Horizon TVExcessive screen time (in front of the television or the computer/device) is never recommended for people of any age. But the vast number of viewing choices for children, especially those of preschool age, can make it challenging for parents to identify the shows that make the most of a child’s time.

In March 2013, Thomas Fordham Institute assessed children’s shows according to criteria like the shows’ engagement, educational benefit and entertainment value. A number of widely seen series (either broadcast or available via Netflix) made the short list of best shows:

  • For 2- and 3-year-olds, Fordham’s list includes Kipper, Wonder Pets!, Curious George, and the long-running favorite Blue’s Clues.
  • For 4- and 5-year olds, the choices include Backyardigans, Wild Kratts, Dinosaur Train and Arthur.

Of course, the “best” shows for children don’t always correlate with kids’ “favorite” shows. If your preschool child prefers to watch shows that feature graphic violence or other age-inappropriate “action,” you may have to put your foot down.

A well-rounded schedule

Key to developing a schedule of healthy viewing habits is giving children other options to entertain and engage. At Horizon Education Centers, preschool and afterschool programs get children away from the screen and interacting with each other in fun, fulfilling ways.

Quality child care from Horizon Education Centers is available for families of all descriptions and income levels. And with locations in Lorain, Elyria, North Olmsted and North Ridgeville, you’re never too far from daycare and child development support that can make a difference in your child’s life.