Under the original PBS label, the company had always run children’s programming, such as Mister Roger’s Neighborhood and Sesame Street.
However, in 1994, the company decided to place all children’s shows under one channel. On July 11, 1994, PBS repackaged their existing children’s educational programming as a new block called “PTV”, airing on 11 member stations at launch.
On September 6, 1999, PBS launched the 24-hour PBS Kids television network. The separate PBS Kids Network was available on high-tier subscription providers and was also offered to PBS member stations for use on a “cablecast” service or for use on the member station’s free-to-air analog channel to provide a portion of the daytime PBS Kids programming on the station.
Participating stations were required to pay an annual fee of $1,000 to use the feed.
The company received a $961,000 grant to start a Super Why Reading Camp in Arizona in May 2022.
The public television station’s PBS Kids SUPER WHY Camp is an early literacy, evidence-based pre-kindergarten summer school transition program for 4- and 5-year-old students with little or no preschool experience in targeted low-income communities.
The popular kids show Arthur is slated to be scrapped at the end of 2022 after running for 25 seasons.
PBS Kids maintains a corporate office in Arlington, Virginia.