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Big news for Wild Kratts, Daniel Tiger, Peg & Cat and Sesame Street fans: PBS just launched the first ever 24/7 PBS KIDS channel in the country. The channel is available on your local PBS station as well as via a live stream on the web at PBSKIDS.org or on mobile devices on the free PBS Kids app.
“As the only free national 24/7 kids’ TV service in the U.S., the PBS KIDS channel will be a game changer for all families – especially our nation’s most underserved, many of whom do not attend preschool and rely solely on over-the-air television for media content,” PBS President and CEO Paula A. Kerger said in a statement.
Later this year, the live stream will introduce an integrated games feature which will enable kids to toggle between a PBS KIDS show and a related learning activity. Each game will align with the learning goals of the specific TV show.
So if your kid loves Curious George, Nature Cat, Ready Jet Go! or Dinosaur Train, they’ll love extending the fun with games and activities.
The 24/7 channel was created with low-income families in mind, who make up a large part of PBS’ viewership and often rely heavily on TV for educational content.
There will also be weekly family viewing events called PBS KIDS Family Night, featuring special themed showings of popular movies on weekend evenings.