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Jan. 17, 2012
Kool Smiles offices offer PBS content to pediatric patients

Kool Smiles, a dental health provider, 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.

Kool Smiles said it will provide children and parents selected PBS KIDS content, including links to PBS KIDS' educational videos, online games, and PBS Parents articles, tips and blogs, on the 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, a 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 of Children's Media at 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 and Facebook Page. Visit today to learn more about this exciting new project.

Kool Smiles dentists 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.