Preschool Clues

Preschool Clues Parenting Santomero

Preschool Clues

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

“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

About the Book

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.

Preschool Clues for Successful Kids

The preschool years—when children are between the ages of two and five—are the most influential, important years in a child’s life. Studies show that pausing to interact, playing to solve problems, diffusing with humor, and using repetition are the hidden clues conscious parents use to raise successful kids and help them learn critical thinking skills, foster empathy, and nurture their sense of self-worth.

Concrete Strategies for Parents

Angela C. Santomero, MA, the award-winning creator of children’s television phenomena knows this better than anyone and has spent decades working to instill confidence in her young viewers. In Preschool Clues, she breaks down the philosophy behind her shows—educating, inspiring, and empowering kids—into concrete strategies that parents and educators can incorporate into their family and classroom to set their preschoolers up for success.

Angela shares these strategies and more:

  • Intentionally pausing to foster bonding, independence, and resilience
  • Developing empathy and confidence through soliciting preschoolers’ help
  • Becoming “fluent” in the language of preschoolers: Play
  • Igniting your preschooler’s curiosity
  • Being an involved co-player everyday
  • Designing a healthy media diet

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.