The new collection—which comes in dinosaur, rainforest, ocean, and air travel designs—aims to "empower children, encourage independence and promote creative expression.” 

By Maressa Brown

No matter how old your little one is, the process of getting dressed in the morning can easily become a stressful experience or power struggle. After all, kids quite often choose that moment to assert their independence. Thankfully, a new line of apparel from PBS Kids and Zappos Adaptive promises to make the process easier for parents and kids, including those with special needs.

The gender-neutral, two-way adaptive tees and lounge pants, manufactured by 4WARD Clothing, were made to meet unique sensory needs. For instance, they have dissolvable tags, no buttons, and are made with soft, machine washable poly-cotton blend fabric. Plus, the whole line is adaptive, so it can be worn both forward and backward, and in reverse.

“PBS KIDS is committed to diversity and inclusion, helping children of all abilities learn and grow,” said Dawn Ciccone, Vice President of Brand Licensing, PBS KIDS, in a release from the ocmpany. “This collaboration with Zappos Adaptive is one more way we’re honoring that commitment. The PBS KIDS Adaptive Apparel Collection is purpose-driven to help empower children, encourage independence and promote creative expression.”

And Derek Flores, Senior Buyer at, said, "We’re so excited to collaborate with PBS KIDS and 4WARD on this collection, because it brings something new and inclusive to life. Zappos Adaptive is focused on curating a wide selection of products that make our customers’ lives easier, and this definitely helps us fulfill that purpose."

To boot, the outfits are fun, bright, and come in four different design themes: dinosaurs, rainforests, oceans and air travel. They're available for purchase in kids' sizes 18m-6x and range from $26-$32. What's more, 100% of the net proceeds PBS receives from purchases of the PBS KIDS Adaptive Apparel Collection will support PBS KIDS’ mission to empower children to succeed in school and in life.

As April is Autism Awareness Month, PBS KIDS will also air episodes of Arthur, Dinosaur Train, and Sesame Street featuring characters with autism, which will also stream on and the PBSKIDS Video app. Related digital games can be found on, hands-on activities on PBS Parents, and educational resources on PBS LearningMedia.

Check out the PBS KIDS Adaptive Apparel Collection on



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