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The Cooney Center concentrates its programs on three core thematic areas: Learning Together, Literacy by 10, and Playful Learning.  Learn more about our projects here.

Intergenerational Play and Literacy Learning

Intergenerational Play and Literacy Learning

Forty years of Sesame Street research has consistently demonstrated greater learning benefits when children co-view an educational television program, compared to viewing alone. Might benefits also accrue when adults and children use educational games together? Together with its partners, the Game Innovation Lab at the University of Southern California, and … 







First Book

First Book Literacy Initiative

This model development project has gone through two phases: the first, in 2009-10 examined how to deliver printed and digitally formatted books and other rich interactive educational media through existing distribution channels to low-income and minority children in the United States. The Center established a partnership with First Book, an … 







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Kids Closer Up: Case Studies of Digital Youth

Researchers from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center observed four ordinary 8-year-old girls to get a sense of what they are doing on Club Penguin, with their Nintendo DS systems, and on the Internet and why. We also asked their parents what they think their children might be learning from this … 







Giigle Study

The Internet has great potential as a source of learning for children, but search engines such as those offered by Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft were originally designed for adults. Given the growing number of young children who are using the Web, we need to understand how children approach forming queries, … 







The Digital Age Teacher Preparation Council

Digital Age Teacher Preparation Council

The Cooney Center, in collaboration with the Stanford Educational Leadership Institute,  convened a Digital Age Teacher Preparation Council, co-chaired by Linda Darling-Hammond of Stanford University and Susan Zelman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which held its first meeting at Sesame Workshop in 2010. The council’s sixteen members from academia, … 







Breakthrough Learning in a Digital Age Forum

Forty years after the “War on Poverty” and twenty-five years after “A Nation at Risk,” the Breakthrough Learning in a Digital Age Forum was convened to advance a new paradigm for learning by harnessing the largely untapped potential of digital media.  The Forum brought together 200 of the nation’s top thought leaders in …