Young Idaho children and their caregivers soon will be able to revel in “Sesame Street,” “Nature Cat,” “Daniel the Tiger’s Neighborhood,” and other programs aimed at the preschool set around the clock.
The Public Broadcasting Service announced the launch of the PBS Kids 24/7 educational channel nationwide last January. Idaho Public Television will begin broadcasting the channel over its airwaves and on digital platforms early in 2018. The Idaho station now has four over-the-air channels and will make PBS Kids its fifth.
PBS Kids already airs on Cable One, Boise’s cable provider, and streams on Roku.
Paula Kerger, president and CEO of PBS, spoke Sept. 14 at a Boise luncheon for sponsors of IdahoPTV shows. “Today, PBS Kids reaches more children ages 2 to 5, more kids in low-income homes, and more moms with young children than any other children’s TV network,” Kerger said, according to a news release. “PBS Kids 24/7 will benefit all families, especially the nearly 70 percent of children across Idaho who are not enrolled in preschool.”
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The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2017 Kids Count Data Book ranks Idaho last in the nation for the number of toddlers enrolled in preschool: 69 percent not enrolled, compared with the national average of 53 percent.
The launch of the new channel will coincide with the launch of a new show, “Pinkalicious & Peterrific,” an animated show based on the series of bestselling books that encourage kids to explore the arts and spark creativity.
IdahoPTV’s channels today are Idaho, Plus, Learn/Create and World. The station will revising its print and online listings to reflect the new five channel line-up, spokesman Greg Likins said. The station is securing funds for the broadcast equipment needed to add the fifth channel.
The shows to watch
Here is PBS’s list of shows aired on PBS Kids:
Bob The Builder
The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About That!
Clifford The Big Red Dog
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman
Peg + Cat
Ready Jet Go!
Sid The Science Kid
Splash And Bubbles
Thomas & Friends