HITN Launches Educational Kits Inspired by the Fun Youtube Characters Cleo & Cuquin

HITN Launches Educational Kits Inspired by the Fun Youtube Characters Cleo & Cuquin

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The initiative will be administered by HITN Learning, the division of HITN that promotes bilingual education among Hispanic families

Brooklyn, NYHITN, the leading Spanish-language network that offers educational and entertainment content to families in more than 44 million households across the United States, announced the launch of a series of fun-to-use educational kits and apps based on the popular YouTube preschool characters ‘Cleo & Cuquin.’ The bilingual English-Spanish content is designed to help preschoolers develop math and problem-solving skills in both languages.

HITN Learning, the education division of HITN, developed the new products, which use a transmedia approach shown to stimulate learning in young children. HITN has been a pioneer in this type of approach for nearly a decade as the lead partner in the Early Learning Collaborative (ELC), the recipient of a $30 million Ready To Learn grant from the US Department of Education.

The ‘Cleo & Cuquin’ Family Fun Kits and Apps present mathematical concepts in attractive formats that entertain preschool kids while stimulating their curiosity, allowing parents to spend quality time with their children, toggling back and forth as they desire between English and Spanish. Each kit incorporates best practices in education and early childhood learning, motivating young users through games, songs, movement and repetition. Each kit and related app content unit focus on math concepts generally recognized as important for kindergarten success: Counting, Sorting and 3D (Three-Dimensional) Shapes.

Our goal with Cleo and Cuquin Family Kits is to deliver a bilingual product that will help parents engage with their children and enhance the skills they need for kindergarten using engaging transmedia material” stated Michael D. Nieves, President and CEO of HITN. “As a Hispanic organization it’s important to us that all material be appealing and valuable to both Spanish and English dominant families.

Angel Molinero, managing director of Ánima Kitchent, the producers of ‘Cleo & Cuquin’ the TV show and transmedia content based on the iconic La Familia Telerin, added: “The ‘Cleo & Cuquin’ educational kits are the perfect complement for fans of the international hit show. Bilingual education promotes childhood creativity. The materials in these kits reinforce the importance of play and a healthful lifestyle for young minds, with positive messages that prepare kids for success at school.

Details and benefits of the ‘Cleo & Cuquin’ Family Fun Kits and Apps:

  • Promote bilingual learning
  • Provide quality fun time for parents and children
  • Encourage the development math skills among preschooler
  • Integrate fun educational digital app activities into the learning process
  • Feature materials and activities designed by experts in childhood education

The first ‘Cleo & Cuquin’ kits – Counting, Sorting and 3D Shapes – are available to families through online retailers; the related app can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play. Plans are in the

ABOUT ANIMA KITCHENT
Ánima Kitchent creates, produces and markets entertainment brands based on transmedia content which are aimed mainly at children and young audiences. It was incorporated in Spain by Mexico’s Ánima Estudios, which boasts over 15 years’ experience in the animation sector, and part of the management team from Vodka Capital. As well as PINY, it currently produces Cleo & Cuquin, a TV show and transmedia content based on the iconic Familia Telerin, and manages the Vodka Capital brands Jelly Jamm and Bugsted. For further information, visit: www.animakitchent.com.

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

HITN Launches Cleo & Cuquin With Preschool Educators

HITN Launches Cleo & Cuquin With Preschool Educators

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As a Silver Sponsor, HITN Learning attended and exhibited at this year’s NAEYC Conference in Washington D.C. to introduce to the vast community of educators their new educational kits and apps based on the popular animated characters, ‘Cleo & Cuquin.’ The bilingual English-Spanish content is designed to help preschoolers develop math and problem-solving skills through the Cleo & Cuquin Family Fun! Math kits and app— a unique mix of print and digital hands-on activities and games.

This year’s NAEYC was an exciting opportunity to share our new bilingual transmedia preschool products with this highly engaged group of early childhood educators”, said David Rust, General Manager, HITN Learning. “We were so pleased to see how receptive educators were to these kindergarten readiness kits, the apps and the Cleo & Cuquin characters”.

HITN’s presence at the conference included an exhibit booth where educators were able to interact with the product. In addition, for the second year, HITN Learning served as sponsor of the NAEYC Celebration of Diversity Reception which included awards presentations to a variety of special interest groups including the Latino Interest Forum. HITN friend and accomplished Mexican singer/songwriter Sonia De Los Santos joined the festivities and provided entertainment for the reception.

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

HITN Learning Executive Recognized for Leadership by the Digital Diversity Network

HITN Learning Executive Recognized for Leadership by the Digital Diversity Network

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HITN Learning’s Vice President of Creative Development and Production honored as Culture Catalyst for digital media and technology at the Innovation & Inclusion Awards 2018 

Brooklyn, NY HITN, the leading Spanish-language network that offers educational and entertainment content to more than 44 million households across the United States, announced today that Erica Branch-Ridley, Vice President of Creative Development and Production at HITN Learning, was honored for her leadership in the area of digital production by the Digital Diversity Network at their “Innovation & Inclusion Awards 2018”, an annual program that honors the achievements of leading professionals in digital and technological fields across the country.

This award is a well-deserved acknowledgement of Erica, and our talented HITN Learning team’s work,” said Michael D. Nieves, President & CEO of HITN.We continue to stay up to date with the latest technological advances that offer Spanish-speaking families the highest quality bilingual children’s products and digital tools that both educate and entertain.

Erica supervises the development of multi-platform educational products at HITN Learning, the division of HITN responsible for developing its interactive, bilingual initiatives for children.  This month, Erica’s team will release HITN Learning’s newest product, the Cleo & Cuquin Explore and Learn App. The app includes a host of engaging games, activities and videos including augmented reality experiences, targeted at pre-school age children to help enhance kindergarten readiness skills.  Previously with HITN, Erica spearheaded development of 15 Pocoyo Playset Apps under a Department of Education $30 million Ready to Learn Grant.

We are proud and excited to see Erica receive this award for her work,” remarked David Rust, General Manager of HITN Learning.Her leadership and experience are key to the creative development process for our multi-platform educational products and award-winning apps for children.

Before joining HITN, Erica worked at Sesame Workshop, where she led the digital strategy for The Electric Company and went on to serve as Vice President of Production for Sesame Learning. She also spent time at Viacom as Senior Director of TV Land/Nick at Nite Digital. In addition, she was Senior Producer at Nickelodeon Online, where she created the first fully interactive experiences for Dora the Explorer, Blues Clues, Little Bill and many other notable kids shows. Erica has received numerous accolades, including two Interactive Emmy Awards.

This year’s winners of the Innovation & Inclusion Awards 2018 were honored at a gala in New York City on October 18th, attended by more than 200 professionals from across the country.

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

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HITN Learning Attends “No Bully” Training in Philadelphia

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Brooklyn, NYHITN’s VP for Children, Youth, and Digital Media Literacy, Ed Greene, was invited to attend the October Solutions Coach Training at Philadelphia’s Kensington High School, a participant in The No Bully School Partnership program. Kathryn Grey, Lead Trainer for the organization, extended the invitation at the suggestion of CEO Nicholas Carlisle.

Sarah Mello, a No Bully Solutions Coach Trainer, conducted the intensive one-day Solutions Coaches Training which is the centerpiece of No Bully’s signature anti- bullying program for schools.

Kensington High School’s participation in the No Bully School Partnership is underwritten by MLB organization and ESPN sponsorship.

The No Bully School Partnership program  includes an integrated series of leadership coaching sessions, teacher trainings and a parent workshop in how to implement the No Bully System® and sustain it long-term. A one-year, funded, partnership brings a participating school into alignment with state and federal anti-bullying mandates. It is viewed as an important investment in a school culture grounded in inclusivity and compassion.

No Bully is currently discussing HITN’s Amplifying Youth Voices Digital Storytelling Initiative and opportunities that might be mutually beneficial. HITN is examining the No Bully model to further develop its approach to monetizing and distributing the Digital Storytelling Initiative.

For more informative about the No Bully School Partnership and the No Bully System®, check out: https://www.nobully.org/shred-hate

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

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‘Cleo & Cuquin’ to participate in HITN Learning US Early Literacy Initiative

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Madrid, November 2017

HITN   (Hispanic   Information   and   Telecommunications   Network),   the   US-­‐based,   Spanish-­‐ language television network accessible in 44 million households, has reached an agreement with producer Ánima Kitchent to include Cleo & Cuquinin an early literacy initiative to help ensure kids from trans-cultural homes enter kindergarten on equitable footing with their peers.

The initiative will be managed by HITN Learning, the network’s early learning division that produces educational products. It’s based on a transmedia approach to promote early literacy among children aged four and five. HITN pioneered the transmedia approach for bilingual preschool education earlier this decade as lead partner of the Early Learning Collaborative (ELC), recipient of a $30 million Ready to Learn Grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

In this successor enterprise, Cleo & Cuquin will star in a series of mobile apps and hands-­‐on kits  featuring Spanish/English bilingual educational content whose purpose is  to develop the parallel acquisition of two languages, and take first steps towards the math and literacy skills expected in kindergarten.

A variety of physical and digital educational formats will be launched in the US targeting public and private schools, day care and community centers, and will be available in stores beginning the second half of 2018.

Among the many positive messages conveyed, Cleo & Cuquin,’ teaches young viewers about the importance of play and a healthy lifestyle. It shows children that creativity is the best way to resolve conflict and models a step by step approach to problem solving, which is why this particular transmedia brand was selected to form part of this important educational initiative.

‘Cleo  &  Cuquin’  (52×7’  television  series)  is  targeted  at  pre‐schoolers  ages  four  and  five  and features the Telerin brothers and sisters, especially big sister Cleo and the baby of the family, Cuquin. Each episode sees the little kids tackle a big adventure as Cuquin’s mischief causes conflicts or gets Cleo and her brothers and sisters into trouble, and they come up with solutions the only way kids know how: by playing! They pretend to be astronauts, gardeners, detectives, monsters or whatever they need to be to get the job done. Best of all, at the end of every episode, Cleo figures out what she wants to be when she grows up -­‐ at least for that day! These demonstrations of positive social emotional interactions and problem solving skills will serve as key underpinnings for HITN Learning’s educational products.

Familia Telerin was a brief cartoon aired in Spain and Latin America in the late 60s. It proved hugely popular, as it featured a catchy song telling kids it was time to turn off the TV and head for bed, helping parents with the tricky task of settling them down for the night. The clip aired for two decades in Spain and was also broadcast in Latin America, where it featured in TV programming for many years.

With a view to rekindling this success and a clear international approach, Televisa joined forces a  year  ago  with  Ánima  Kitchent,  Famosa,  MAI  and  Selecta  Visión  to  co-­produce  the  new transmedia brand based on the Familia Telerin.

Cleo & Cuquinhas brand new scripts, updated characters and a meticulous design. As well as the TV show, the brand boasts apps like the “El Acostador” bedtime app, web content and music video clips. Cleo & Cuquin launched on the Familia Telerin’s YouTube channel, and after just a year and a half its 17 music video clips have chalked up over 600 million views and 1.5 million subscribers.

HITN Learning’s product plans for ‘Cleo & Cuquin’ include a series of Family Fun Kits focusing on math and literacy concepts. The kits will offer learning concepts disguised as fun. Fun Kit components will spark learning in young minds.  A series of mobile apps, inspired by the award-­‐ winning (Parent’s Choice, Kidscreen) “Pocoyo Playsets” developed under the ELC grant, will provide a range of gaming, recording, and augmented reality experiences.

Toy maker Mattel recently announced that it had been awarded the worldwide Toy Master License for ‘Cleo & Cuquin’. The first line of products is set to be rolled out in Mexico in time for Christmas 2018, following the TV broadcast of the show in the North American country. This initial expansion into the international market will be underpinned by broadcasting agreements in a range of markets in the coming months, which will position Cleo & Cuquin’ firmly as a strong global brand.

Ánima Kitchent CEO Víctor M. López said: “HITN, which has outstanding experience and prestige in the field of education, rounds out Cleo & Cuquin’s global strategy by further developing the edutainment component of our brand in the world’s largest market.

We are very excited to be working with Ánima Kitchent,” said Michael D. Nieves, President and CEO of HITN. “This partnership is a prime example of how HITN keeps pushing the boundaries to provide educational and entertaining content. Cleo & Cuquin will play a major role in the launch of HITN Learning’s next line of educational products.

For further information:

Ánima Kitchent S.L Paula Martín

paula.martin@animakitchent.com Calle Anzuola, 9

28002 Madrid

+34 916315084

 

HITN

Angel Audiffred aaudiffred@hitn.org Brookly, New York (646) 483-­‐0730

 

Notes to editors: About Ánima Kitchent:

Ánima Kitchent creates, produces and markets entertainment brands based on transmedia content which are aimed mainly at children and young audiences. It was incorporated in Spain by Mexico’s Ánima Estudios, which boasts over 15 years’ experience in the animation sector, and part of the management team from Vodka Capital. As well as PINY, it currently produces Cleo&Cuquin, a TV show and transmedia content based on the iconic Familia Telerin, and manages the Vodka Capital brands Jelly Jamm and Bugsted. For further information, visit www.animakitchent.com.

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About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

POCOYO PLAYSET: LETS MOVE AWARDED BEST LEARNING APP FOR TABLETS

HITN Educational App “Pocoyo Playset: Lets Move” Finalist For The 2017 Kids Imagination Awards

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Brooklyn, NY HITN, the non-profit, Spanish-language media network that provides educational and entertainment programming to more than 44 million American households across the country, announced today that its educational App ‘Pocoyo PlaySet’: Let’s Move has been honored as finalist for the 2017 Kids Imagination Awards, an annual awards program celebrating the best in children’s, teen and family programming across platforms, technology, marketing and pro-social campaigns.

Pocoyo PlaySet: Let’s Move

Is part of HITN Learning division’s suite of products that help preschoolers develop English-language skills needed for a successful start in Kindergarten. HITN’s educational app was nominated by the 6th Annual Cynopsis Kids Imagination Awards in the following categories: Mobile App Preschool, Mobile App (educational), Tablet-Based App.  The winners will be announced at the 6th Annual Awards Breakfast, held on September 19 at the Yale Club in NYC.

Pocoyo PlaySet: Let’s Move app is a creation of the Early Learning Collaborative (ELC) led by HITN and including Zinkia Entertainment, the creator of the animated series, Pocoyo and the Michael Cohen Group, a leading evaluator of educational programs, funded by the Federal Government. HITN’s creative design and focus on solid academic and social-emotional skills were brought to life through the Pocoyo characters, the most beloved preschool characters in the Spanish-speaking world, and through the support of a $30 million Ready-to-Learn grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

“We’re excited that our educational app made it to the finalists’ list for the 2017 Kids Imagination Awards,” said David Rust, General Manager for HITN Learning. “We have collaborated with the industry’s best partners to develop this application, and are grateful that the judges were impressed with the richness and power of the learning experiences in the  Pocoyo PlaySet: Let’s Move app.”

Let’s Move, also a recent recipient of the 2017 Kidscreen Award for Best Preschool Learning App-Tablet, creates a fun and engaging educational experience, cultivating preschoolers’ learning abilities through body movements and pedagogical games and activities, while encouraging kids to be physically active, following Pocoyo’s lead. Through Pocoyo PlaySet: Let’s Move, preschoolers build fluency in spoken English and expand their English vocabulary learning words, while also sharpening their listening skills and ability to follow directions. These integrated suites of educational resources have been proven effective through studies and pilot implementations in the USA and Puerto Rico.
All 15 Pocoyo PlaySets are available on the Apple App Store and GooglePlay.

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

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HITN Educational App Wins Kidscreen Award for Best Preschool Children’s Learning App

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Brooklyn, NY HITN, the non-profit, Spanish-language media network that provides educational and entertainment programming to more than 44 million American households across the country, announced it was awarded the 2017 Kidscreen Award for Best Preschool Learning App. The winning app, Pocoyo PlaySet: Let’s Move, helps preschoolers develop English-language skills needed for a successful start in Kindergarten. Kidscreen Award winners were announced during the Kidscreen Summit 2017 in Miami at a special presentation February 14th.

The Pocoyo PlaySet: Let’s Move is a creation of the Early Learning Collaborative (ELC) between HITN and Zinkia Entertainment, the creator of the award-winning animated series, Pocoyo. HITN’s creative design and focus on solid academic and social-emotional skills were brought to life through the renowned and revered Pocoyo brand, and through the support of a $30 million Ready-to-Learn grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The resulting Pocoyo PlaySets provide unlimited opportunities for young children to engage in a powerful learning experience. These integrated suites of educational resources have been proven effective through summative studies and pilot implementations across the USA and Puerto Rico.

“We are honored to win a Kidscreen Award and would like to extend our congratulations to all the television and digital media nominees and winners,” 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 our Pocoyo PlaySet: Let’s Move app.”

The app creates a fun and engaging educational experience, 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, preschoolers build fluency in spoken English and expand their English vocabulary learning words, while also sharpening their listening skills and ability to follow directions.

All 15 Pocoyo PlaySets are now available on the Apple Store and GooglePlay.

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv