PEG + CAT, a new television series from PBS and Detroit Public Television, debuted Monday, Oct. 7 at 8 a.m. Its goal: help young children develop the math fundamentals that are vital to early success in school.
The program is designed to be a trusted, high quality, educational resource for children. PEG + CAT is grounded in the same curriculum-based, research-driven approach that is the hallmark of everything you see on DPTV’s children’s programs. There are no commercials, just learning about numbers during the half-hour program, which will run weekdays at 8 a.m.
Animation Magazine provides an overview of the show and its producers. Education researchers have found that the better a child’s grounding in arithmetic and basic math skills, the easier it is for them to later learn the higher concepts. And, as in reading skills, the farther behind a child gets, the more difficult it becomes for her or him to catch up.
This week the 500,000 children, parents and caregivers who watch our children’s programming will have another, positive, engaging and commercial-free program to help them learn and grow.
Some show details:
PEG + CAT is a multimedia project that follows the adorable, spirited Peg and her sidekick, Cat, as they embark on adventures, solve problems and learn foundational math concepts and skills. PEG + CAT was created by Billy Aronson (Rent, Postcards from Buster) and Jennifer Oxley (Little Bill, The Wonder Pets!) of 9ate7 Productions, and is a production of The Fred Rogers Company.
Each episode features a story in which 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 viewers 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. While teaching specific math lessons, the series displays the value of resilience and perseverance in problem-solving.
PEG + CAT’s multiplatform media experience includes interactive mobile and online content. The property offers games and other resources online at pbskids.org/peg, and additional interactive features, including more games, streaming video, parent and educator resources and a mobile app, are slated to launch along with the on-air premiere in fall 2013.
Enjoy the show with the child in your life.