WASHINGTON--(HITN) Early Learning Collaborative (ELC) today announced two new tablet-based Pocoyo PlaySets, designed to provide fun and engaging experiences for young children as they develop English language, reading and math skills. The mission of this project is to provide preschoolers with experiences that will help close the achievement gap between economically advantaged and disadvantaged children.)--The Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network (
“Young children are born wired to learn. Over the years, we have seen the impact Pocoyo and his friends have had on helping to support the academic, social and emotional development of young children”
Featuring Pocoyo, the internationally recognized preschool character, the Pocoyo PlaySet applications were developed in partnership with Zinkia Entertainment, S. A., the creator of Pocoyo, and funded, in part, through a U. S. Department of Education Office of Innovation and Improvement Ready to Learn research grant. Currently available on tablets and mobile devices, the Pocoyo PlaySets are being developed with support of ongoing formative research conducted by the Michael Cohen Group LLC (MCG). The first two PlaySets, presented today, focus on supporting English language development and early literacy skills for preschool-age children whose primary language is Spanish.
“The Early Learning Collaborative helps extend the work of HITN by providing exciting and engaging ways for children to build the foundation they need for success through playful interaction with touchscreen media, readily available in most homes and preschool centers,” said Jose Luis Rodriguez, CEO of HITN.
“Young children are born wired to learn. Over the years, we have seen the impact Pocoyo and his friends have had on helping to support the academic, social and emotional development of young children,” said Jose Maria Castillejo President and CEO of Zinkia Entertainment.
The first two Pocoyo PlaySets, “At the Seashore” and “Things That Go,” are based on a set of research-based principles that support English language learning by engaging children in playful ways to develop vocabulary and build comprehension skills. The content of these digital media resources is enhanced by a suite of educational outreach materials and resources to help parents and teachers extend learning provided through the Pocoyo PlaySets beyond the screen.
The ongoing development of the Pocoyo PlaySets will be guided by feedback from pilot sites in New York, Alabama, Maine, Florida and California, and through ongoing formative research and summative assessment feedback from the Michael Cohen Group.