Every child has the right to survive and thrive, but for far too many children, this right is denied in the simplest of areas, particularly in the provision of clean, safe, and child-friendly water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services such as toilets.
Sesame Street is the most recent company to take steps to make things a little easier for children with special needs but there are many other companies who have also taken extraordinary steps to make life a little bit easier, a little more fun, for children with autism and other challenges.
I grew up watching you. I will never forget the letters and numbers of the day. Some of my favorite characters will always be Cookie Monster and Big Bird. I have many fond memories of Oscar being sullen and poor Snuffy needing to take his time.
Caillou. Thomas. Elmo. Dora. TV is full of characters kids love but who drive parents up the wall. These shows have their positive qualities, from teaching real educational concepts to making kids laugh like crazy.
Muppet creator Jim Henson was born on September 24, 1936. The late director, producer and writer who teamed up with Children's Television Workshop to produce Sesame Street is considered one history's greatest puppeteers.
For several years now, the most innovative programming on television has come from cable programmers, not broadcasters. Understanding that, Sesame Workshop has made a bold and creative move.
The new world of what we once called "television" is still sorting itself out, and it's a multi-front battle. Content needs to be both appealing and discoverable (hence, the draw of an iconic series like Sesame Street).
"I'd just recorded everything as far as I was concerned. It wasn't a question of taking a break or anything like that. The recording industry is not what it used to be."
Right now, no one is neglecting kids' TV -- it's all over TV, newspapers and magazine, blogs and social media. So, let's use this moment to defend media content (not just TV) that delivers flexible, proven, cost-effective, equitable and engaging teaching and learning.
Fred Rogers, the beloved creator of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, never marched in the black civil rights movement led by Martin Luther King, Jr. Although the registered Republican was far from a street protestor, Rogers eventually became a quiet advocate of racial integration.
In the whole wide world -- which, as NASA has proven, is a whole lot wider than Pluto, a Disney character who can't hold a candle to "Sesame Street" star Elmo -- nothing is sweeter than my granddaughter, Chloe.
To hear Nancy Kanter tell the story, it was her favorite part of working on Sesame Street -- being able to walk down to the stage while scenes with the Muppets were being shot .
Every parent, regardless of his or her values or disciplinary strategy, is guilty of pulling an occasional fast one, doing something a bit out of character in order to maintain their sanity throughout parenthood. And, I'm sorry to say, I'm about to expose you all -- or at least myself.
Four children are more than two handfuls but you'd never know it from watching Erin, an unflappable and energetic Emmy-winning costume designer for Sesame Street.
There have been almost too many sweet days to count for Little Big Town lately. The end of 2014 saw the release of the band's critically-acclaimed sixth studio album, Pain Killer, an invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry.