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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Fred Rogers Center December Newsletter

As we enter this holiday season, we hope that each of you will find ways to express gratitude to those around you - children, family, friends, co-workers, the helpers in our communities, and people who may seem like strangers to you. We all have something to contribute and looking for the ways that others contribute to our well-being is one...

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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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Fred Rogers Center October Newsletter

Wherever you are, I am sure that you have not experienced a “back-to-school” autumn quite like this one.  We offer sincere gratitude to all of you---parents, caregivers, teachers, support workers, neighbors, and others who are helping children during this mix of face-to-face schooling and virtual gatherings. No matter how old our children are, they are facing disruptions that most of...

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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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Fred Rogers Center June Newsletter

We have had some challenging times these past few months and many requests from families and teachers about how best to support children during these periods of upset. Fred Rogers was always quick to respond in times of crisis with messages for children and families. He often said that children need to know that talking about their feelings, their questions, their...

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