Staying Connected April 2016

Spring has finally arrived in Latrobe, which puts a smile on my face and at the same time makes me realize how quickly the year is moving. Our Simple Interactions initiative is continuing to expand through collaborations with the Child Life Department at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh as well as Allies for Children, who is working with the city of...

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Staying Connected February 2016

There has been much talk lately about the issue of the digital divide and equity. Recently, The New York Times published an article,  Bridging a Digital Divide That Leaves Schoolchildren Behind, about how some school children are being left behind due to their lack of access to internet at home, which is needed to complete assignments. Kids are forced to stand outside...

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Staying Connected December 2015

The end of the year always feels like a whirlwind. Between November and December, we've been busy with presentations at the annual National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference, Dr. Junlei Li's visit to China to provide professional development on the Simple Interactions approach, and connecting with our partners on a recent trip to the TEC Center at...

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Staying Connected: November 2015

I just got off of a call with Dr. Chip Donohue of the TEC Center at Erikson Institute, and Dr. Kathleen Paciga, our Early Career Research Fellow, regarding progress on our report on digital media and social emotional development. Though we are still early in the stages, I can see that this report is more relevant than ever as we...

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Staying Connected: October 2015

Throughout my life I have been very fortunate to be at the right place at the right time. I will say it again as I raise two young children and have the incredible good fortune to work at the Fred Rogers Center. You can't help but feel inspired by Fred's words and actions. Working with and meeting some of the most...

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Staying Connected: June 2015

Despite classes being out, June has been a remarkably busy month for us. Our Center's Co-Director, Dr. Junlei Li, spent the early part of this month in China building a partnership with the China Welfare Institute at the Soong Ching Ling Child Development Center. Through this collaboration, Junlei will integrate his Simple Interactions approach to support child development in urban and rural China. The programmatic work will...

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Staying Connected: May 2015

As you take a deep dive into the Fred Rogers Archive, one thing becomes apparent—the power of human connection was very important to Fred. Fred Rogers Center Co-director Junlei Li, Ph.D., has written about the importance of relationships in the past, and has partnered with organizations in Pittsburgh to create a professional development tool to identify simple interactions and grow them...

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Staying Connected: April 2015

Spring has finally arrived here at the Fred Rogers Center, and with it Month of the Young Child and a wonderful new partnership. We are very pleased to announce that we will be joining with the TEC Center at Erikson Institute to release an inaugural report on technology and interactive media for young children. The technology and interactive media report will build on the recommendations of the...

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Staying Connected: March 2015

As we celebrate the birth of Fred Rogers on March 20, it is very easy to understand why people would remember a beloved television icon, but his birthday is also cause to celebrate his devotion to the well-being of children. He was interested in the inner life of the child long before he realized his dream of creating a television program. While Fred was a student...

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Staying Connected: February 2015

I often tell visitors to the Center that our greatest asset is having the Fred Rogers Archive. The Archive is what guides us in everything we develop, and how we approach complex issues before us. Our other tremendous strength is being based at a small liberal arts institution, Saint Vincent College, with students who are actively engaged and interested in carrying on Fred's legacy through their...

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