ATLANTA, Jan. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Marking the first national initiative of its kind in the industry, Kool Smiles, one of the nation's leading dental health providers, will provide children and their parents access to PBS KIDS' award winning content within their offices and online as a public service for all their communities.
Starting in January, Kool Smiles will provide children and parents selected PBS KIDS content. These will include links to PBS KIDS' educational videos, online games, and PBS Parents articles, tips and blogs, on Kool Smiles' website and social media presences. Additionally, printed activities will be available in Kool Smiles offices for kids and parents to take home. Kool Smiles will also feature PBS KIDS video content for families to view while they are at Kool Smiles offices. These educational materials will be available at over 125 Kool Smiles locations, serving over 100 low-income communities across the United States.
"Kool Smiles is dedicated to creating a world full of happy, healthy smiles," stated Dr. Polly Buckey, DDS, MS, a board certified Pediatric Dentist who serves as a spokesperson for Kool Smiles. "This new initiative is exciting because we recognize that education is a vital component to community development and we know that fun is a key component to making kids smile. And at Kool Smiles, that's what we're all about."
Lesli Rotenberg, Senior Vice President, Children's Media, PBS, added, "There are so many simple activities that parents can do with their children to help build key skills while they are out doing day-to-day errands. Waiting in the dentist's office, for example, can be the perfect time to play a rhyming game or practice counting. Through this project with Kool Smiles, we are putting our curriculum-based materials into the hands of even more families while they are on the go, to help make anytime a learning time. From building literacy skills to encouraging exploration of science, the environment, and math, this initiative will further the mission of PBS KIDS, to support the wellbeing and learning of children across the United States through content that both entertains and educates."
PBS KIDS materials provided by Kool Smiles will be publicly available through their offices and website. Kool Smiles families can keep up with the latest from PBS KIDS through the Kool Smiles website (www.mykoolsmiles.com) and Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/mykoolsmiles). Visit today to learn more about this exciting new project.
About Kool Smiles
Kool Smiles is dedicated to creating a world of happy, healthy smiles. As a leading dental health provider, Kool Smiles' mission is to improve lives by providing high quality dental care in a fun, compassionate environment. Kool Smiles dentists are proud to offer care to kids and adults with almost any insurance plan, including State Children's Health Insurance Programs (SCHIP), Medicaid and Tricare. Kool Smiles also provides oral health education programs through partnerships with community schools and organizations.
PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for children, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, online and community-based programs. For more information on specific PBS KIDS programs supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit PBS.org/pressroom, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter and Facebook.