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Dream A World Education Honored with Academics’ Choice Award

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Dream A World Education®, a Los Angeles-based non-profit that delivers virtual and in-classroom arts-based social-emotional learning to young children, announced that their Secrets of the Heart™ TV program has been honored with an Academics' Choice Award. The independent Academics' Choice Awards program and its seal of excellence are recognized worldwide by consumers and educational institutions as a mark of genuinely effective learning tools that stimulate the mind and provide potential for the student to fully develop higher order thinking skills.

Secrets of the Heart™ TV is an award-winning, web-based interactive learning platform for ages 4-8 that takes children on a journey of self-discovery as they learn to explore arts skills, world culture, diversity and the universal values that live within them. Children, families and teachers receive weekly lessons delivered by a diverse team of professional artists and animated characters who teach music, dance, theatre, drumming, puppetry, American Sign Language and more, with materials available in English and Spanish.

Secrets of the Heart TV has been released at a critical time to support the social-emotional learning for young children who have been negatively impacted during the pandemic. Due to COVID, millions of children have been disconnected from in-person education, which has had a pronounced impact on their mental wellbeing.

Dream A World Education focuses its attention on helping underserved communities, creating engaging programming to support young children and providing an avenue to empower them via self-expression through the arts. Since the pandemic began, Dream A World has started running virtual classroom programs across the United States, from California to Tennessee, and abroad in Hong Kong. All proceeds from Secrets of the Heart TV goes towards programming for underserved communities.

Grammy® Award-winning songwriter Bunny Hull is the founder of Dream A World Education®, serving over 40,000 families since 2008. The organization's mission is to offer underserved communities a lifeline to the empowering world of creativity, by providing transformative arts education programs to in-need communities, with programming that addresses the whole child. The Ripple Effect, a documentary short about the organization's work, garnered an Emmy® Award nomination in 2018.

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Since 2008 Dream A World Education®, Inc. has delivered arts-based, social-emotional learning to over 40,000 families and children in early elementary grade levels, in underserved public schools across Los Angeles. Dream A World Education makes a meaningful difference in early childhood development through Secrets of the Heart™ enrichment programs designed to teach social-emotional learning and cultural diversity with exemplary arts programming. Through Secrets of the Heart school residencies and web-based Secrets of the Heart TV, our original and continuing goal is to reach primary schoolchildren everywhere, especially those in underserved schools and in low-income communities.

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Academics' Choice helps consumers find exceptional brain-boosting material. Academics' Choice is the only international awards program designed to bring increased recognition to publishers, manufacturers, independent authors and developers that aim to stimulate cognitive development. A volunteer panel of product-appropriate judges, including parents, educators, scientists, artists, doctors, nurses, librarians, students and children, evaluate submissions based on educational benefits such as higher-order thinking skills, character building, creative play, durability and originality. Only the genuine "mind-builders" are recognized with the coveted Academics' Choice Award.


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Pandemic Pushes L.A. Arts Nonprofit, Dream A World Education, from Classroom to Television

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Dream A World Education, an LAUSD and Hawthorne School District provider of arts and social-emotional education working in areas of extreme poverty, has turned school closures into an opportunity to move their artists from classrooms to television and virtual recyclable programming.

This will fill a need beginning April 20 when students are depending on learning delivered into homes from now until the end of the school year. They are working with their 11 partner schools and teachers to make this happen.

"Beyond the need for the continuation of their academic education, there's a need for children's mental and emotional health that needs to be met, especially in the communities we serve," says Bunny Hull, Dream A World Education's Founder and Executive Director. "There's also a need for us to continue to support our artists who have been hard hit by this."

Secrets of the Heart TV features core national standards-based educational content which provides arts, language, culture and social-emotional learning for children 4-8. It's delivered by professional working artists, multicultural Teaching Artists, who have been left scrambling for work and have moved seamlessly from classroom to screen. This is programming that's not Wifi dependent for the 700,000 families across L.A. County who have no connection to the internet.

Episodes of Secrets of the Heart TV will be broadcast in Los Angeles starting April 20 on LA36 public access television, and through YouTube on their website. These are reusable tools that Dream A World Education is offering not only to the 4,000 students they normally serve, but making it available to anyone who can benefit. They are looking for additional television partners nationwide.

This is FREE programming which provides meaningful experiences and discussions to children and families at home. There is a lesson plan attached to each video, in English and Spanish. LA36 will air episodes multiple times a week beginning Monday, April 20, the official launch day.

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Dream A World Education is a 501(c)(3) which provides enrichment programs for children 4-8 and their families who live in poverty in Los Angeles. Bunny Hull founded Dream A World Education in 2008 after a long career in the arts as a professional dancer, Grammy Award-winning songwriter, singer, and award-winning children's author. "The Ripple Effect," a documentary short about the organization's work garnered an Emmy(R) nomination and a Global Impact Award in Washington, D.C. in 2019.

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