- PBS North Carolina’s Rootle Roadster Tour, kicked off its 2022 tour on Saturday, March 26, 2022, in Brevard, NC! The tour was a time and place for local families to play and learn together with free hands-on activities, games, demonstrations with community partners, education resources, takeaways, and more.
Rootle, PBS North Carolina’s locally branded PBS KIDS Channel, is a trusted educational partner to families, caregivers, and educators across the state. In addition to sharing STEM, literacy, physical, social-emotional, and sensory activities, the Rootle Roadster Tour aims to build awareness of community resources and services from local partners who serve young learners.
GetSet WNC was present at the Brevard stop promoting its regional expansion of Sesame Street in Communities (SSIC), a partnership that started in Transylvania County in 2018. Families and community partners were able to get more information about the regional growth of GetSet and how SSIC will be launched and implemented across the entire Western North Carolina region in the coming three years. Children received stickers and books featuring some of their favorite muppets, and PBS KIDS had giant stuffed muppets on hand for little ones to snuggle, get photos with, and encourage conversations about the resilience-building work happening in their communities.
The Rooter Roadster Tour is made possible through funding from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Preschool Development Birth Through Five (PDG B-5) Grant.
“Through the Preschool Development Grant, we aim to deepen engagement with families, especially those living in rural communities,” says Dr. Kristi L. Snuggs, Deputy Director, PDG B-5 Project Director, NC Division of Child Development & Early Education. “Supporting families as their children’s first teachers, Rootle Roadster events provide an opportunity to deliver and help build access to critical early childhood programs, services, and resources within their very own community.”