Today, Wednesday June 18, 2014, PBS announced it's plans to make shorter versions of selected Sesame street episodes. Sesame Street has served 45 years on PBS helping children with school readiness skills. Being known for it's entertaining approach to education, the series has reached many children over this time span. PBS along with the makers of Sesame Street have a plan to reach more children and families.
These shorter versions of Sesame Street will not be replacing the one-hour series that airs weekday mornings, but complementing them. Starting September 1, 2014, these 30 minute shows will be available on-air, as well as digital platforms (apps/mobile devices). According to PBS, they are introducing this bonus half hour program with hopes to reach even more children with one of America’s most beloved and educationally powerful children’s series. PBS also states this half hour version of Sesame Street is intended to assist children in learning many skills. Some of these skills being school readiness skills, such as impulse control and socio-emotional lessons, for which parents are increasingly seeking resources.
With this educational series easily accessible to families, PBS helps to reach more households, teaching children and parents the skills required to nurture educational growth. Lesli Rotenberg, General Manager, Children’s Programming, PBS states “In just the past year, the number of users streaming video on the incredibly popular PBS KIDS Video App increased 34 percent. The new half-hour format will give PBS KIDS the opportunity to offer SESAME STREET to even more families, making it easy for parents to help their kids build essential school readiness skills with one of their favorite shows.”