broadcasting in Washington touches the lives of residents daily in their homes, schools and communities. The state’s seven public television and 30 public radio stations play a vital role in Washington education through their services for teachers and classrooms, parents and caregivers. In partnership with schools in the state and nationwide, public broadcasting continues to pioneer technology to build the classrooms of tomorrow, today. Among other programs, projects and services, public broadcasting in Washington:
- Offers bilingual and Spanish-language channels featuring children’s shows, lifestyle programs, arts-based entertainment and science education, allowing public radio and TV stations to serve primarily Spanish-speaking families.
- Co-hosts the Physics and Science Days at Silverwood Theme Park, where middle and high school students from all over the region participate in competitions demonstrating their knowledge of these two fields. More than 2,500 young people participate each day.
- Coordinates with the Pierce County libraries to host FETCH! Club with Ruff Ruffman,an afterschool program for kids in grades 3-5. More than 1,100 kids and 575 parents attended 42 activities at 12 libraries.
- Produces numerous local, regional and state programs including:
- Ask the Governor, giving viewers the opportunity to ask the governor questions live on the air.
- Inside Olympia, a weekly talk program of state political news.
- Northwest Profiles, a monthly program bringing the stories of the fascinating personalities, points of interest and hometown happenings of the Inland Northwest.
- Provides teacher training and services for the K-20 community.
- Participates in the PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest, in which K–3 students write and illustrate their own stories.
- Participates in the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen initiative, which focuses on reducing the high school dropout rate through national and local content, classroom resources and community partnerships.
- Airs public service announcements on public radio about local events and fundraising activities through on-air calendar mentions.
- Televises the Badger Club meeting, which every month invites experts to debate and to answer members' questions on regional topics of interest and concern.
- Provides access to free teacher resources for education activities in the classroom.