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Media companies partner for bilingual early childhood ed

March 11th, 2016

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Partnership between Highlights for Children and the Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network delivers bilingual educational resources for families

Highlights for Children, a family media brand and publisher of the best-read children’s magazines in North America, and the Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network, Inc. (HITN), a U.S. Hispanic, non-commercial, Spanish-language media company delivering education programming, are launching a multi-platform partnership designed to cross language barriers and connect with families.

Working together to distribute educational dual language content, Highlights for Children and HITN will support Hispanic parents’ desire to strengthen and maintain their child’s first language as they learn English.

Increasing numbers of Hispanic families are ensuring that their children learn both Spanish and English. Furthermore, bilingualism is an early learning advantage—research continues to show that dual language learners who become fluent in two languages do better in school.

In fall 2014, Highlights launched High Five Bilingüe, the first and only magazine developed specifically for early learners (ages 2-6) to encourage Spanish bilingual language development. As part of the new partnership with HITN, co-branded High Five Bilingüe magazines will be distributed to and by partners that share Highlights and HITN’s passion for enabling dual language early childhood learning. Partners include the Abriendo Puertas, National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Programs for Parents and the National Migrant & Seasonal Head Start Association.

“When we discovered Highlights’ High Five Bilingüe magazine, we were so impressed by the quality of the content and its potential for supporting the needs of dual language learners,” said Ed Greene, vice president, partnerships and community development, HITN. “Highlights clearly shares our mission, and by combining their content with our resources and knowledge, we can support families in ways that neither one of us can do alone.”

Additionally, the partnership will provide multi-media content for kids, parents and caregivers featuring educational bilingual content provided by Highlights and produced for broadcast by HITN-TV.

Highlights and HITN will also co-produce training materials to help parents, educators and caregivers to enhance their interactions with dual language learners.

“Highlights is committed to helping dual-language children develop their native Spanish language while learning English,” said Beth Allen, vice president, partnerships and business development, Highlights for Children. “HITN shares our passion, and by partnering, we’ll be able to make an even greater impact and further help families who wish to raise children in a dual language household.”

For more information about Highlights for Children and HITN, please visit www.hitn.com and www.highlights.com.

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