Brooklyn, N.Y. – HITN, a Spanish-language media company that delivers educational programming to more than 44 million homes nationwide, announced that its tablet-based Pocoyo PlaySet: Let’s Move, has been nominated for the 2017 Kidscreen Awards as Best Learning App for Tablets. This award recognizes and honors the television network for their best work in children’s programming and digital media. The shortlisted entries for 2017 Kidscreen Awards were released by Kidscreen Magazine on December 5, 2016. Winners will be announced during the Kidscreen Summit 2017 in Miami, Florida on Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 during a special evening presentation.
Best Learning App for Tablets
The Pocoyo PlaySet: Let’s Move was a creation of the Early Learning Collaborative led by HITN, including Zinkia Entertainment, creator of the Spanish-speaking world’s best-known animated characters for preschoolers, Pocoyo, and his friends. At HITN, the project was led by Erica Branch-Ridley, an Emmy award-winning, transmedia executive producer. The apps principal goals are to create a fun and engaging educational application cultivating preschoolers’ learning abilities through body movements and pedagogical games and activities while encouraging children to be physically active, following Pocoyo’s lead. Through Pocoyo PlaySet: Let’s Move, children build fluency in oral English and expand their vocabulary, while also sharpening their listening skills and ability to follow directions.
“We are honored to be shortlisted for the KidScreen Awards and would like to extend our congratulations to all the television and digital media nominees,” said Erica Branch-Ridley, Vice President and Executive Producer of HITN’s Creative Development & Production. “We are pleased to have collaborated with the industry’s best television partners, and are grateful to Kidscreen for seeing the value and creative energy behind Pocoyo PlaySet: Let’s Move app.”
HITN’s Early Learning Collaborative including Zinkia Entertainment has developed 15 Pocoyo PlaySets, now available on iTunes, designed to provide fun and engaging experiences for young children as they improve their understanding of the English language, and develop integral reading and math skills. The project’s mission is to provide preschoolers with experiences that will help close the achievement gap between economically advantaged and disenfranchised children. Featuring Pocoyo, the internationally-recognized preschool character, the Pocoyo PlaySets are currently available on for tablet devices on the App Store and Google Play.