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Resources, tips and information to help prepare children for kindergarten... and a healthy, successful life.

Born to Learn: Brain Science and Early Learning

Born to Learn: Brain Science and Early Learning

KSPS documentary on brain research about babies and young children.

Great new tool!


For parents, caregivers and early learning professionals working with preschoolers 3-5 years old. Each lesson of easy-to-follow instructions takes between 10 and 30 minutes. Developed by our friends at Spokane County Library District.

Learn about lessons and how to use them

Watch these Kids Forward tips on KSPS Public Television:

About KSPS Kids Forward

Young girl with teddy bear

In partnership with the Inland Northwest Early Learning Alliance and Spokane Regional Health District, KSPS Kids Forward is a multi-year outreach campaign to help frame the conversation concerning the need for quality education for pre-school children in our region and  provide parents and caregivers with resources they need to bring up healthy, productive children. Thousands of parents trust KSPS to provide safe and educational programs for their kids. (Sesame Street, Curious George, Arthur, and more) KSPS Kids Forward takes that to the next step, with impactful, engaging programing for our community, families and caregivers. 

According to data from the Inland Northwest Early Learning Alliance, for every $1 invested in early childhood programs, $5 - $7 can be saved on future welfare, education and crime-related costs.

Key elements include:

  • A documentary series, The Raising of America, and regional community forum programs to engage our neighbors in discussion about the benefits of quality pre-school education for all of our kids
  • A documentary about child brain development produced by KSPS, "Born to Learn", first airing July 30, 2015.
  • On-air vignettes throughout the KSPS broadcast day with fun and helpful tips to for parents, including how to turn television viewing into quality learning time for their children
  • This website with support resources for families

Visit raisingofamerica.org for information about the documentary series.

About our Partners

Inland Northwest Early Learning Alliance

The Inland Northwest Early Learning Alliance is a public-private partnership whose members work in education, health care, business, social services, child care and literacy. The Alliance is supported by Thrive by Five Washington, the state’s nonprofit public-private partnership for early learning. 

Spokane Regional Health District

The Spokane Regional Health District serves 400,000 people in Spokane County. Its mission is to serve as the region's public health leader and partner to protect and improve the community's health. 

Empire Health Foundation

KSPS Kids Forward is funded in part by a grant from Empire Health Foundation.

Hagan Foundation

The Hagan Foundation supports regional school districts and nonprofit organizations whose mission is to serve our youth.


Watch: Are We Crazy About Our Kids? The Cost Benefit Ratio
KSPS Specials

Watch: Are We Crazy About Our Kids? The Cost Benefit Ratio

Explores the economic impact of early learning. Followed by discussion of early learning in the Inland NW

Now available:

List of resources to help families in the Inland Northwest. More will be added soon
Printable guides for parents and caregivers
The Raising of America project -- multi-part documentary series, videos and information about the national campaign
Raising of America Spokane on Facebook