AfterSchool Superstars: Instructional Programs for Grades Pre-K to 5

September 28, 2021
A young Black girl, shown from the waist up, smiles at the camera. She has bangs and two big, curly pigtails on either side of her head. She is wearing a lavender t-shirt and is standing in front of a window with sheer white curtains.

AFTERSCHOOL SUPERSTARS host Charlotte

The WNET Group is launching a new afterschool programming lineup featuring public television programs that support student learning while having a blast! Building on fan favorites like Let’s Learn, AFTERSCHOOL SUPERSTARS offers fun and engaging educational programs for students in pre-K through fifth grade.

The AFTERSCHOOL SUPERSTARS programs air Monday through Friday on THIRTEEN’s sibling station WLIW21 from 3– 5 p.m. beginning October 4, 2021, and feature literacy, math, social-emotional learning, art, and science content. In addition to the broadcast livestream at wliw.org/live, the programs will stream online for educators, families, and students on-demand at thirteen.org/afterschool.

These programs are perfect for families to watch at home or for educators to use in their classrooms, to introduce and solidify academic concepts, supplement classroom or extracurricular lessons, and encourage students’ individual interests and curiosity.

Read on to learn about the new programs that will premiere in Fall 2021, with more to be added in 2022, and be sure to tune in to AFTERSCHOOL SUPERSTARS (see channels for WLIW, below)

Let’s Learn (Grades Pre-K-2)

Weekdays at 4 p.m.
Let's Learn NYC

Let’s Learn helps children ages 3-8 keep learning from home! Focusing on foundational reading and writing skills, literacy, math, science, social studies and the arts, the series also supports social emotional learning and brings viewers on virtual field trips to see dance performances, meet animals, visit botanical gardens and more. Stream Let’s Learn episodes.

Wimee’s Words (Grades PreK-K)

Monday – Thursday at 3 p.m.
Wimee's Words Wordplay, songs, stories, and more!

Wimee is a fun lovable robot that inspires kids to learn through creativity. Preschoolers and kindergarteners join Wimee and friends for wacky wordplay, silly songs, and playful conversation in an interactive literacy show that features real kids. Stream Wimee’s Words episodes.

Curious Crew (grades K-5)

Monday – Thursday at 3:30 p.m.
A smiling male teacher in a shirt and tie holds a beaker filled with blue water. He stands behind a long desk with five other beakers with blue, green yellow, red, and purple water, and some bottles of food coloring. Behind him is a screen with a Zoom image of six students, a boy and five girls, wearing matching blue shirts.

Inquisitive kids join Dr. Rob Stephenson to take a hands-on approach to scientific exploration in Emmy Award-winning Curious Crew! Each episode features a cast of real kids working with Dr. Rob to discover elements of science through experiments, information about STEM, and more. Stream Curious Crew episodes.

Kid Stew (Grades K-5)

Fridays at 3 p.m.
James Patterson's Kid Stew

Here comes a fast-paced series that’s by kids, about kids and for kids – and filled with plenty of laughs! Kid Stew inspires and enlightens kids of all ages to learn more about books, music, the arts and science. Stream Kid Stew episodes.

Into the Outdoors (Grades K-5)

Fridays at 3:30 p.m.
A wooded scene with water and mountains with the words Into the Outdoors

Part science lesson and part travelogue, this show features young explorers learning about energy conservation and the science behind maintaining a healthy planet. Into the Outdoors aims to get kids to want to go outside to explore, discover and understand the natural world around them.

PBS LearningMedia (Grades preK-12)

For more free resources for learners of all ages, check out standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more on PBS LearningMedia. 


How to Watch WLIW21

Livestream broadcasts of WLIW21 at wliw.org/live on any internet-connected device. Tune-in via broadcast channel with the following providers:

SPECTRUM (NY) 21, 1222; (MOUNT VERNON) 12, 1222; (NJ) 3, 1222;
COMCAST (LONG HILL) 17, 793; (UNION, MEADOWLANDS) 21, 793; (JERSEY CITY) 53, 793; CARMEL,HERITAGE HILLS) 99
OPTIMUM 21
VERIZON FIOS 21, 521
DIRECTV 21
DISH NETWORK 21
RCN 21

See the full WLIW21 broadcast schedule.