The Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network Early Learning Collaborative is developing two new education apps featuring Zinkia Entertainment’s Pocoyo character.
Designed to help young children develop English-language, reading and math skills, the apps are being created in part through a Ready to Learn research grant from the U. S. Department of Education Office of Innovation and Improvement.
“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,” says Jose María Castillejo, co-founder, president and chairman, Zinkia. “We are excited to be part of this important work and eager to promote such positive values in what we believe will be a ground-breaking project.”
The first two Pocoyo “PlaySets”–“At the Seashore” and “Things That Go”–are based on research principles that support English-language learning by engaging children in playful ways to develop vocabulary and build comprehension skills. A suite of complementary educational resources will support the content of the apps for parents and teachers.
“At the Seashore” and “Things That Go” will be available later this year.