Don’t Forget The Fun

In the midst of all we’ve been going through in this pandemic time, I’ve thought about something that Helen Ross, a noted children and family mental health specialist, told Fred. As he was working on Neighborhood scripts which often dealt with serious childhood concerns like feeling jealous, angry or afraid, she reminded him, "Don't forget the fun." What great advice...

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CREATIVITY – Why it’s so important

I remember being amazed to hear that creativity is a much better predictor of achievement in life than IQ. That came out of the research of thousands of children followed for decades after taking the Torrance Creativity Test. We’ve certainly seen how important creativity is this past year. Covid restrictions have forced us all to find new and innovative ways to...

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Fred Rogers Center June Newsletter 2021

In 1982, I began working with Fred Rogers’ organization, Family Communications, Inc. as a child development consultant for an outreach project that included writing activity plans for teachers and family childcare providers to accompany the daily Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood television programs. What started as a three-month project ended up expanding to several years’ worth of follow-up activities that were correlated...

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Eric Carle – One of our favorite “neighbors”

I wonder if you, too, heard the sad news a few weeks ago about the death of Eric Carle, one of America’s most beloved children’s author-illustrators. Most early childhood professionals know him through his classic children’s books, like The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?  We were fortunate to get to know Eric Carle as a “neighbor” - and to...

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Slowing Down

Whenever people have asked me what Fred Rogers would say about how to help children through the pandemic, I’ve turned the question around and asked what they might take from his messages. In a sense, I think that’s what Fred hoped, that each of us would take from his work what’s most meaningful for our own lives. That’s why, whenever I’ve...

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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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Fred Rogers Center March Newsletter 2021

It is with great sadness that we mourn the death of Joanne Rogers, who passed away in January. She was an inspiration to us here at the Fred Rogers Center and she brought joy and laughter with her visits and her commitment to carrying forward the legacy of her loving husband, Fred Rogers. I’ve been enjoying rereading pages in Maxwell...

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