Mission

About Fred Rogers

The Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media honors and builds upon the legacy of the beloved creator and host of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.  Fred Rogers was known for his creativity, kindness, spirituality, and commitment to the well-being of children.  Lovingly called “America’s favorite neighbor,” he used his many diverse talents to inspire, nurture, and educate.

Not only was Fred Rogers a pioneer in children’s media, but he also was an artist, minister, composer and musician, environmentalist, and advocate for children and families.  With his gentle, unassuming manner, he made a profound impression on everyone he encountered.

Based on materials in the Fred Rogers Archive, and drawing from the Rogers Center publication, The Wonder of It All:  Fred Rogers and the Story of an Icon, by Margaret Mary Kimmel, Ph.D. and Mark Collins, the excerpts from an essay by Maxwell King, Fred Rogers Center Senior Fellow, tell Fred Rogers’ story.

Growing Up In Latrobe

Early Years in Television

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood…and Beyond

The Legacy of Fred Rogers

Additional information on Fred Rogers’ life and career is provided on the website of The Fred Rogers Company.