Pre-K Arts Education Programs Are Highlighted on "Behind the Scenes", with James Earl Jones Made for Public Television

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The importance of cultural enrichment at a young age is explored...

In a future education themed episode of "Behind the Scenes," Tony Award winning actor James Earl Jones hosts a look at pre-k arts programs. A 1992 recipient of the National Medal of Arts, James Earl Jones has long been an advocate for the arts, and this short-form documentary will explore its importance in early childhood education in particular.

Research has increasingly shown that children who attend pre-k are better prepared to learn than their peers who did not have the benefit of early childhood education. Achievement gaps in kindergarten only widen as children age and progress through school, but pre-k and other early childhood programs have been shown to be instrumental in narrowing these gaps. The arts are considered important in pre-k education not only because they encourage self-expression and creativity, but also because their inclusion in education is closely linked to academic achievement. Education in the arts also helps children's emotional and social development so that they may be better prepared to be citizens in a cooperative society. As James Earl Jones has himself has said, "the arts have always been an important ingredient to the health of a nation."

The "Behind The Scenes" program independently creates short form documentaries which highlight a variety of themes to educate on topics impacting the United States. These segments are produced primarily for Public Television and are distributed to networks throughout America. "Behind The Scenes" also benefits from the talents of an award-winning creative team and adheres to the highest quality standards for its programming. The program has no relation to PBS, and isn't distributed by that organization or APT.


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