Tomorrow, the Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network (HITN) Early Learning Collaborative (ELC) launches its Pocoyo® PlaySet™ online and mobile apps, to help Hispanic preschoolers build their skills in English, reading and math. The project was funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement, with the goal of closing the achievement gap between economically advantaged and disadvantaged preschoolers.

HITN has developed the tablet-based learning tools for preschoolers starring Pocoyo, the popular animated character. Pocoyo was developed in Spain, and the program is aired in Castilian Spanish, Latin American Spanish, English and Italian. Pocoyo is a curious little 3-year old boy who, along with his animal friends, learns life lessons in nearly every episode. His popularity and high recognition with Spanish and bilingual preschoolers will no doubt attract kids and their parents to these fun learning apps.

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HITN was founded in 1981 with the goal of advancing the educational, socioeconomic and cultural goals of Hispanics. HITN-TV followed a few years later, and is the first and only non-commercial Spanish-language network in the U.S. and the only one controlled by U.S. Latinos. 

The Pocoyo® PlaySet™ apps debut Wednesday, March 20 at a special launch at the Newseum in Washington, DC. Readers can follow the launch on Twitter at @hitn_elc, hashtag #elc_launch.