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