PBS is proud to have been the home of Sesame Street for over 40 years. As partners in developing content for children that positively develops the whole child, PBS and Sesame Workshop continue to evolve to meet the needs of today’s children, embodying the shared mission of offering all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, online and community-based programs.
PBS KIDS is the number one educational media brand for children. Each quarter, more than 27 million viewers watch PBS KIDS on TV, and PBSKIDS.org, the number one kids entertainment site for free video streaming, attracts more than 10 million unique visitors per month (Nielsen, NTI Q42010; comScore Video Metrix; Google Analytics). For more information on specific PBS KIDS programs supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit PBS.org/pressroom, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter and Facebook.
Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB)
CPB is a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967 and is steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operation of nearly 1,300 locally-owned and operated public television and radio stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology and program development for public radio, television and related online services. For more information, visit http://www.cpb.org/.
The Luxury Included® Family Vacation For Everyone
When it comes to family vacations, no other resort company in the world offers more quality inclusions than Beaches Resorts. With three spectacular locations on the most beautiful beaches in Turks & Caicos and Jamaica, Beaches Resorts is the ultimate family getaway and the most comprehensive vacation available in the Caribbean including gourmet meals; premium brand wine and spirits, including an exclusive partnership with California’s legendary Beringer Vineyards; luxurious accommodations; a wide array of land and watersports, including snorkeling and SCUBA for certified divers; airport transfers; and even gratuities. With additional amenities including Butler Service++; Red Lane® Spas++, featuring services and treatments inspired by the region; and Beaches Weddings by Martha Stewart™ to make your wedding day just perfect. Beaches Resorts truly offers something for every member of the family.
Beaches Resorts Caribbean Adventure with Sesame Street®
As a continued proud sponsor of Sesame Street, Beaches Resorts offers another exclusive for families, the Beaches Resorts Caribbean Adventure with Sesame Street, where kids can spend their vacation with their favorite friends from the Sesame Street gang. Here, children can enjoy exclusive, daily activities such as: “Story Time with Elmo,” “Baking Cookies with Cookie Monster,” “Exploring with Grover,” “Discovering Magical Treasures with Abby Cadabby,” “Making Number Magic with The Count,” “Bird Watching with Big Bird,” a “Rock ‘N Roll Dance Party with Elmo & Friends,” a “Surprise Tea Time with Abby Cadabby and Elmo” and an exciting “Super Science Fair with Super Grover.” There are also special character breakfasts++, celebratory parades, stage shows and character tuck-ins++ with everyone’s favorite furry friends. Plus, coming this Fall, Oscar the Grouch** joins the fun, exclusively at Beaches Boscobel Resort & Golf Club, for exciting new activities and a special pre-show that’s fun for the whole family.
Grown-up Fun in the Sun with Kids in Tow
Beaches Resorts makes adults and kids of all ages true believers in the phrase “fun for everyone!” Fun for everyone means outrageous waterparks; Xbox 360® Play Lounge featuring Kinect™ for Xbox 360; and exclusive Kids Camps with a full schedule of age-appropriate activities. Additionally, teen and tween programming will keep coming-of-age guests on their toes, whether dancing the night away at aqua-themed nightclub Liquid; learning how to spin vinyl at the Scratch DJ Academy®++; lounging and mingling with new friends at Trench Town; or enjoying a variety of arts and crafts.
More Beaches Resorts Excitement to Come!
Beaches Resorts is part of the Sandals Resorts family, the Caribbean’s largest operator of Luxury Included® resorts, and has been voted the World’s Best Family All-Inclusive Resorts for 14 years in a row. Beaches Resorts offers three locations on the Caribbean’s best beaches: Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa, the flagship property located in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos; Beaches Negril Resort & Spa in Negril, Jamaica; and Beaches Boscobel Resort & Golf Club in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
For more information about Beaches Resorts, call 1-800-BEACHES (1-800-232-2437) or visit the website at http://www.beaches.com/.
**Oscar the Grouch coming September 2012 to Beaches Boscobel Resort & Golf Club only
++ For an additional fee
Earth’s Best was founded over 25 years ago on the belief that babies should begin their lives eating wholesome, pure foods harvested by organic farming practices that help to enrich the earth’s soil and water supplies for future generations to come. That belief still holds true today as Earth’s Best celebrates nurturing babies the purest way.
At its inception Earth’s Best consisted of only six jarred food varieties. Over time, the brand has grown to include a complete line of organic infant foods all made without the use of potentially harmful chemical fertilizers and pesticides including infant formulas with DHA and ARA, cereals, over 70 jar varieties in single and unique flavor combinations for all stages of a baby’s life, plus new infant purees in convenient pouches, perfect for on the go, teething biscuits and juice. The brand’s more recent introductions include Earth’s Best Sesame Street toddler foods, including Organic Fruit Yogurt Smoothies, baby body care products made with organic ingredients, earth-friendly Chlorine Free Diapers and Wipes and a line of all-natural home cleaning products. With such an extensive product line, Earth’s Best helps ensure that we nurture babies from head to toe with products that are not only “better for baby,” but better for the environment.
Earth’s Best Supports the “Healthy Habits for Life™” Initiative – 2005
With a strong belief that organic foods are best for children of all ages, Earth’s Best introduced a line of Sesame Street organic toddler products in partnership with Sesame Workshop and their “Healthy Habits for Life” initiative, providing a great start to a lifetime of good health. This campaign utilizes a coalition of partners and an advisory board of health, nutrition, fitness and education experts to develop and distribute multi-media, age-appropriate information targeted to preschoolers and their caregivers, empowering them with knowledge and positive attitudes about their bodies, while providing tools to encourage a great start to a lifetime of good health. The Earth’s Best Sesame Street line launched with breakfast cereals and snacks and later expanded to include organic soups, whole grain pasta meals and frozen foods. All Earth’s Best Sesame Street products are specially formulated for toddlers with iron, zinc and six B vitamins.
Earth’s Best further supports the “Healthy Habits for Life” program in-store via packaging and point of sale materials, as well as print advertising and a specific destination of product and nutritional information at www.earthsbest.com. All Earth’s Best Sesame Street packaging contains fun, educational activities for children and proudly displays the “Healthy Habits for Life” icon. Brochures are distributed with activities for children and tips for parents on how to encourage healthy eating habits for their children and the entire family. The Earth’s Best website promotes further the benefits of living a healthy life style and making the right food choices. Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit education organization behind Sesame Street, puts the proceeds it receives from sales of its products right back into Sesame Street and its other project for children at home and around the world.
For more information on Earth’s Best and how we can help you to incorporate healthy eating into your family’s daily life, visit www.earthsbest.com.
Earth’s Best® is a registered trademark of The Hain Celestial Group, Inc.
PNC recognizes that learning in a child’s early years is essential for their long-term success, and is pleased to return as an on-air sponsor of Sesame Street for a fourth year. Its early childhood education program, PNC Grow Up Great and PNC Crezca con Éxito, is a bilingual, multi-year initiative founded by The PNC Financial Services Group (pnc.com) to help prepare children for success in school and life. Grow Up Great focuses on underserved children during the first five years of life, which research has shown is critical to long-term achievement. Through the program, PNC provides innovative opportunities that assist families, educators and community partners to enhance children’s learning and development.
PNC is one of the nation’s largest diversified financial services organizations with assets of more than $296 billion. The company grew two-fold during the past decade and operates primarily in 19 states and the District of Columbia and includes national and international business operations. A $250 million, 10-year extension of Grow Up Great in October 2011 more than doubled its size and better prepares PNC to serve existing communities and introduce the program in its new Southeast U.S. market.
Since the 2004 launch of Grow Up Great, PNC has continued to expand its school readiness initiative by working with Sesame Workshop to address relevant issues in early education.
- For Me, for You, for Later: First Steps to Spending, Sharing, and Saving™ (April 2011) – The fourth in a series of bilingual multi-media outreach kits produced by Sesame for PNC, the kits provide parents, caregivers, and educators with resources to turn everyday moments into financial learning experiences.
- Happy, Healthy, Ready for School: Math Is Everywhere (Sept. 2010) – This multimedia educational kit contains an original Sesame Street™ DVD, parents and educators guides and an activity book. Together with the prior multimedia kits created by Sesame Workshop, PNC has distributed more than 2 million kits for free through its bank branch network and online at pncgrowupgreat.com and sesamestreet.org to help children and families broaden their learning opportunities.
- One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure (Nov. 2008) – With major support from the PNC Foundation, Sesame Workshop developed this cross-cultural planetarium show, intended for children ages 4-6. Experienced in planetariums or mobile domes, it provides an enriching, exciting and interactive introduction to astronomy. Elmo, Big Bird and Hu Hu Zhu a Muppet from Zhima Jie, the Chinese co-production of Sesame Street, observe the stars and take an imaginary trip to the moon, to the delight of children in both the United States and China.
PNC has distributed more than $46 million in grants to Head Start and other organizations that support early childhood education. The funding has helped establish innovative school readiness programs for preschoolers in math, science, the arts and financial education.
- More than 1.5 million children have benefited from PNC-funded programming.
- More than 75,000 teachers have received essential professional development from grants funded by the PNC Foundation.
PNC executives have elevated discussions about the importance of access to quality early childhood education. PNC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer James E. Rohr serves as honorary chair of the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission along with Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett. Comprised of business leaders from across the state, the commission seeks support for public investment in early learning. For his many efforts to benefit early childhood education, Sesame Workshop honored Rohr and PNC with its Corporate Leadership Award in 2007.
In addition to Sesame Workshop, PNC works in partnership with National Head Start Association as well as leading national and local organizations across its multi-state region. To provide issue expertise and guidance for the program, PNC has assembled an Advisory Council of early childhood experts from academia and leading not-for-profit organizations.
In 2009, PNC launched Grow Up Great with Science, an initiative which supports 14 regional science centers and non-profit organizations to enhance early science education. The funding enables the organizations to help teachers create fun and informative classroom activities for children and extend to their families free visits to the centers’ interactive exhibits. PNC pledged an additional $7 million to expand the science initiative as part of the extension of Grow Up Great.
Through a progressive policy that permits 40 hours a year of paid time off to volunteer, PNC encourages employee involvement to help young children succeed in school and life. Since the initiative’s launch, employees have volunteered more than 250,000 hours.
In addition, PNC has also funded many arts and cultural institutions to create programming for preschoolers. Studies have shown that an arts-rich environment helps children succeed in school and improves cognitive learning skills.
For more information about PNC Grow Up Great, please visit http://www.pncgrowupgreat.com/.
UnitedHealthcare shares Sesame Street’s passion for encouraging kids to be healthy and stay healthy. UnitedHealthcare serves more than 10 million children through individual, employer and state Medicaid benefit plans.
A proud sponsor of Sesame Street, UnitedHealthcare is a long-time supporter of nutritional, exercise and obesity-avoidance programs and supports a wide range of initiatives and services across the country that promote healthy habits for life. Healthy children equal stronger communities, and UnitedHealthcare has partnered with Sesame Workshop to provide the resources children need to grow healthy and stay healthy.
Sesame Street and UnitedHealthcare: Partners in Healthy Habits for Life
With the Healthy Habits for Life partnership, UnitedHealthcare and Sesame Workshop offer tools to help parents and caregivers gain a greater understanding of the relationship between healthy habits and children’s healthy growth. UnitedHealthcare supports three Sesame Workshop initiatives: Food for Thought: Eating Well on a Budget; Lead Away! and A is for Asthma.
Together, UnitedHealthcare and Sesame Workshop developed Food for Thought: Eating Well on a Budget, a bilingual multimedia education outreach program aimed at helping low-income families make food choices that are affordable and nutritional and that set the foundation for lifelong healthy habits. Program outreach includes bilingual (English and Spanish) Food for Thought kits with an original DVD starring the Sesame Street Muppets, a documentary showing families using a variety of strategies for maintaining healthy lifestyles despite limited financial resources, a parent/caregiver guide, child-friendly recipes, a children’s storybook, plus tools and resources to help families make choices that lead to healthy growth.
Lead Away! provides families with bilingual resources designed to increase awareness about the health risks of lead, and to teach parents and children effective strategies to avoid lead exposure. The resources meet a critical need for education on the dangers of lead. Through easy-to-implement activities and simple tips, the materials help parents and children work together to keep lead away.
A is for Asthma provides families with bilingual resources designed to increase their understanding and awareness of asthma. Asthma is one of the leading causes of emergency room admissions for children. By providing simple tips and positive activities for children, the project helps families learn to recognize asthma triggers and manage asthma symptoms. The materials encourage parents and caregivers to communicate closely with their child, other caregivers and their doctor to help their child maintain a healthy, active lifestyle.
UnitedHealthcare is part of UnitedHealth Group (www.unitedhealthgroup.com), a diversified health and well-being company, which serves one out of every eight children in the United States. Dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making health care work better, UnitedHealth Group businesses serve more than 75 million people worldwide.