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PEG + CAT Brings Math to Preschoolers Through New Multiplatform Media Experience

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

If you’re looking to integrate more math into your preschooler’s day, you’ll love PEG + CAT, the newest series from PBS Kids that made its debut this week. PEG + CAT is a delightful new animated preschool multimedia property that follows spirited red-head Peg and her sidekick, Cat, as they teach kids foundational math concepts and skills through their adventures. Kids and parents alike will appreciate the fun way that kids are introduced to age appropriate math topics through a fun storyline that features relatable characters and catchy songs through a multiplatform media experience that includes interactive mobile and online content.

Each episode features a story where Peg and Cat encounter an unexpected challenge that requires them to use math and problem-solving skills in order to save the day. Their adventures take children from a farm to a distant planet, from a pirate island to a prehistoric valley, from Romeo and Juliet’s Verona to Cleopatra’s Egypt to New York’s Radio City Music Hall. The series displays the value of resilience and perseverance in problem-solving through specific math lessons.

In addition to the televised content, PEG + CAT’s multimedia content provides another avenue for children to learn and practice the concepts they see on the show. Games, other resources found online at pbskids.org/peg, and additional interactive features like games, streaming video, parent and educator resources and a mobile app accompany this new show for a richer learning experience for today’s preschoolers.

“We are thrilled to bring PEG + CAT to the PBS KIDS audience this October, not just because it is a smart, funny and engaging series, but also because it meets a critical need for today’s kids,” said Lesli Rotenberg, General Manager, Children’s Programming, PBS. “Over half of our nation’s children are performing below proficient levels in math by the 4th grade, which is why we need to start early to give young children the foundation they need to succeed in this important curricular area. Peg also promises to be a positive role model for girls; this is critical because research shows that kids identify math as being for boys and not for girls as early as second grade. With her sense of humor, problem-solving skills and eagerness to collaborate and persevere, Peg will help encourage both boys and girls to explore math.”

Funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education through the Ready To Learn Initiative, a program that supports the development of innovative educational television and digital media targeted at preschool and early elementary school children and their families, and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), PEG + CAT is the first original preschool multimedia property developed as part of the federal Ready To Learn Initiative.

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