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Sesame Workshop is adapting four decades of Sesame-style learning for today’s classrooms.

Children’s Education Initiatives in the United States | From living rooms to classrooms

COMING SOON — When Sesame Street  first aired in 1969, the majority of young children spent their days at home. Now, most 3- to 5-year-olds participate in preschool or child care. To bring the advantages of high-quality early childhood education to American children in this new era, we’re translating Sesame Street for preschool classrooms.

Our solution, now in development, puts an interactive twist on our tried-and-true approach: teaching ABCs, 123s, healthy behavior, and social inclusiveness to children working together with teachers, in groups, and on their own. The program will employ a wide range of educational tools, from crayons and paper to touch-screen tablet PCs… along with plenty of playtime. And, to reap the benefits of today’s preschool experience, we extend the learning to the grown-ups in children’s lives, including early childhood educators and families.

True to our heritage as a “workshop,” our preschool offering is a work in progress. We are working in partnership with early childhood educators in New York City, Atlanta and Denver. Our experiment gets into full-gear this summer.