Peg + Cat Premieres October 7
Peg + Cat premieres on Monday, October 7, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., with a special one-hour broadcast of two back-to-back episodes. The multimedia series follows the adorable, spirited Peg and her sidekick, Cat, as they embark on adventures, solve problems and learn foundational math concepts and skills. 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 perserverance in problem-solving. To stream the first full episode, visit pbskids.org/peg.
Peg + Cat is a multi-platform media experience that includes interactive mobile and online content. The program offers games, streaming video, parent and educator guides, and other resources online at pbskids.org/peg.
“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 Rotenburg, 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.”
Peg + Cat is a production of The Fred Rogers Company. It is 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 to preschool and early elementary school children and their families, and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).