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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Staying Connected: December 2014

I can't believe it's been a year since I accepted the opportunity to be a part of the Fred Rogers Center. I am tremendously grateful to the many people who made me feel so welcomed in the Pittsburgh community as well as for the many colleagues across the country who generously provided encouragement and feedback as we've been refining our...

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Staying Connected: October 2014

Greetings from the Fred Rogers Center! We are very excited to update you on our work since our summer hiatus. Autumn is quickly transforming the landscape both outside and inside the Fred Rogers Center. For the first time, classes in the Saint Vincent College Children's Studies Minor will be taught at the Center. As I write this, our former workshop...

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Staying Connected: June 2014

It's been a very busy time at the Fred Rogers Center, with two large events taking place in a two week period. So I want to start off by thanking our team: Junlei Li, Michael Robb, Karen Struble Myers, Tanya B. Smith, Emily Uhrin, Cindy Scarpo and Theresa Noel. The amount of energy and effort they put into making these...

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Staying Connected: May 2014

It has been a busy May here at the Fred Rogers Center. We have been planning the Fred Rogers Legacy Award and the Fred Forward Conference, plus we selected our 2014 Early Career Fellows. First off, we are all very excited about the Fred Rogers Legacy Award, which is being given to Yo-Yo Ma this Friday, May 23rd. The support for...

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Staying Connected: April 2014

The Fred Forward Conference is quickly approaching, and we are excited to announce a new addition to the program, a special forum called Fred Chats. Fred Chats will serve as a platform for fresh voices, 15-25 years old, to speak to one of the many areas of talent Fred Rogers exemplified to improve the lives of children. We believe kicking...

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Staying Connected: March 2014

For many, March 20 will be celebrated as the first day of spring. For us at the Fred Rogers Center, we honor another milestone on that date, Fred Rogers' birthday. It is impossible to put into words the positive impact this unique individual's life had on countless children and families. The Fred Rogers Center strives every day to stay true...

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Staying Connected: February 2014

The deeply covered, snowy hills out my window make it hard to imagine that spring is coming soon. But it is, along with two major events for the Fred Rogers Center. On the evening of May 23, we will host the inaugural Fred Rogers Legacy Award. The Fred Rogers Legacy Award honors persons who have creatively advanced the legacy of Fred...

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