Strengthening Social Skills

“Kindergarten Social Skills Hold Key to Success.” That was the headline for a USA Today article a while ago about a 20-year study published in the American Journal of Public Health which followed more than 750 children. The researchers found that kindergarteners with the highest scores on “social competence” were more likely to graduate high school on time, earn a...

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Fred Rogers’ Approach to STEAM

It seems that most people associate Fred Rogers’ work with social-emotional development, but I think of it more as dealing with the whole child -- or should I say “the whole neighborhood,” including people, nature and things.  In fact, I would often say that Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood offered three basic messages: “helping children feel good about themselves, get along with...

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Staying Connected and Welcoming Spring

Greetings from the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media. There are beginning signs of spring as the snow and ice melts around us. Spring brings a period of regrowth to dormant trees, plants, and shrubs surrounding the Center and a steady continued growth to the evergreens outside our windows. Our “evergreen” activities at the Center are thriving...

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