This fall, Sesame Street and PBS will introduce a bonus half-hour program both on-air and on digital platforms. The additional half-hour program will air on weekday afternoons and weekend mornings on PBS stations (check your local listings), complementing the one-hour series that airs weekday mornings. Each half-hour episode of Sesame Street is a shortened version of each one-hour program and will include a “Street Story,” a “Word on the Street” segment, a celebrity vocabulary segment, songs, spoofs, dance breaks and popular segments like “Cookie’s Crumby Pictures” or “Super Grover 2.0.”

The new afternoon program will offer families even more access to the iconic series that for decades has helped prepare kids for success in school and in life. The half-hour version of Sesame Street will focus on a variety of school readiness skills – including impulse control and socio-emotional lessons – for which parents are increasingly seeking resources.

Additionally, for the first time, selected full episodes of the 30-minute show will also be available for free online at pbskids.org/video, on the PBS KIDS Video App and on the PBS KIDS Roku channel in an effort to reach even more children with one of America’s most beloved and educationally powerful children’s series.