How to get to Sesame Street. Admit it. You sang the words in your head after reading the title. Don’t worry. You are not alone.
Since November 10, 1969, millions of children have sat in front of their television and sang the opening song to the most influential and educational children’s program, in the history of children’s programs. And to think, it all started at a dinner table. In 1966, three television producers were having a conversation during a dinner event about the lack of quality television programs for children. They wanted to create a show that would ‘master the addictive qualities of television and do something good with them’. They decided to hire educational consultants & researchers to study how children learn, and what children need to know before they start school. Sesame Street became the first television program to base its content on laboratory and formative research.
The key ingredients of Sesame Street are developmental psychology, early childhood education and cultural diversity. Jim Henson’s Muppets are used to create animated short clips, that maintain interest long enough for a preschooler to stay engaged. Bottom line… kids are having fun while learning & growing- academically, socially and emotionally.
I wonder how many television producers today would place so much importance & value on providing a quality children’s television program?