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WQED Pittsburgh brings The Cat in the Hat to Children's Hospital

November 30, 2010

George Hazimanolis

Marc Lukasiak

WQED Pittsburgh brings The Cat in the Hat to Children’s Hospital

PITTSBURGH—On Wednesday, December 1st, WQED Pittsburgh will bring The Cat in the Hat character from PBS’ newly acclaimed series (The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That!) to visit patients and families at Children’s Hospital. Making bedside visits, the Cat will have his picture taken with patients while the staff of the WQED Education Department provides educational activities and fun give-away items. Jennifer Stancil, WQED Executive Director of Educational Partnerships feels that visits like this one are simply part of WQED’s mission to serve the community.

"WQED has long been committed to bringing inspiring, high-quality educational experiences to our community – whether it’s on television, in person, or online. We’re delighted to offer a little Seussian magic to the young patients of Children’s Hospital this holiday season, and to give out some of our favorite Dr. Seuss books, activity books, and gifts."

The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That! can be seen on WQED-TV weekdays at 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and on WQED: The Create Channel, Saturdays at 7:30 a.m.

WQED Pittsburgh, honored with the 2007 and 2006 Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Award for Station Excellence, was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. The people of WQED create, produce and distribute quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within their community and around the world. WQED Pittsburgh is one of the first broadcasters in the country to be fully high-definition (HD) in its studio and field production capabilities. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQEX-TV (A ShopNBC affiliate); Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org); and The WQED Education Department.

THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT! was created in response to recent findings that children graduating from kindergarten are less prepared to learn about science than about other subjects. The series supports young children’s science learning by introducing scientific inquiry skills, teaching core science concepts and vocabulary, and preparing preschoolers for kindergarten and first grade science curriculum — all in whimsical style.
A team of science and early childhood experts developed the curriculum for the first season’s 40 episodes, each of which begins with a question posed by Sally or Nick. Although the Cat knows a lot of things, his insatiable curiosity to learn more about the world leads to adventures with Sally and Nick in his one-of-a-kind Thinga-ma-jigger, a marvelously Seuss-ian contraption that sprouts wings, pontoons, booster rockets, skis, and just about anything else needed to find the answer. The inquisitive gang travels to the bottom of the sea to observe giant sea worms, zips to the rain forest to visit animals living in Kapok trees, and shrinks to bee-size to visit a hive and learn how honey is made. Guided by the Cat, the kids figure things out by observing, collecting and managing clues, making connections, constructing and evaluating theories, and having discussions -- all in a preschool-appropriate manner.
Produced by Portfolio Entertainment Inc. and Collingwood O’Hare Productions, in association with Dr. Seuss Enterprises, Random House Children’s Entertainment, Treehouse, and PBS Kids, THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT! is based on Random House’s best selling Beginner Book collection, “The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library.”

To supplement the TV series’ lessons, an activity-filled website will encourage kids to participate in character-driven exploration of science concepts on PBSKIDS.org. Additional parent and teacher resources will also be available on PBS Parents (PBSPARENTS.org) and PBS Teachers (PBSTEACHERS.org) sites. These sites will feature resources, tools, and ideas, including example questions parents can use to help engage children as they explore the ideas sparked by the series.

Random House Children’s Books has announced a full line of TV series tie-in books. NCircle Entertainment will distribute a full line of DVDs in the United States and Canada.

San Francisco public television station KQED-TV is the national presenting station for THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT!

Renowned for its outstanding clinical services, research programs and medical education, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC has helped establish the standards of excellence in pediatric care. From ambulatory care to transplantation and cardiac care, talented and committed pediatric experts care for infants, children and adolescents who make more than one million visits to Children¹s and its many neighborhood locations each year.

Children’s also has been named consistently to several elite lists of pediatric health care facilities, including ranking 10th among children¹s hospitals (FY 2008) in funding provided by the National Institutes of Health, and is one of only eight hospitals in the country named to U.S. News & World Report’s honor roll of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals.”

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