A new 24/7 channel from PBS will expand access to educational kids programming, starting this fall, PBS officials announced Tuesday.
The multiplatform channel will offer free content both on TV as well as through live streaming on digital platforms. It also will feature interactive games and activities.
"Parents know that PBS KIDS makes a difference in their children’s lives, which is why so many have said they would value having access to our content throughout the day. Television continues to be the most widely used platform for children’s educational content, especially among low-income families," said PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger. "The new PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and live stream offered by local member stations ensure that educational media is available to all families, all the time and via a platform that works for them. Given that 54 percent of all children nationwide do not have the opportunity to attend preschool, providing access is a critical element of our public service mission."
The new PBS KIDS 24/7 channel will include favorites, such as Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Odd Squad, Wild Dratts and Dinosaur Train.
Stations will be able to provide the 24/7 channel as a digital subchannel in addition to their current PBS channel.