Preschool Clues

For Parents, Educators & Media Pros

I know what a tough job parenting is, and how hard we are on ourselves as parents. My hope is that when you read Preschool Clues, you’ll feel a great sense of relief!

One of my main goals in this book is to prove—with research and my decades of experience—that you can stop feeling guilty about your kids’ screen time!

I want you to know that you don’t need to feel guilty about the media you feed your kids. And in fact, that you can feel great about the media choices you make for your family. I’ll even share ideas about how you can bring your preschooler’s favorite characters into daily life, and ways you can use media as another tool in your parenting tool belt! I’ve spent my life talking to preschoolers and I’m thrilled to be able to talk to adults about all that goes into each of my shows!

What People Are Saying

“Angela Santomero is a bigger showrunner than Vince Gilligan, David Milch, and Judd Apatow combined — to a kid. The creator of Blue Clues, Super Why!, Creative Galaxy — and yes, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood — is the driving force behind the best educational programming for children.”

Carlos Mejia


“Do you know what’s pretty special? Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood on PBS. So is its creator, the lovely and talented Angela Santomero, who also created Blue’s Clues – one of my all-time faves – and Super Why! She’s the queen of children’s media.”

Tim Goodman

Hollywood Reporter

“Every minute of a preschool child’s life is important. Angela designs every second of every minute of her programs to maximize positive impact. In this book, she gives us the ingredients for a most nutritious preschool media diet enriched with numerous parenting insights.”

Dr Dan Anderson

Professor Emeritus of Psychological & Brain Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Secrets to Help Your Preschooler Flourish

The award-winning creator of Blue’s Clues, Super Why!, and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood shares the secret sauce behind her shows’ powerful, transformative results in the form of eleven research-based, foundational “clues” to ensure that preschoolers flourish academically, socially, and emotionally during this critical time.

Concrete Strategies for Parents

In Preschool Clues, Angela brings parents and educators behind the scenes into her shows, revealing eleven research-based, foundational “clues” that lay the groundwork for preschoolers’ academic, social, and emotional growth. These 11 proven effective clues can be used in everyday scenarios. Clues such as:

  • Clue 1: Play opens the door to a preschooler’s world
  • Clue 2: Pausing helps preschoolers find their voice
  • Clue 3: Repetition leads to learning and mastery

From Research to Inspiration

In Preschool Clues, Angela shares the latest research from top thinkers in child development and education. Through her practical, straightforward advice and inspiring, conversational approach, you will not only understand exactly what your children are learning from the shows they watch and why these shows are so effective, you’ll know exactly how to apply these same proven approaches in your daily life and with the same powerful results.


“Preschool Clues brings great and fun parenting insights from the eyes of a thoughtful, child-centered famous TV producer.”

Geraldine Laybourne

Media Entrepreneur, Katapult Co-Founder & Oxygen Media Founder

“Angela Santomero offers the sensitivity, advice, and media savvy to help any parent make great decisions about how 21 century media impacts a child. As a parent and TV creator she lives it every day”

Jennifer Stancil

Executive Director of Educational Partnerships, WQED

“Angela Santomero has saved my butt on more than one occasion. As the creative force behind Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood she’s given me much needed ammo for potty training, calming down toddlers, getting my daughter to wait patiently, and so much more.”

Morgan Shanahan

Senior Editor, Buzzfeed

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