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The truth is, although I’ve been working in children’s media for (gulp) over 20 years, I still have a million questions about what actually works for the preschool set. I was also asked once, “What have you learned from Blue’s Clues, Super Why & Daniel Tiger that helps you with being a better mom?”  I thought, what an awesome question! This blog is my search to answer those questions and share what I’ve learned over the years.

Videos

Mister Rogers’ Legacy Lives On for Today’s Kids

Angela speaks with Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson

The Power of Creative Play with Tony award nominee & pal, Johnny Tartaglia

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Creator Angela Santomero

 

Creator of “Blue’s Clues” & “Super Why!” shares how she uses creative play at home with her kids to encourage their imagination.

Fred Rogers Oral History Project – PBS

Preschool Clues for a Screen-Filled World

As a mom and a kids' show creator, I know my philosophy about kids - based on child development, education, and instructional television & media - which are sprinkled throughout each and every one of my shows, from Blue's Clues on Nickelodeon, Super Why! and Daniel...

No Screen Time Before Age 2?

Just in time, towards the end of our presidential election, our Wishenpoof Music Videos debuted this week, and as the lyrics state, “It all comes down to me, to be the best person that I can be.  I need to…Believe in Me.” It dawned on me today that these lyrics...

No screen time before age 2?

Just in time, towards the end of our presidential election, the first Wishenpoof Music Video debuted this week, and as the lyrics state, “It all comes down to me, to be the best person that I can be.  I need to…Believe in Me.” It dawned on me today that these lyrics...

Kidscreen Recap

The power that media holds is without question, but at Kidscreen Summit when nearly 2,000 attendees from more than 50 countries get together, share ideas, talk about some of the most critical issues, explore new horizons in kids' entertainment & then meet in the lobby...

A Thank You from Mister Rogers

I was going through some old bins over the weekend & came across something quite special..why it was in an old bin is another story. 20 yrs ago, I'd sent Mister Rogers some flowers and my first little puppy, Blue, to thank him for inviting me to Pittsburgh and for...

How NOT to Blog or My Month in Review

I know, I know. When you blog, 1 of the top Golden SEO Rules of Social Media is DO NOT EVER leave your post. I left my post.. as it wondered "Where is she?" in my absence. Nothing scheduled.. no new interactions to be had.. (insert maternal guilt here) Yes, we're all...

A Thank You from Mister Rogers

I was going through some old bins over the weekend & came across something quite special..why it was in an old bin is another story. 20 yrs ago, I'd sent Mister Rogers some flowers and my first little puppy, Blue, to thank him for inviting me to Pittsburgh and for...

What CAN I learn from Blue’s Clues & Super Why? Have a Strategy!

Have a strategy! In our shows we call them, ditties.  Little ditties that help us get a point across: What should you do when you are frustrated? Stop, Breathe and Think. What should you do when you need to think? Sit down in your thinking chair and think, think,...

Meet Daniel Tiger’s Miss Elaina

  Miss Elaina is an impulsive & imaginative preschooler. She has a big heart and even bigger ideas! Behind the adorable pigtails is the talented voice actor, Addison Holley. We had the opportunity to ask Miss Elaina's Addison a few questions about herself and her role...

No screen time before age 2?

Just in time, towards the end of our presidential election, the first Wishenpoof Music Video debuted this week, and as the lyrics state, “It all comes down to me, to be the best person that I can be.  I need to…Believe in Me.” It dawned on me today that these lyrics...

Keeping kids safe in the digital age

Most parents will admit a little unease about raising their child(ren) within this digital age. But sitting on the sidelines with a myriad of unanswered questions will only worsen our concerns and will leave our kids in harms way. Yet again, the answer is in...

Multilingual Power

I had spoken with Ana Flores of Spanglishbaby.com about the importance of raising multilingual children. Her passion and her expertise was quite evident.  It was also nice to see a similar philosophy between the two of us.  While my goal has been to educate children...

How to discuss Scary Events with your Child

Superheroes with the power to read, salt and pepper shakers that talk and toe tapping strategy songs are a large part of my day. They serve as a means to help preschoolers share, cooperate and enjoy their environment that they are a part of. So, how do you talk to...

6 Steps for the BEST Family Trip

Creating shows for preschoolers is my "thing". I dare say that I have a "secret sauce" that I put forth in all my shows.  This  enables me to immerse myself in this age group and create something that they will not only LOVE but learn from.  Well, I met my match when...

David Bowie and Creativity

  There's been an inevitable outpouring of love and support following the passing of the legendary David Bowie. One post in particular struck a cord for me. Samantha Schnurr wrote her eloquent story for E! about Director Cameron Crowe's 6 month long interview...

Fatherly Speaks with Angela Santomero

Thanks to my new friends at Fatherly for their latest post entitled, "The Creator of ‘Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood’ on Keeping Fred Rogers’s Message Going". I sat down last week to speak with Fatherly's Carlos Mejia about perspective, inspiration and the value of...

A World Without PBS Affects You

At the end of October 2011, I was asked to make a statement at a US Senate hearing on The Value of Public Media in Education. While 170 million Americans watch, listen to or use the services & programming of public service media each month, the importance of federal...

Kidscreen’s 20th Anniversary Trivia Challenge!

This year at Kidscreen Summit I feel like I'm back in Kansas! I've seen so many familiar faces from my travels within the kids entertainment biz. This year the summit is taking place down south in Miami, FL. Kidscreen Summit is renowned as the kids entertainment...

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