35mm color film negative; folder 02-05, neg sleeve 125053-3C30, neg 32; Life Magazine shoot: Dominoes. Close-up of Fred Rogers' sneakers behind a collapsed domino design of a rainbow on the set of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

Creation Station

I recently talked with a teacher who was excited about a new learning center that she set up for the children. She called it the “Creation Station” and stocked it with donations from families of recyclable “stuff,” like boxes, egg cartons, packing material, plastic containers, and paper towel tubes. With the addition of things like tape and markers, all the...

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Who Is Talking to Our Children

As with most people and organizations, January starts with a flurry of activities as we strive to achieve our resolutions for the New Year. At the Center, our work has primarily focused on professional development and academics. This year we will begin to take steps to reaching an important audience directly, families. [q_button type='transparent_button' size='medium' text='View the PDF' icon_pack='font_awesome' fa_icon='' fe_icon='' icon_color='' link='/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/January-2017.pdf' target='_self'...

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Happy Friday 13th!

This newsletter is going out on Friday the 13th, a date that somehow became known as an “unlucky” day.  But in our Neighborhood, it was always a “lucky” day…a “happy” day…because it was the day we celebrated the birthday of the puppet King Friday XIII! [q_button type='transparent_button' size='medium' text='View the PDF' icon_pack='font_awesome' fa_icon='' fe_icon='' icon_color='' link='/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/January-2017.pdf' target='_self' color='' hover_color='' background_color='' hover_background_color='' border_color=''...

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A Musical Holiday Gift

With the approaching holidays, I’ve been thinking about some of the gifts that Fred has given us over the years. His messages were about things that were important to young children, but they were also important to Fred personally -- appreciating others, connecting with family and friends, and enjoying music. And I remembered a Neighborhood program when those messages came...

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Staying Connected November 2016

The roots of Thanksgiving are based on the celebration of a bountiful harvest. Although most families don’t farm anymore, they do harvest --  figuratively. We do our best to nourish and care for our children. We worry about them, rejoice in their achievements, and with a little bit of luck, our children become confident, competent, and caring human beings.  I...

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Staying Connected September 2016

Welcome back to the Fred Rogers Center Newsletter as we return from our summer hiatus. Over the past two weeks the Center has been abuzz, welcoming more than 100 students for course work, research, and scholarship opportunities. It was a busy summer with many opportunities to connect with providers and policy makers. Dr. Junlei Li provided the plenary speech at the 2016...

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STEAM for All Ages, even infants and toddlers!

I recently had a great opportunity to watch a scientist at work. She was studying an empty plastic water bottle, turning it over and over, staring at it, squeezing it – and then she let it drop from her highchair, studying the effect of gravity. And yes, she was just 11 months old! [q_button type='transparent_button' size='medium' text='View the PDF' icon_pack='font_awesome' fa_icon='' fe_icon=''...

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