PBS Kids is premiering a new animated show for preschoolers this fall, Peg + Cat. Partnering is the Fred Rogers Co., which also helped bring Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood to little viewers last year. Co-creators are Billy Aronson (Postcards from Buster) and Jennifer Oxley (The Wonder Pets!).
In the daily program, a little girl named Peg and her sidekick, Cat, "embark on adventures and learn foundational math concepts and skills," PBS said Monday in the show's announcement at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif. The two encounter problems requiring math and problem-solving skills to get through.
Lesli Rotenberg, general manager of children’s programming for PBS, said the math-oriented program complements other series in the network's lineup, such as The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That, which teaches natural science, and Curious George, which focuses on engineering.
Funding for Peg + Cat comes from the U.S. Department of Education through the Ready to Learn initiative, and CPB.