WCTE Growing Education: Early Beginnings Premieres July 30

Early Beginnings, the third episode of WCTE’s original documentary series titled Growing Education, will premiere on Thursday, July 30 at 7 p.m. CDT, with additional airings on August 27 at 7 p.m. and August 30 at 6 p.m.  This series on ‘cradle to career’ education is part of American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen, a public media initiative supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to address the national dropout crisis.

Early Beginnings focuses on the educational development of children from age three to six. The series continues to explore factors affecting the development of a child’s brain, including living environments, attitudes and emotions in the home, health and eating, and caring, consistent adults.  Parents and educators share their experiences and advice on preparing children for the beginning of their school years.  Also in this episode, Ready! For Kindergarten, a new initiative sponsored by the Children’s Reading Foundation of the Upper Cumberland, is discussed by educators.

“It’s eye-opening to learn how big of an effect a child’s home environment has on his school and general life success,” says Lee Wray, WCTE American Graduate Project Manager.  “We hope parents and caregivers are learning from this Growing Education series.  We’re so thankful to the Putnam County School System and other partners and community members who continue to contribute to this effort.”

WCTE is found on Charter cable channel 8 and DISH and DirecTV channel 22.  For more information about the American Graduate initiative and to view Early

Beginnings online, visit wcte.org/amgrad.