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EIGHT, ARIZONA PBS EXCITES KIDS ABOUT LEARNING SCIENCE AND MATH
AT TWO FREE COMMUNITY EVENTS ON APRIL 7th AND 27th

Bi-Lingual Resources from PBS show ‘PEEP and the Big Wide World!’ Also Encourage
Spanish-Speaking Families to Help Teach Youngsters at Home

PHOENIX…March 13, 2012…Kids know them as Peep, Quack, Chirp and Squeak, but these adventuresome characters on PEEP and the Big Wide World! are really bi-lingual ambassadors for making math and science learning fun. Eight, Arizona PBS will use its colorful cast of PEEP characters to reach both English- and Spanish-speaking families twice during April: Saturday, April 7 at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, and Friday, April 27 at the City of Phoenix’s annual El Dia de los Ninos. Both events are free.

PEEP and the Big Wide World! is an animated PBS series narrated by award-winning actress Joan Cusack that airs at 7:00 a.m. weekdays on Eight. Through clever use of visual humor, charming plotlines and lovable characters, the show builds on the curiosity of preschoolers to teach them simple science and math concepts. Those learning opportunities are multiplied through interactive online activities, games and music that extend the ideas from each TV story. All online PEEP resources are available in both English and Spanish.

On Saturday April 7, Eight’s Educational Outreach team partners with the Children’s Museum of Phoenix to provide families and educators with easy-to-do science and math activities using resources from the PEEP program and website peepandthebigwideworld.com. The free workshop is from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Children from birth to age five attending with parents or caregivers will participate with them in PEEP-related activities. Museum admission is free when you pre-register; space is limited. To sign up, visit tickets.childrensmuseumofphoenix.org. The museum is located in the historic Monroe School Building at 7th Street and Van Buren.

On Friday, April 27, Eight brings PEEP to the El Dia de los Ninos, sponsored by the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department’s Latino Institute. This annual event promotes the importance of literacy and education for all children with more than 50 booths providing interactive games, hands-on art activities, a reading village, live entertainment and giveaways. At Eight’s booth, kids can meet PEEP’s friend Chirp from the program, and Eight’s Educational Outreach staff will provide PEEP’s bi-lingual science and math resources to families and caregivers. The free event is from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Margaret T. Hance Park located at Second Street and Moreland. For more information, visit phoenix.gov/eldiadelosninos. See Chirp featured in this PEEP video clip, “Chirp Flies the Coop”: youtube.com/chirp.

About Eight, Arizona PBS

Eight, Arizona PBS is a trusted community resource. For 50 years, the PBS station has focused on educating children, reporting in-depth on public affairs, fostering lifelong learning and celebrating arts and culture. Eight achieves its mission through the power of noncommercial television, the Internet, educational outreach and community-based initiatives. Its signal reaches 86 percent of the homes in Arizona. With more than 1 million viewers weekly, Eight consistently ranks among the most-viewed public television stations per capita in the country. For more information, visit azpbs.org.

Eight is a member-supported service of Arizona State University.