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Disney Online to offer public libraries free access to Playhouse Disney Preschool Time Online

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MUMBAI: Disney Online, part of the Walt Disney Internet Group (WDIG), will offer public libraries free subscriptions to Playhouse Disney Preschool Time Online, a safe, ad-free interactive learning experience for preschoolers.

Disney Online will offer this service, normally a $49.95 annual subscription fee, beginning 24 June 2006 at the American Library Association conference.

Developed in conjunction with education experts, Playhouse Disney Preschool Time Online offers entertaining, story-driven games and activities that teach skills in crucial areas such as letter and number recognition, shape and color identification and counting.

"Librarians often play a significant role in helping preschool-age children prepare for kindergarten. Resources that support early learning are valuable and allow parents and children to work together," said Teachers College Columbia University professor and Education for the 21st Century president Renee Cherow O'Leary.

Playhouse Disney Preschool Time Online is hosted by "Bear" from Disney Channel's Bear in the Big Blue House. Bear and other Disney characters lead activities that focus on eight key skill areas including reading readiness, thinking skills, daily living skills, social skills, imagination and self-expression, motor skills and computer skills. Lessons automatically adjust to each individual child's skill level, keeping preschoolers engaged and challenged. New content is introduced every two weeks, letting each child continue to advance at his or her natural pace.

"We're very pleased to be able to offer Playhouse Disney Preschool Time Online free to public libraries. We believe the public library is a perfect fit for the fun learning offered in Preschool Time Online, especially for guests who may not have easy access to a broadband connection elsewhere," said Disney Online vice president of premium products Steve Parkis.


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