8 Educational Preschool Shows Featuring Black Lead Characters

Representation in media is important especially for early childhood development. Experts say that a lack of representation in media can negatively impact the self-esteem of young children. These 8 shows featuring Black lead characters are designed specifically for young viewers and offer highly educational content.

Gracie’s Corner

Gracie’s Corner is a YouTube channel for kids. It provides a combination of educational, fun, and encouraging songs for children from diverse backgrounds. Come sing and dance with Gracie as she takes a fun imaginary journey with family and friends!

Where to Watch: YouTube

It’s Cody Time

Join Cody Green – the little kid with a big imagination and an even bigger heart – in this spinoff series set in the familiar, beloved community of CoComelon!

Where to Watch: YouTube

Circle Time With Ms. Monica

Monica J Sutton is an early childhood educator and child behavior specialist who’s created an online community of parents with young children. She teaches young children both in her virtual classroom and worldwide through her FREE Circle Time Videos on YouTube.

Where to Watch: YouTube

Tab Time

Tabitha Brown, or “Ms. Tab,” taps into her natural capabilities as a cook, storyteller, mom, and motivational leader to teach children how to live their best life; children can learn with Super Cool Experts (celebrity guests) in Tab’s Lab as well as complete crafts with DJ Khrafty.

Where to Watch: YouTube

Akili and Me

Akili is a curious 4-year-old and she has a secret: every night when she falls asleep, she enters the magical world of Lala Land, where she and her animal friends learn all about language, letters, numbers and art, while developing kindness and coming to grips with their emotions and rapidly changing toddler lives!

Where to Watch: YouTube

Doc McStuffins

A magical animated series about a six-year-old girl, Doc McStuffins, who has the ability to talk to and heal toys and stuffed animals. With the help of her stuffed animal friends, Doc runs a clinic for toys in her playhouse. The series emphasises the importance of lending a helping hand, or paw, when people and toys need it most.

Where to Watch: Disney+

Motown Magic

Imaginative boy Ben transforms his city by bringing colorful street art to life, armed with a magic paintbrush — and the classic sounds of Motown.

Where to Watch: Netflix

Ada Twist Scientist

Pint-sized scientist Ada Twist and her two best friends are asking big questions — and working together to discover the truth about everything!

Where to Watch: Netflix


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