Los Angeles, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–August 14, 2006–The Peabody award winning series A Place of Our Own and Los Niños en Su Casa will be offered to PBS member stations nationwide beginning with the third-season launch in 2007; it was announced today by Al Jerome, president and CEO of KCET. Currently in the second season and broadcast on public television stations throughout California, the series will be offered through PBS Plus, and available to 354 stations throughout the nation.
Funding for the series is provided through generous grants from BP, First 5 California, and First 5 LA.
A Place of Our Own and its Emmy-award winning Spanish-language companion Los Niños en Su Casa were developed for parents and caregivers of young children. Kindergarten teachers estimate that one in three children is unprepared for the challenges of school. The series responds to this need by providing parents and child care providers with information about helping young children develop social, emotional and cognitive skills.
Topics include all aspects of early childhood, from health and nutrition for young children, to developmental milestones and early identification of special needs. The programs target early learning by addressing pre-literacy skills and early math recognition and early science and diversity appreciation.
A Place of Our Own and Los Niños en Su Casa address viewers’ everyday concerns such as sharing, biting and potty training and highlights the importance of the “Circle of Care,” building a partnership among parents, child care providers, pediatricians, and teachers.
Debi Gutierrez, host of A Place of Our Own, and Alina Rosario, host of Los Niños en Su Casa, provide fun and engaging half-hour episodes with parents and caregivers who provide insight on how to raise smart, healthy and happy children. The series also illustrate exemplary child care, with segments shot in homes and preschool centers, and demonstrate everyday activities to engage children in learning through play.
The programs are accompanied by extensive bilingual websites and hands-on workshops. Searchable by topic, information is available 24/7 at http://www.aplaceofourown.org and http://www.losninosensucasa.org.
The series have been honored with numerous awards, including the Peabody Award, considered the most selective and prestigious in the electronic media industry.Other awards presented to KCET on behalf of A Place of Our Own and Los Niños en Su Casa include two national Parents’ Choice Awards, given to products that meet and exceed standards set by educators, librarians and kids themselves.