|Peg + Cat = Hilarious Math Adventures at Last
Peg + Cat, a new animated math adventure series from The Fred Rogers Company, will premiere
on PBS on October 7, 2013. Created by Emmy-winners Jennifer Oxley and Billy Aronson, this musical,
madcap series will help children learn and apply the big ideas in mathematics. It also will model
attitudes such as curiosity and persistence that contribute to success in school and throughout life.
The program’s curriculum is grounded in principles and standards for school mathematics as
established by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Common Core State
Standards for Mathematics for kindergarten and first grade. This curriculum comes to life
through music, lovable characters, hilarious escapades, and imaginative problems that engage
children and stimulate their learning. In addition, a variety of games and apps based on the
series will extend children’s learning experiences well beyond the broadcast.
The program responds to several critical needs. It will help children begin exploring math and
get them interested in STEM as early as possible. It will help dispel the myth that success in
math requires a special “math gene.” It will broaden interest and participation in STEM
learning experiences on the part of girls and other underrepresented minorities.
The series also will be the basis for The Early Learning of Math through Media project, in which
The Fred Rogers Company will develop and implement new tools and activities for teachers
and parents. Very few preschool and early elementary teachers receive adequate training in
math concepts and pedagogy. This effort will help demystify math, improve teaching, and make
learning math a fun, everyday activity.
Peg + Cat is the latest offering from a nonprofit media production company that has been
creating programs to support children’s social, emotional, and cognitive development for 43
years, ever since the beginning of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. On Labor Day, 2012, The Fred
Rogers Company launched Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood on PBS, which has quickly become one of
the highest-rated children’s programs on television and the most watched children’s program
on streaming video online. Peg + Cat will similarly leverage The Fred Rogers Company’s
expertise and PBS’s vast broadcast, online, and outreach infrastructure.