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The mission of the Cooney Center is to advance children’s learning through digital media.

Our Mission

The Joan Ganz Cooney Center is an independent research and innovation lab that focuses on the challenges of educating children in a rapidly changing media landscape. We conduct original research on emerging education technologies and collaborate with educators and media producers to put this research into action.  

Our Legacy

In 1966, Joan Ganz Cooney and her colleagues charted new territory by harnessing the power of television to educate underserved preschoolers. Their efforts led to the creation of Sesame Street, now the single largest informal educator in the world, reaching some 100 million children and families in more than 140 … 

Our People

The Cooney Center is supported by a team of founders, staff, fellows, and advisors. While our collective expertise ranges from developmental psychology and digital media research to media production, we all share a common vision. 

Our Sponsors

The Cooney Center relies on the generosity of corporate and philanthropic sponsors who are committed to helping children reach their fullest potential through digital media.  

Our Partners

The Cooney Center engages in a broad array of partnerships that range from high-profile corporate sponsorships to research partnerships and joint prototype development. We also catalyze partnerships between key sectors by matching shared goals and through multidisciplinary convenings.  


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