When I sit back and reminisce on my childhood I can’t help but remember the many entertaining television programs that came on. One of the stations that I watched was PBS which during the daytime showcased children shows like ZOOM, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Zoboomafoo, Arthur and of course Sesame Street. Unfortunately, in the evening time (around 5:30 PM) these shows vanished for other programming geared towards adults. Well it seems like that will no longer be the case as PBS and Detroit Public TV have announced that on Monday January 16 there will be a new 24/7 PBS Kids channel.
Why is this move Important?
Paula Kerger, CEO and President of PBS, stated that:
Television continues to be the most widely used platform for children’s educational content, especially among low-income families. The new PBS KIDS 24/7 channel [will] ensure that educational media is available to all families, all the time and via a platform that works for them. Given that 54 percent of all children nationwide do not have the opportunity to attend preschool, providing access is a critical element of our public service mission.
With PBS also providing free video and gaming apps, online streaming, and no obnoxious advertisements; many families should definitely be encouraged that their children will have a safe environment to enjoy educational child programming-especially during the evening and weekend periods.