Educational Programming

WEIU - The Kids' Choice!

Each week, WEIU-TV broadcasts more than 40 hours of quality PBS Kids programming. These programs not only entertain, but also focus on literacy development, healthy lifestyles, and positive social skills.


Partnership with CCR&R

WEIU Educational Services

  • Ke'an Armstrong

  • Educational Services Coordinator
    ksarmstrong@eiu.edu | 217-581-7193
  • To Schedule Literacy Visits:

  • Penny Krabel

  • Quality Counts Literacy Specialist
    prkrabel@eiu.edu | 217-581-6698

WEIU has engaged in a collaborative effort with Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) to provide training and resources for teachers, parents and child care providers to extend the learning power of the children's programming we broadcast. Our services include:

  • Community-based projects such as child care provider literacy visits.
  • Health and literacy outreach.
  • Book and literacy kit distribution programs, events, and more.

CCR&R is part of the Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies and is funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services.


Kids Day at the Castle! - Aug. 23

Annual FREE family fun event with a new location this year!

WEIU Kids Day usually takes place in Charleston Kiwanis Park, but this year it will be held on the front lawn of Old Main on the campus of EIU! Our PBS character for the Meet & Greet is Daniel Tiger, so don't forget your cameras!

Several local organizations will have activities to interact and engage with children and families. There will be a bounce house, games, WEIU activities and a live Hit-Mix 88.9 radio broadcast with giveaways and a dance contest.

First Federal Savings & Loan Association of Central Illinois will have a Bike & Hike bicycle giveaway for one boy and one girl at noon. A gift certificate will be given to the boy and girl to choose a bike helmet from Bike & Hike in Charleston. The first 300 children will also receive free activity bags. Don't miss out on the fun!

This event will run from 10 a.m. until Noon; more information is available on this flyer.

Funding for this event has been underwritten in part by:

  • EIU Community Student Service
  • City of Charleston Tourism
  • First Federal Savings & Loan Association of Central Illinois

... and by these community/area participants:

  • EIU Booth Library
  • Paradise Equestrian Therapy (ponies)
  • Mid-Illinois Big Brothers & Big Sisters
  • Douglas Hart Nature Center
  • U of I Extension
  • SBLHC Body Electric
  • Charleston Cub Scout Pack 41
  • Dance Life

Thanks to Our Underwriters!

The following companies/organizations make our educational programs possible!