Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street? I want to be there on November 10 to celebrate 50 years of impactful educational programming on television’s longest-running children’s show.
For many of us, Sesame Street was our first and only foray into educational programming. Producers and researchers collaborated, steeping the show in the science of early childhood development and behavioral psychology. This innovative approach resulted in kids who watched Sesame Street doing better in school, especially for kids who watched during the early decades when there was little else that competed to provide academic content.
While Sesame Street has evolved to reflect changes in American culture and changing times, the academic knowledge and skills and social-emotional content we want to impart to our preschoolers remains the same after 50 years!
- Watching the animation of C words with visuals and pronunciation is more exciting knowing it comes from a letter written by a crazy cat.
- Singing “It’s Not Easy Being Green” with Kermit inspires acceptance of who we are and the social-emotional aspects of self-confidence.
- Mimicking Count von Count tallying telephone rings makes numeracy fun! MWAH HA HA HA HA HAAAA!!!
Walking down Sesame Street’s memory lane reiterates the importance of teaching and reinforcing early education lessons and niceties conveyed in that fun, fictional world. While we cannot yet promise a magic carpet ride, with a strong education foundation we can ensure every door will open wide so all children have a future where the air is sweet.
Christy Hovanetz, Ph.D.
Senior Policy Fellow
P.S. Everyone has a Sesame Street character that matches their personality. Find your Sesame Street match with the most sensational, inspirational, celebrational, Sesame Street character quiz you will ever take.
P.P.S. I found out I’m green and it’ll do fine.
Christy Hovanetz, Ph.D., is a Senior Policy Fellow for ExcelinEd focusing on school accountability policies and a lifelong fan of Sesame Street.
About the author
Christy Hovanetz, Ph.D.
Christy Hovanetz is a Senior Policy Fellow for ExcelinEd focusing on school accountability policies. Dr. Hovanetz served as the Assistant Commissioner at the Minnesota Department of Education and Assistant Deputy Commissioner at the Florida Department of Education. She has worked in education policy for the state of Florida since 1999 serving as the Director of Evaluation and Reporting, Director of Reading First and a Policy Analyst for Governor Jeb Bush. She graduated summa cum laude from St. Cloud State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education with a minor in mathematics and is a certified teacher in the state of Minnesota. She earned her Masters of Public Administration at the University of Minnesota and a Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration and Policy at Florida State University.