CBC, in light of the closures of schools and daycares across Canada due to COVID-19, is making more content available for children and their caregivers via many of the public broadcaster’s platforms.
The free streaming service CBC Gem is now offering more than 300 hours of ad-free programming for children of all ages, including CBC Kids original productions such as the preschool 3D-animated action series Kingdom Force, the action-adventure comedy Molly of Denali, the sci-fi enviro-drama series Endlings and the first original scripted kids’ series for CBC Gem, Detention Adventure. Also available for tweens is the first season of Find Me in Paris, with season two launching on April 5.
CBC has also made access to Curio.ca, an ad-free platform available in English in French, free across Canada. The platform provides students, parents and educators with streaming access to educational content for primary through post-secondary levels from CBC and Radio-Canada.
Further, CBC Kids programming has been extended by an hour on weekdays, with content for preschoolers aged 2 to 6 now airing on CBC from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. CBC Kids mainstay STUDIO K, CBC Kids News and the weekly news show RECAP will continue to operate remotely. CBCKids.ca is offering hundreds of free games, videos and articles with activities for kids ages 4 to 10, while CBCParents.ca is offering lifestyle and wellness content for parents. CBC Podcasts, home to content for kids of all ages, will continue to make episodes available.