PBS Kids has just launched as the first ever nationwide 24-hour kid-targeted channel in the US, provided by member stations across the region on TV and through live streaming on digital platforms. This gives children and caregivers more freedom when it comes to accessing PBS’ rich library of educational content. The launch was announced by PBS President & CEO Paula A. Kerger at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour last Sunday.
“By offering PBS KIDS programming 24/7, PBS stations will extend the reach and impact that they already have in their communities, where they provide essential services for families,” said Kerger. “With the launch of the multi-platform 24/7 PBS KIDS channel, all of America’s children will be able to access our trusted educational content anywhere, anytime and through any device. 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.”
At launch, the 24 hour PBS KIDS channel will feature 21 series consisting of Arthur, Bob the Builder, Caillou, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot about That!, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Cyberchase, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Dinosaur Train, Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman, Nature Cat, Odd Squad, Peg + Cat, Ready Jet Go!, Sesame Street, Sid the Science Kid, Splash and Bubbles, Super Why!, Thomas & Friends, Wild Kratts, WordGirl and WordWorld.
Additionally, starting on April 21, the channel will be presenting PBS KIDS Family Night, which is a weekly program event that features movie specials or themed programming every Friday from 7 to 9 pm, with encores on Saturday and Sunday evenings.