What Would Fred Rogers Do?

“What would Mister Rogers do?” I asked myself, over and over again, as I stared ineptly at a classroom full of unruly eighth graders barely paying attention to anything I was teaching. It was 2003, and the fact I had just received my doctorate in child psychology merely accentuated the irony. It was also the year Fred Rogers passed away. Having...

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Can An App Help Teach Empathy and Mindfulness?

Anna Ly, one of the Fred Rogers Center’s Early Career Fellows, was working on her graduate degree at Stanford when a presentation from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center gave her a eureka moment. The center presented a prototype of a videoconferencing app they created with the Nokia Research Center called Story Visit, which lets far away parents or grandparents read “Sesame...

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This Summer, a Revised Mission for the Fred Rogers Center and for This Blog

This spring we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Fred Rogers Center. And we’ve been busy. In May we honored musician Yo-Yo Ma as the first recipient of the Fred Rogers Legacy Award. In June we hosted educators, media developers, and children’s media researchers from around the country for our biennial Fred Forward Conference, and we announced...

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What We’ve Learned From Fred Rogers

After more than 25 years at Saint Vincent College, the last four as executive director of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media, Rita Catalano will retire at the end of 2013.  In December,, a publication of Pittsburgh's Kids+Creativity Network, sat down with Catalano and Bill Isler, CEO of the Fred Rogers Company, to discuss Rogers' life and...

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Roundtable on the Science of Digital Media and Early Learning

This post orginally appeared at the Early Ed Watch and appears here with permission. With nearly 100,000 apps in the education category of the iTunes app store, and television still a huge part of children’s daily lives, the questions about how technology affects learning are more pertinent than ever.  At the New America Foundation last week, the Early Education Initiative sought...

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Imaginary Play with Technology

At the Fred Rogers Center we’re very interested in how new media tools can be used to provide professional development support for professionals who work with young children. Our latest innovation, the Fred Rogers Center Early Learning Environment™ (Ele) is designed to do just that. The web-based support system uses new media tools to provide resources for parents, teachers, and home-based...

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Fred Rogers Center at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative America

“If we don’t apply what we know to helping our kids…are we really going to be able to attain the American dream?”  With these words, Hillary Clinton set the theme of personal commitment to quality early childhood education at this year’s Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America conference. Through her Too Small to Fail partnership with Next Generation, Clinton’s leadership and engagement...

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Happy Birthday, Mister Rogers

Fred Rogers would be 85 today. For children everywhere, there were few other voices so reassuring, so warm, and so engaging. Fred Rogers' approach to children sprang from empathy and experience—he had a difficult start, but a warm and loving family allowed him to grow into a confident teen and compassionate adult. Born in spring of 1928, about a year before...

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Welcome to the Fred Rogers Center Blog

Fred Rogers had a unique understanding of young children’s sensitivities and needs as well as the challenges families and educators face.  He knew that caring adults make the difference in a child’s life.  He set the highest possible standards for his work—standards grounded in research on how children grow and develop, his own years of observing and learning from young...

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