PBS is launching a 24/7 children's service, including a new TV channel and live streaming via digital platforms, later this year.

The intention is to make it easy for little ones to watch their favorite series during primetime and other after-school hours when viewing among families is high.

"Parents know that PBS Kids makes a difference in their children's lives, which is why so many have said they would value having access to our content throughout the day. Television continues to be the most widely used platform for children's educational content, especially among low-income families," PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger said in a statement Tuesday.

"The new PBS Kids 24/7 channel and live stream offered by local member stations ensure that educational media is available to all families, all the time and via a platform that works for them. Given that 54 percent of all children nationwide do not have the opportunity to attend preschool, providing access is a critical element of our public-service mission."

Among the programs that will be available are "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood," "Dinosaur Train," "Odd Squad," "Wild Kratts" and "Ready Jet Go!"