More than 1,000 studies1 show that Sesame Street reaches children across many countries and cultures in every demographic group, and that preschoolers who watch do significantly better on a whole range of cognitive outcomes —than those who don’t.
A 2013 study by a leading academic institution concludes that children who watch one of our international versions of Sesame Street gain on average almost 12 percentile points on learning outcomes, compared to those who don’t.2 That means Sesame Street’s impact is comparable to dedicated preschool interventions—but on a vastly larger scale. As the world’s longest street, we’re reaching more than 156 million children3 across 150+ countries with lessons that set them up for success in school and life.
2. Mares, M.-L., & Pan, Z. (2013). Effects of Sesame Street: A meta-analysis of children’s learning in 15 countries, Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.appdev.2013.01.001
3. Estimate based on Sesame Street Market Research Studies and International Census (2013). Sesame Street’s reach represents 16% of the global 0-7 population (1.004 billion).