Sesame Street's Impact Lasts Through High School
The benefits of watching Sesame Street have been rigorously researched in more than 1,000 studies since the show's early years. These studies indicate that children who regularly watch the show perform better academically, reflecting what scientists call "the Sesame effect."
Sesame Street: The Importance of Early Childhood Education
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Key Facts In This Video
Before the age of 5, the brain forms as many as 700 neural connections per second. (1:02)
"The Sesame effect" refers to the fact that children who grew up watching Sesame Street tend to receive higher academic marks than those who didn't. (1:32)
Children in Bangladesh who watch Sesame Street perform 67% higher in literacy than those who don't watch it. (2:00)