TV Program Schedule for Homebound Students

May 18, 2020

Updated May 26, 2020

Stations WLIW21 and WLIW WORLD changed its programming schedules as of Monday, March 30 to better serve families who are homebound during the COVID-19 pandemic. On April 11, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that NYC schools will be closed for the rest of the 2019 – 2020 school year (through June 2019). The mayor and Schools Chancellor Carranza shared this message for families. We hope our programs can serve as helpful remote learning tools during this unusual time.

Monday-Friday from 6:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on WLIW21, free, over-the-air broadcasts focus on all major school subjects for K-12, drawing from WNET’s vast archive of PBS and locally produced programs as well as an hour of Regents Review and daily instructional content from WCNY’s TV Classroom series.

Monday-Friday from 12-5 p.m. on WLIW WORLD, a new educational lineup for grades 6-12 – “WORLD At Home Learning” – features the best in public media science, history and English language arts shows.

See or download the weekly schedules for these stations – plus that of NJTV Learning Live – along with helpful links to PBS learning materials on WNET Education.

Related Materials Online

Programs offered have accompanying resources for educators and families available on, including related learning assets from PBS LearningMedia, a free online service of thousands of educational resources. The resources in PBS LearningMedia, which were developed based on feedback from educators, are aligned to curriculum standards in every state and contextualized for educational use. These resources include grab-and-go activities, lesson plans, interactive lessons and media that illustrate specific topics or themes and support materials across subjects.

WNET Education also offers Spanish-language materials and resources.

WLIW21 At Home Learning K-12 Schedule

WLIW21’s K-12 educational TV lineup airs Monday-Friday from 6:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

6:30 a.m.-9 a.m.

Children’s programming from PBS KIDS, including Wild Kratts, Molly of Denali, Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum, Arthur and WNET’s Cyberchase

9 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Math, science and fitness including WCNY’s TV classroom series and PBS KIDS’ SciGirls

11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

A virtual class field trip featuring WLIW21’s own Treasures of New York series and other public television favorites that visit museums and historical sites

12 noon-1 p.m.

Regents Review

1-3 p.m.

Humanities, social studies, ELA (English Language Arts) and culture from acclaimed PBS series, including Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. about genealogy, WNET documentary series American Masters, the award-winning biography series celebrating our arts and culture; Secrets of the Dead, which explores iconic moments in history to debunk myths and shed new light on past events; Shakespeare Uncovered, which reveals the fascinating history behind Shakespeare’s greatest plays; and more

3-4 p.m.

News literacy/media studies from WLIW21’s public affairs series Amanpour and Company .


WLIW WORLD’s Grades 6-12 Home Learning Schedule

WLIW WORLD’s grades 6-12 educational TV lineup airs Monday-Friday from 12-5 p.m.

12-2 p.m.

NOVA and NATURE episodes will share this will share this two-hour science and nature block.

2-4 p.m.

History documentaries from American Experience, Ken Burns, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and more, such as The Future of America’s Past, which travels to places that define the most misunderstood parts of America’s past.

4-5 p.m.

The Shakespeare Uncovered series, episodes of THE AFRICAN AMERICANS: MANY RIVERS TO CROSS, and a documentary on John Lewis.

Where to Find WLIW21 and WORLD


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
RCN 21 shows the WLIW21 broadcast schedule. shares many broadcasts and non-broadcast series to view as video, as well as articles. will connect you to free ways to stream video on your mobile devices and OTT platforms like Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire.


OVER THE AIR Channel 21-3

VERIZON FIOS 473 shows the WLIW21 World broadcast schedule. streams select videos.