August 28, 2013

By Graydon Gordian

Success for All and Sesame Workshop Partner to Create Sesame Content-based Pilot Program

High-quality early learning experiences at home and in school provide the foundation for children’s future academic success. From birth to age five, children are making giant developmental strides, more than at any other time in life. During this critical window, education is the key to unlocking their potential.

That’s why Success for All, America’s largest whole-school reform model for elementary schools, and Sesame Workshop have partnered on a pilot program that provides curriculum-based Sesame Street content to preschool children and their families in Success for All schools. Targeting 4-year-olds and starting this September, a variety of short Sesame Street segments chosen from the program’s 44-year history will be used in Success for All early childhood classes and also sent home as part of a daily “Home Links” program that reinforces the learning with child/parent co-viewing, a practice that helps children better retain the lessons being taught during the show. 

“Sesame Workshop and SFA have always had the same core mission – to help disadvantaged children get off to a good start in school and in life,” said Nancy Madden, SFA’s CEO. “We’re delighted to be pursuing this mission together.”

Success for All works in about 1,000 mostly disadvantaged elementary and middle schools, and has been extensively evaluated and found to be effective. The purpose of this pilot program is to improve learning outcomes in classrooms with focused use of Sesame Street content and to transform the home and classroom experiences into a motivating and engaging learning experience.

To learn more about the work Success for All does to ensure that all students, from all backgrounds, achieve at the highest academic levels, click here. To learn more about the work Sesame Workshop is doing to help our educational media bolster the positive effects of formal learning, click here.

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