Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network Is Bridging the App Gap in the Greater Hartford Area by Distributing Educational Apps to
Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network Is Bridging the App Gap in the Greater Hartford Area by Distributing Educational Apps to Underserved Areas
First-of-its-kind collaboration will deliver new Dinosaur Train math apps at no cost, increasing access to educational kids’ mobile content in underserved communities
In a first-of-its-kind collaboration, Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN) is working to provide free educational apps to families in underserved communities. The apps will be downloaded onto devices that families can access. In addition to CPBN, PBS stations and Head Start centers nationwide are participating in this unique outreach effort, which is a service of the Ready To Learn Initiative, an early learning effort led by PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) with funding from the U.S. Department of Education.
Recent research has shown that access to computers, smartphones and tablets is much less prevalent in lower-income households, limiting children’s exposure to educational apps. Through this program, CPBN, PBS, CPB and Head Start are working to help bridge this “app gap.” Together, they are increasing access to educational mobile content for children from low-income families at community organizations that serve them and are equipped with mobile and tablet devices.
“Studies show that apps can have learning promise when they are both engaging and educational,” said Donna Sodipo, Director of Educational Services at the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN), parent company of CPTV. “At CPBN we look forward to distributing educational Dinosaur Train apps to underserved communities, extending our role as a valued educational resource in the Hartford community.”
The apps, All Aboard the Dinosaur Train! for iPad and Dinosaur Train Camera Catch! for iPhone, are based on the popular Dinosaur Train series produced by The Jim Henson Company, and are designed to help kids ages 3 to 5 build critical math skills.
From now through September, CPBN will distribute app codes at no cost to families in the Hartford area and underserved parts of Connecticut. The codes will be used to download the two apps onto devices that serve children. Educators and families in these communities will be able to obtain codes for use on their professional or at-home devices.
In addition to this special distribution in underserved communities, both of the Dinosaur Train apps are also available to everyone in the App Store.