Colleges and universities face a new challenge: fewer potential students. They’ve been told for years to brace for a decline in prospective students as the number of high school grads was expected to decline. WOSU talked with some industry experts to find out how they’ve prepared to compete for scholars.
A New Tiger In The Neighborhood
Beginning Monday, September 3 WOSU TV debuts a news children’s program from the Fred Rogers Company. “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” is an animated version of Mister Rogers’ original Neighborhood of Make Believe. The neighborhood has been recreated in vibrant color and Fred Roger’s signature puppet, Daniel Striped Tiger, has been transformed into a curious and playful 4-year-old joined by his friends O the Owl, Prince Wednesday, Katerina Kittycat and Miss Elaina. Over the past several years PBS has focused kid’s programming on math, science and reading with the debuts of “Sid The Science Kid”, “Dinosaur Train” and “Super Why” . “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” focuses on school-readiness and social-emotional learning. Each preschool themed episode offers a musical strategy for children and parents or caregivers to use together. Outside of all that, it’s a cute series.
As I’ve said in the past, when we add a new program to the schedule, other programs will have to move to a different air time or possibly even go away. In this case “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” will air in the current spot now occupied by “Sid The Science Kid”. Sid will move to 11:30am to make room for Daniel at 11am. This means “Word World” is moving to 1:00pm and “Angelina Ballerina” to 1:30pm.
All your PBS Kids and PBS Kids Go programs are still there, the exception being “Clifford”. If you missing one of your favorites, don’t panic just check out http://wosu.org/2012/television/schedule/ for the most up to date program listings.
“Clifford” has been a kids favorite for years, and you may or may not be aware they have not produced any new “Clifford” episodes for several years now. As a consequence viewership has declined over the past couple of years and it’s finally time to make a change. The very popular “Cat In The Hat” series will now begin our day of children’s programming.
“Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” airs Monday through Friday at 11:00am and Sunday’s at 9:00am on WOSU TV.