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Arizona PBS, the three-channel public television network operated by Arizona State University, is creating a fourth channel to provide quality educational programming for young children. Arizona PBS Kids will operate 24 hours per day so families can view and record high-quality educational content.

Carole Basile, dean of ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, and Dean Christopher Callahan of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, wrote an op-ed for The Arizona Republic celebrating the channel’s launch. They also acknowledged the particular need for such programming in Arizona, which has a preschool attendance rate well below the national average.

They call Arizona PBS Kids “a critically important part of the mission of Arizona PBS — and Arizona State University — to create lifelong learners.”