WJCT Family Resources
As many schools and districts across Florida shift to online and at-home learning in an effort to lessen the spread of COVID-19, WJCT Public Media, in partnership with public media organizations across the state, has launched a new, weekday television schedule of educational programs aligned with state standards. The new programming begins Monday, March 30, 2020 at 11 a.m. on TV Channel 7.1 (Comcast 8 and 440). WJCT will also offer a suite of free digital learning resources accessible from home. The service has been developed over the past two weeks in consultation with educators, including Duval County Public Schools.
Each week’s program schedule can be viewed below or by clicking HERE.
“These school closures bring challenges for parents and teachers in keeping students engaged and learning,” says WJCT President and CEO, David McGowan. “We are really pleased to be able to create this service and to restructure our educational offerings in ways that make them most useful to educators, parents, and children as we all confront schools being closed. As Jacksonville’s public media organization we have education in our DNA, so this is a natural way for us to help make a bad situation a little bit better.”
WJCT will dedicate its daytime weekday schedule on channel 7.1 (Comcast 8 and 440) to Florida standards-aligned educational programming. The new schedule, airing from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., follows WJCT’s current block of programming for early learners (PreK through third grade) from 6 to 11 a.m., and includes speci fic blocks of time for high school content (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and middle school content (3 to 6 p.m.). These new blocks will cover topics such as English language arts, social studies, science and math. Programs can be incorporated into lesson plans for teachers, while providing parents and caregivers with quality, educational content to supplement their child’s academic studies. More information on the schedule and available resources can be found at wjct.org/education.
“Duval County Public Schools’ Parent Academy, a free family resource traditionally offering face-to-face classes, has now moved to virtual courses, and soon can add television to our educational offerings,” said Regan Copeland, Parent Academy Supervisor with Duval County Public Schools. “We are thrilled to have this opportunity to partner with WJCT in providing our families with additional enrichment opportunities as a supplement to our HomeRoom environment.”