Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with HITN Learning and Cleo & Cuquin at Barnes & Noble

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Join us as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a fun afternoon of family activities including storytelling, arts and crafts for preschoolers, face-painting, giveaways, prizes, and play with our award-winning Cleo & Cuquin Family Fun math kits and app. We will also provide access to important information and insights about raising our little ones to not only learn to embrace our cultura, but also our language.

Meet renowned bilingual education advocate and TEDx speaker Dr. Mariana Díaz-Wionczek, a Hispanic mom, researcher, and academic who will provide valuable tips on how to raise bilingual children in today’s multicultural world. 

Raising Bilingual Children in a Multicultural World” is a series of events brought to you by HITN Learning and will be presented at select Barnes & Noble bookstores during September and October.

We hope to see you there!

Locations, date and time:

Sat, September 21, 2019
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Barnes & Noble Del Amo
Gateway Shopping Center
810 West Valley Parkway
Escondido, CA 92025

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Sun, September 22, 2019
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Barnes & Noble Eastlake
Otay Ranch Town Center
2015 Birch Road Suite 700
Chula Vista, CA 91915

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Sat, September 28, 2019
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Barnes & Noble Union Square
33 E 17th St
New York, NY

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Sun, September 29, 2019
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Barnes & Noble Park Slope
267 7th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215

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Sat, October 5, 2019
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Barnes & Noble Fountains at Farah
8889 Gateway Blvd W, Ste 120
El Paso, TX 79925

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Sun, October 6, 2019
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Barnes & Noble Palms Crossing
3300 Expressway 83, # 1100
McAllen, TX 78501

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Sat, October 12, 2019
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Barnes & Noble West Kendall
12405 N Kendall Dr
Miami, FL 33186

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About Dr. Mariana Díaz-Wionczek

Dr. Diaz-Wionczek is a children’s media consultant and advisor. She partners with organizations who strive to have a positive impact on children’s lives through high-quality media and technology experiences. She uses extensive experience, knowledge and expertise in child psychology, cognitive development, bilingual education, transculturalism and diversity & inclusion to help develop and produce quality content that resonates with all children.

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 at Barnes & Noble

HITN and Barnes & Noble Kick off Free Fun Family Events to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage all Month Long!

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This past weekend, HITN Learning, a division of HITN kicked off the first of a month-long series of Hispanic Heritage Month events in San Diego, CA titled Raising Bilingual Children in today’s multicultural world at select Barnes & Noble locations.

These family fun events took place in heavily Hispanic populated areas in order to raise awareness on this important topic. Families enjoyed a fun afternoon, learning from renowned bilingual educational expert and TEDx speaker Dr. Mariana Diaz-Wionczek, who provided valuable tips on the benefits of raising bilingual children.
Children enjoyed storytelling, arts and crafts for preschoolers, face painting, giveaways and prizes. These events are free and open to the public.
For more information on the next events go to: https://www.hitn.org/hispanic-heritage-month/

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 Mourns the Passing of Its Esteemed Colleague and Friend Erica Branch-Ridley

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HITN Mourns The Passing Of Its Esteemed Colleague And Friend Erica Branch-Ridley

The Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network (HITN) acknowledges with great sadness the sudden passing, September 16, 2019, of Erica Branch-Ridley, Vice President- Product Development for HITN Learning. HITN extends its deepest sympathy to Erica’s children, family, colleagues and friends during this sorrowful time.

Erica was a two-time children’s Emmy Award-winning producer who joined HITN in 2013 following a career with CBS News, Black Entertainment Television, Viacom (Nickelodeon, TV Land), and Sesame Workshop. Her first three years at HITN she spent as co-leader of the development of a system of bilingual transmedia resources for Hispanic preschool children under a $30 million U.S. Department of Education Ready To Learn grant. Following the release of the 16 Pocoyo Playset apps, which received Parents’ Choice and Kidscreen awards, she turned her attention to deriving a new line of bilingual preschool learning resources from the grant-funded work, now populated by the Latin legacy property called Cleo & Cuquin (YouTube, Netflix). Under her leadership the initial series of bilingual Cleo & Cuquin Family Fun! math learning kits and apps were released to extraordinarily positive consumer response. At the time of her death she was producing content for HITN Learning to make it the premier destination for parents of Hispanic preschoolers.

In these six years at HITN she applied her deep-seated beliefs in how to power interactive learning experiences across platforms, and bring meaningful diversity to both content and producer staffs. She led from the heart as well as the brain, and had that special power of making everyone around here believe that impossible tasks were possible if everyone respected and demanded excellence from each other.

Our beloved colleague and friend is survived by 3 children, Nya, Olivia and Jonathan Ridley, for which a GoFundMe education fund has been created in order to support and further their education through these difficult times.  If you wish to make a donation, click on the button below. Your generosity is most welcome and appreciated.

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 Does Ed Tech

HITN attends ISTE in Philadelphia

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An HITN Learning team descended upon the nation’s largest educational technology conference, ISTE, held this year in Philadelphia June 22-26. General Manager David Rust and Director, Product Management MaryEllen McLaughlin (in photo), renewed relationships with potential school marketing partners, identified new partners, and surveyed environments and products being offered to support education in PreK-8 schools.

Senior Manager, Creative Innovation Lab Jackson Tam and Producer Federico Sanchez explored new horizons with Unity, the leading game engine development platform that HITN Learning uses for the Cleo & Cuquin Explore + Learn App; and the larger educational environments being developed by Google Education, and a resurgent Microsoft.

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 Brings Insights on Diversity & Inclusion to Ed Tech

HITN Learning Brings Insights on Diversity & Inclusion to Ed Tech

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HITN Learning Brings Insights on Diversity & Inclusion to Ed Tech

At the SIIA Education Technology Information Network/ETIN annual conference in San Francisco June 10-12, HITN Learning’s General Manager David Rust conducted a panel on Inclusive Brand Marketing, one of several following the conference theme of diversity, equity and inclusion.

SIIA ETIN is the nation’s only association of organizations providing educational technology solutions for schools and learning. Recognizing that public schools surpassed the ethnic/racial “majority minority” point in 2014, Rust—who is also ETIN board member–has co-chaired ETIN’s efforts to help member companies take steps to achieve genuine racial/ethnic inclusion in their products, people and operations. Rust’s comments used the launch of Cleo & Cuquin Family Fun! for Math to demonstrate.

The panel also included HITN Learning’s Vice President, Product Development, Erica Branch-Ridley, who presented examples from Pocoyo Playset, Fred Rogers, The Electric Company, Dora the Explorer and Blue’s Clues drawn from experience with these organizations. Rounding out the panel were CEO/Founder Lynzi Ziegenhagen of Schoolzilla, an Oakland-based company providing tools to interpret student data, and CEO/Co-Founder Steven Wolfe Pereira of Encantos, a Los Angeles-based provider of consumer media brands in education.

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

NY State Head Start Conference

HITN Learning Energizes NY Head Start Conference

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HITN Learning Energizes NY Head Start Conference

HITN Learning was happy to participate in the 2019 New York State Head Start Association’s Annual Professional Development Conference on May 30/31. The conference themed “Breaking Barriers, Building Success” was held at the Crowne Plaza hotel in White Plains, NY, and hosted close to 300 Head Start professionals.

HITN Learning sponsored the opening luncheon, which was kicked off with remarks from HITN President and CEO Michael D. Nieves and featured Keynote speaker Joyce Thomas Regional Administrator for the Administration for Children and Families (ACF).

HITN also participated as an exhibitor featuring our newest fully bilingual preschool product, the Cleo & Cuquin Family Fun Math Kits, and app. Which included a guest appearance from character baby Cuquin who provided many selfie photo opportunities for delighted Head Start professionals!

HITN CEO Nieves commented, “HITN, like Head Start, understands the importance of early childhood education. This is why we’ve maintained a focus on creating bilingual educational materials for early learners. We’re proud to support the Head Start Association which continues to be an important advocate for the educational needs of New York’s youngest.”

Carolyn Wiggins, President of the New York State Head Start Association, said this of the event “The New York State Head Start Association was delighted to have HITN Learning as one of our major sponsors as well as a participant in this year’s conference. HITN’s commitment to bilingual early childhood truly resonates with our professionals. Their thoughtful and lively luncheon presentation added even more energy to a packed agenda! Their sponsorship was appreciated and certainly an asset to the professional development of our conference attendees.

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

sesame workshop content on HITN's Edye

Sesame Workshop Content to Be Featured on ‘Edye,’ HITN’s New SVOD Platform for Preschoolers

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The network’s new Premium SVOD service for preschool children will feature from Sesame Workshop, one of the world’s most iconic children’s content producers

Brooklyn, NY – HITN, the leading Spanish-language network that offers educational and entertainment content to families in more than 44 million households across the United States, announced today that the prestigious and iconic children’s content provider Sesame Workshop will be one of the primary providers of Spanish-language content for its new SVOD service for preschool children, Edye.

We are very excited to include Sesame Workshop’s content in the launch of our new SVOD preschool service Edye. We have been carefully handpicking every single title that will be featured at the launch of our service and having Sesame Workshop content is a shining example of that effort. Their programs combine high entertainment and educational values, presented by well-known characters that are very close to the hearts of both, children and parents”, said Erika Vogt-Lowell, Director of Programming and Acquisitions for HITN.

Edye’s content offering includes seasons three and four of The Furchester Hotel, a series set in a cheerfully chaotic inn run by a close-knit family of monsters. A coproduction of Sesame Workshop and the BBC’s CBeebies, the show aims to strengthen children’s problem-solving skills. In addition to The Furchester Hotel and a range of other short-format Sesame Workshop content, the new digital platform offers educational guides for parents, as well as a wide variety of videos, games and children’s books, all in Spanish.
As viewing habits change, OTT services like Edye allow kids and families to enjoy high-quality educational entertainment on their busy schedules,” said Jennifer A. Perry, Sesame Workshop’s Vice President and Publisher, North America Media Products. “We’re thrilled to work with HITN as the first preschool content provider on Edye. Together, we’ll share engaging Sesame Street programming with Spanish-speaking families across the country.

Edye has concentrated an impressive catalog of children’s content with programming from some of the most important producers in the industry. HITN’s first SVOD service for the region, will become available at the end of April.

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 TV and Cleo & Cuquin event at Miami Dadeland Mall

Great Family Event With Vida y Salud and Cleo and Cuquin at Dadeland Mall

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Over the March 15th weekend, shoppers were treated to a Vida y Salud event at Miami Dadeland Mall, hosted by HITN TV.

Participants enjoyed a personal and family-oriented experience, highlighting the channel and Vida y Salud. Shoppers sampled natural juices, received massages, waited patiently for blood pressure screenings, and were able to spin the HITN prize wheel to win fun and healthy gifts. They also entered a raffle to win a fabulous trip to Puerto Rico!

Families and their children also interacted with HITN Learning’s engaging new bilingual app, Cleo and Cuquin Family Fun Math Kits, have their faces painted and have a fun balloon animal created especially for them!

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 Helps NABE-NAEYC Spread The Word On Bilingual Preschool

HITN Helps NABE-NAEYC Spread The Word On Bilingual Preschool

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HITN Learning was a Bronze Sponsor at last week’s annual conference of the National Association of Bilingual Educators (NABE), held at Walt Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort (Lake Buena Vista FL). HITN’s contribution ensured attendance by more than 80 educators and administrators from across the nation at the inaugural full-day Early Childhood-Dual Language Institute co-hosted by NABE and the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). HITN has been an active sponsor at events in both organizations to promote best strategies in early childhood learning that embrace the benefits of multilingual learning. Leading experts in the field, including Drs. Linda Espinosa, Dina Castro, Anita Pandey, Iliana Alanis and Maria Arreguin Anderson, presented.

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

Cleo & Cuquin App Wins Silver Honor Award

Cleo & Cuquin App Wins Silver Honor Award

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The network’s Cleo & Cuquin: Explore + Learn App went home with a Silver Honor award

Brooklyn, NY — HITN, the non-profit, Spanish-language media network providing educational and entertainment programming to more than 44 million American households, is celebrating for winning the 2019 Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award for Cleo & Cuquin: Explore + Learn App, one of the most recent additions to the network’s roster of digital learning initiatives.

The app, which launched in late 2018 and was produced by the HITN Learning group, wowed judges with its bilingual approach to teaching pre-kindergarten math skills in four topics: sorting, counting, flat shapes and 3D Shapes. The Cleo & Cuquin: Explore + Learn App uses a delightful collection of characters with roots in Latin America, to present engaging AR activities, games, puzzles and videos all designed to help pre-schoolers between the ages of 3-5 understand math concepts.

HITN is incredibly proud to receive a 2019 Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award for the Cleo & Cuquin: Explore + Learn app. Our goal was to deliver a bilingual product that will help parents engage their children and enhance the skills they need for kindergarten,” remarked David Rust, General Manager of HITN Learning. “As a Hispanic organization, it’s important to us that all content and materials be appealing and valuable to both Spanish and English dominant families.

This is HITN’s third application to win a coveted prize in the education and parenting space. The organization’s literacy and vocabulary-building focused app, Pocoyo PlaySet: Let’s Move, won the Kidscreen Award for Best Preschool Learning App and a Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award in 2017. That same year, the organization’s preschool math app, Pocoyo Playset: 3D Shapes, received a Parents’ Choice Gold Award.

The three winning apps are also recognized as top preschool “Editor’s Picks” app for Common Sense Media, the organization dedicated to empowering families by providing unbiased advice and reviews on the latest media tools and technology.

HITN Learning is committed to the social, emotional, and academic success of Hispanic/Latino children ages 0-14. Its mission is to provide parents, caregivers, and teachers with original learning media products, in English and Spanish, which engage Hispanic families on their education journey. HITN Learning serves learners from all cultural backgrounds who value the bilingual English-Spanish experience. To learn more visit www.hitnlearning.org.

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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