PBS Kids Go! will debut in October and be aimed at early elementary school-age children.
PBS will launch the PBS Kids Go! Channel, a 24-hour digital broadcast channel for early elementary school-age children, in October. The new channel, which follows the success of the PBS Kids Go! afternoon programming block on PBS member stations, will be entirely devoted to early elementary school kids, an audience with limited choices for media content that is educational and entertaining.
“This age group is just entering school and is experiencing unique, first-time life events but they have limited educational entertainment choices that support this very important developmental stage,ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬? said Lesli Rotenberg, senior vice president, PBS Kids next generation media. “As an extension of the PBS Kids Go! block, the PBS Kids Go! Channel provides this inquisitive, curious and media savvy age group with fun, educationally based programming that fulfills our mission of empowering today’s ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¹Ã…â€œbig’ kids to discover themselves, explore new relationships and embrace a love of learning.ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬?
Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman, produced by WGBH Boston, premieres during PBS Kids Go! on PBS member stations’ national broadcast service beginning May 29 and will be a part of the PBS Kids Go! Channel in October. PBS describes it as “part game show, part reality TV and part spoof, the series features real kids, real challenges, real science, and an unreal animated host—a dog named Ruff Ruffman.ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬? Fetch! is funded in large part by the National Science Foundation and focuses on real world science, following kids as they ask questions, conduct experiments and actively investigate the world around them.
Other new additions to the PBS Kids Go! Channel will include: Kidsworld Sports, Wishbone and Kratts’ Creatures in 2006, and Animalia in 2007. Each of these programs will also have a new companion Internet site on pbskidsgo.org.
Favorites from the current PBS Kids Go! programming lineup will also be a part of the channel including Maya & Miguel, Postcards From Buster, Arthur, Cyberchase, Zoom and Dragonfly TV.
Also new to the PBS Kids Go! Channel will be a Spanish language block called “Vayan!ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬? (which means “goÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬? in Spanish). The one-hour block will include existing PBS Kids Go! series, such as Maya & Miguel and Cyberchase, in Spanish with English subtitles. According to PBS, “with the addition of this block, not only is PBS continuing to serve the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population but it is also providing tools for students who are learning Spanish as a second language. PBS’ daytime audience already exceeds the percentages of minority breakdowns that make up the U.S. population—for example, Hispanics compose 12.5% of PBS’ daytime audience but only 9.8% of the U.S. population.ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬?
In addition, PBS Kids Go! will focus on family co-viewing with evenings dedicated to a “Go! FamilyÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬? block. Further, as all of PBS Kids Go! programming features educational curriculum available for use in the classroom, the PBS Kids Go! Channel will reinforce the role media can play in education by designating an hour each day, called “Go! Figure,ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬? with a consistent curriculum theme, such as science. Supplemental resources tied to state educational standards are available online for educators at PBS TeacherSource (pbsteachersource.org), and games and activities for kids on the “Go! FigureÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬? section of pbskidsgo.org.