Sesame Workshop and Ounce Partner for Family Engagement

Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, and Ounce of Prevention Fund (Ounce), are partnering on a new parent and child engagement initiative. The program is aimed to bolster parents’ understanding of the importance of early education and foster social-emotional development in their kids.

In collaboration with the National Head Start Association (NHSA), the partnership is set to develop resources for lower income communities to link experiences in the classroom with those at home in support of school readiness.

This program was announced by Secretary Hillary Clinton during the CGI America 2014 meeting, and is set to launch in early 2015 with three key components: a mobile platform with tips for parents to connect their children via media offerings such as videos and activities; a social network that will offer parent-to-parent contributions, connections, and encouragements; and a toolkit to help educators reinforce relationships and build connections between parents.

The Juno Company Releases New Book

The Juno Company recently released its latest book, The Day the Music Stopped. The 40-page, illustrated hardcover book builds on the company’s mission to inspire an appreciation for music in children. The Day the Music Stopped is based on the popular Emmy Award-winning Juno Jr. DVD of the same name.

In the book, readers go on a journey through the magical world of Harmonia Springs where everything is made out of music. Readers will learn lessons of friendships through musical concepts, and find out how to bring music back to the world.

For a limited time, The Juno Company is offering a special promotion for fans that “like” the company on Facebook. For every book purchased, the company will donate a music education DVD to a child in need. The Juno Company has also partnered with the National Head Start Association with a goal to bring the gift of music to one million children in need.

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Juno Company Announces Rising Stars National Competition

The Juno Company is launching Rising Stars Search, a national competition for children 8 years old and younger. Participating children will sing, dance, and perform to Juno Baby music for a chance to win three days and two nights in San Francisco, an appearance in an upcoming Juno Baby production, and other prizes.

The Rising Star Search is part of Juno Baby’s One for All bus tour in celebration of Juno Company’s partnership with the National Head Start Association and the One for All program. For every Juno Baby product purchased, the company will donate a music education DVD to a child in need, with the ultimate goal of distributing one million DVDs.

The One for All bus tour will include Emmy Award-winning orchestral music, meet and greet with the Juno character, photo opportunities for kids to have his or her photo taken with Juno Baby characters in their world using green-screen photo technology, and adventures with musical instruments.

Children can download Juno Baby songs and register for the event at www.junobaby.com. A list of stops on the bus tour can be found here.