Gratitude and Goodness

Greetings to all of you as the first snow falls in Fred Rogers’ Neighborhood! I am delighted and very grateful to be in this new position of Interim Executive Director of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College here in Fred Rogers’ hometown of Latrobe. We continue to celebrate the 50th anniversary of...

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New Beginnings

Mid-Autumn marks the traditional time of celebrating harvests around the world. For weeks and months now, each of us at the Center has been struck by the way Fred’s legacy has borne fruit more than half a century after it had begun. Along with our “older sibling,” Fred Rogers Productions, we have supported the development of the documentary “Won’t...

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Won’t You Be Our Neighbor?

Summer is under way, and our students are on break. A gentle quietness has returned to the campus at Saint Vincent College, home of the Fred Rogers Center. It’s been a time of reflection for me as I deal with my post-cancer treatment. First, I want to give you a quick update on my health. I recently had my first...

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Happy 90th Birthday Fred Rogers

For many of our regular readers, you know that one of my favorite social media features is “On this Day,” which is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on past years with my family. Today, I get to share a significant milestone with you. On this day, March 20, 1928, Fred McFeely Rogers was born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. As arguably one...

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Staying Connected November 2017

Fall is finally upon us at the Fred Rogers Center. Over the past two months, we’ve welcomed back students, taught classes, and even inducted a new class of Fred Rogers Scholars. We are grateful to welcome Sydney Ball, Cory Holland, Lilly McCormick, and Gwendolyn Murray into our cohort group of vibrant young people studying Fred Rogers’ life and legacy, but...

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Staying Connected June 2017

Another summer is upon us and for many of us it’s the time of year for family vacations and staycations. As a child, my family did not have the luxury to travel. We often stayed home in Brooklyn, or if we saved enough, we were able to splurge and take a Greyhound bus up to Massachusetts to see family friends. But...

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Staying Connected May 2017

Typically, this spot in the newsletter is reserved to promote the work of the Center, but I wanted to make a departure and share some news about our thought leading neighbors in the Pittsburgh region. Remake Learning Days will be held May 15 through May 26, and feature more than 350 events for families and professionals to experience how learning...

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Deep and Simple Inspiration

Fred Rogers could tackle any topic brilliantly. I’m sure, unlike me, he wouldn’t have had any trouble coming up with a thoughtful newsletter greeting month after month. There is no doubt that each of his newsletters would have been meaningful and inspirational. I started thinking about where Fred may have found inspiration. Who helped stir and provoke his thoughts? One person who comes to...

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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. When Fred Rogers founded his production company, he named it Family...

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Staying Connected December 2016

I received a holiday card the other day that said “From our family to yours, we wish you … joy!” At first I was taken by the image on the card which was very funny; the person who created the card is a brilliant artist. But then I was struck by “we wish you joy.”  That small three letter word conveys...

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