Author: Hedda Sharapan

Messages in the Routines

During these not-so-normal pandemic times, many of us have found that routines help us feel more comfortable. They give us some predictable structure in our lives. Daily routines are even more important for children. Fred understood that, and he intentionally structured each program with predictable routines -- opening with his song and changing into his sweater and sneakers, using the Trolley...

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A Tribute to Joanne Rogers

This month’s newsletter is a tribute to our very special “neighbor,” Joanne Rogers, who died Thursday, January 14. As the Fred Rogers Center wrote - We are heartbroken to share the news of the passing of Joanne Rogers, the widow of Fred Rogers. She was a joyful and tender-hearted spirit, whose laughter and kindness will be deeply missed. Instrumental in the development...

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A Musical Holiday Gift

With the approaching holidays, I’ve been thinking about some of the gifts that Fred has given us over the years. His messages were about things that were important to young children, but they were also important to Fred personally -- appreciating others, connecting with family and friends, and enjoying music. And I remembered a Neighborhood program when those messages came together....

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Friday the 13th

This newsletter is going out on Friday the 13th, a date that somehow became known as an “unlucky” day. But in our Neighborhood, every Friday the 13th was a “lucky” day…a “happy” day…because it was the day we celebrated the birthday of the puppet King Friday XIII! Fred always focused on the positives, and it was important to him to counter the negative...

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Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Special Helps Children with COVID-19 Concerns

In difficult times, we always heard from early childhood professionals and parents who appreciated the way Fred helped them talk with young children about their feelings and concerns. So when I heard about the August 17 premiere of a special episode of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, produced by Fred Rogers Productions in response to COVID-19, I wanted to give you a sneak peek...

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