Digital Media & Learning Resources
The Fred Rogers Center supports the fields of child development, early education, and children’s media through research and reporting efforts on critical issues. Our reports provide needed context to discussions about life in the digital age, and the role of technology in homes and classrooms. Here are some selected resources.
Checklist for Identifying Exemplary Uses (PDF)
The Pennsylvania Digital Media Literacy Project – 2014
NAEYC-FRC Position Statement (PDF)
A joint position statement issued by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College – 2012
Technology in the Lives of Educators and Early Childhood Programs (PDF)
Ellen Wartella, Ph.D., Courtney K. Blackwell, Ed.M., Alexis R. Lauricella, Ph.D., and Michael B. Robb, Ph.D. – 2013
Technology in the Lives of Educators and Early Childhood Programs: Trends in Access, Use, and Professional Development from 2012 to 2014 (PDF)
Courtney K. Blackwell, Ph.D., Ellen Wartella, Ph.D., Alexis R. Lauricella, Ph.D., and Michael B. Robb, Ph.D. – 2015
Carrying Fred Rogers’ Legacy Forward in the Digital Age. Paciga, K.A., Donohue, C.D., Struble Myers, K., Fernandes, R., & Li, J. (2017). Fred Forward Symposium Proceedings, May 14, 2017. Latrobe, PA: Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College.
The Fred Rogers Center creates videos that highlight the intersections of child development and media, and the power of human interactions.
Using Technology Tools
Using Technology Tools (PDF)
Talking With Babies
Reflecting on the Position Statement 5 Years Later
The Fred Rogers Center creates mobile apps that recognize the importance of early literacy and healthy social and emotional development for young children, as well as the importance of positive engagement, conversation, and social interaction between parents, teachers, caregivers, and children.
Greetings from the Gloop family! Alien Assignment is a fun game that encourages problem solving and discovery. The Gloop family’s spaceship has crashed and they need your help to repair their spaceship! Take pictures of your world to help the spaceship computer remember how to fix the ship and fly this lovable family of aliens back to their home planet. Follow a simple Scavenger Hunt and snap photos of everyday items using the camera on your mobile device. Listen closely as Gleep and Glop give you fun clues that will have you up on your feet and searching for that perfect item to photograph. Then, review your photos with a grown-up to fix broken parts of the spaceship with each picture! Have fun!
Alien Assignment provides a lot of chances for adults and children to play together. When children show-off their photos or hand the phone to their grown-up, adults can use that moment as a chance to talk about what their children took photographs of, and why. You may be surprised by some of the creative answers!
Developed by Fred Rogers Center Early Career Fellow Craig Schatten
ChromaKids invites young children to become storytellers! Discover an interactive artistic experience for children ages three and older.
ChromaKids ignites fun and excitement in a creative and collaborative exchange of stories. Storytellers are invited to develop a story by creating a picture using drawing tools and stickers. They can record themselves telling a story that goes with the illustration.
The illustration and recording can be shared with buddies. Buddies who receive drawings and recordings can add to the drawing and record their own part of the story. The buddy can then send it back to the original creator.
Developed by Fred Rogers Center Early Career Fellow Brian Puerling.
Everyday Grooves are musical alarms that help to establish routines and structure in the everyday lives of parents and young children for daily events such as reading, brushing teeth, and getting dressed.
Using Everyday Grooves is simple—the app helps users set up musical prompts throughout the day to help children transition to new activities. When the alarm goes off, turn the volume up so your child can hear and sing along. Or, just play the songs when it is convenient for you!
Twelve songs are included for these everyday routines: Wake Up!; Brush Your Teeth!; Get Dressed; Get Ready, Let’s Go; Let’s Read!; Love You!; Clean Up; Say Goodbye; I’m Thankful; Let’s Eat!; Bath Time!; and Let’s Rest.
Developed by Fred Rogers Center Early Career Fellow Adam Blau.
Nina & Peanut
Meet four-year old Nina and her best friend Peanut! Nina & Peanut: Make the Animal Sounds is an interactive storybook that can help young children develop English and Spanish vocabulary. Nina is visiting her grandparents’ ranch where everyone speaks Spanish, including the animals. Nina needs your help to learn all the animal sounds in Spanish!
Read with your child and help her recognize the animals on a ranch and how to make their sounds in Spanish. Children can participate by recording and playing their own animal sounds to call the animals! Learning about sounds in different languages is a unique way to introduce children to bilingual language learning.
Developed by Fred Rogers Center Early Career Fellow Belinda Arredondo.
Museum Mix-Up is a game for children ages four and older and their caregivers to play together to re-create and discover great works of art. Children help sort a mixed-up delivery to the museum by following clues to take photos, make videos and record silly sounds, unlocking beautiful paintings and sculptures from museums in the United States
Children and parents can have a great time playing Museum Mix Up anytime, but playing can also be great way to prepare for a visit to a museum. The app also supports early literacy skills by promoting dialogue around artwork.
Developed by Fred Rogers Center Early Career Fellow Gavin Pouliot.