M2Moms® keynote presenter Tanya Van Court, who has led Nickelodeon’s preschool and parents online businesses, will now expand her position in the company as senior vice president and general manager of NOGGIN, ParentsConnect and Nick Jr.com. The announcement was made today by Nickelodeon Kids and Family Group’s chief operating officer, Sarah Kirshbaum Levy; and executive vice president, digital media, Steve Youngwood, whom Van Court will report to for TV and digital, respectively.  In addition to continuing to lead the company’s preschool and parents online businesses, which include NickJr.com (Playtime and Nick Jr. Parents); broadband offerings Nick Jr. Video and Nick Jr. Parents TV; NOGGIN.com; GoCityKids.com; and ParentsConnect.com, Van Court will also oversee the day-to-day management of NOGGIN, the acclaimed educational preschool network from Nickelodeon, where she will spearhead all of its marketing and creative efforts.  “Tanya’s wealth of knowledge and experience in the preschool and parenting space, and her success with our related online businesses, make her a natural to take on this expanded role,” said Levy. “We look forward to Tanya bringing this leadership to her new role atop both our preschool and parenting TV and online businesses.”  Added Youngwood, “Just as she has done within our digital portfolio, in this role she will build and advance our position in the overall preschool and parenting space. Under Tanya’s direction, Nickjr.com has upheld and grown its status as the number-one preschool destination and ParentsConnect has become the go-to site for moms and dads.”  Van Court joined Nickelodeon in 2006 as senior vice president, Preschool and Parents Online, and has led Nickelodeon to become a key player in the parents’ online space, most notably with the re-launch and expansion of ParentsConnect.com, Exclusive Presenting Sponsor for M2Moms® 2008.   She has grown the site to become one of the most influential parenting social networking sites on the web today, and has broadened its focus with new acquisitions like Babunga.com.

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