April 5th, 2011

LISTEN: Dr. Rosemarie Truglio discusses Sesame Street

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This podcast is a companion piece to our reporting for PBS NewsHour on the Chicago preschool vocabulary gap; the PBS report is embedded above.

When the TV show Sesame Street began 42 years ago, it wasn’t all that common for kids to go to preschool. In fact, about 70% of kids stayed home until they went to kindergarten. The creators of the show sought to bring a bit of the preschool experience to the many kids who didn’t actually attend school.

Today, the stats are almost reversed — about 60% of kids under five are in some kind of structured preschool program — but the goal of Sesame Street remains the same: to reach out to the population of preschool-aged kids who do not go to school and prepare them for the school experience.

Producer Amanda Thieroff sat down with Dr. Rosemarie Truglio, one of the wizards behind the curtain at Sesame Workshop, the non-profit company that produces Sesame Street and other educational programs.

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I love Sesame Street. It taught my children and me so many things. Now I teach in a public pre-k and use classic youTube SS clips to reinforce learning.

Thank you for your feedback, Gigi.

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