About Fred Forward

Founded to bridge and build the fields of early learning and children’s media, the Fred Forward Conference and Symposia series brings together researchers, technologists, media creators, educators, and advocates, to explore current and emerging issues impacting the healthy development of children birth to age 8. From small invitation-only gatherings to larger convenings, the Fred Forward series evolves to respond to changing needs in the field and is always rooted in Fred Rogers’ charge to “Think of the children first.”


Fred Forward 2017

Held May 14-16, 2017, this invitation-only symposium explored “How do families live well with media and technology in ways that strengthen and enhance adult-child relationships?”. Sessions utilized a variety of formats, including keynote and featured speakers, panel discussions, and “ask the expert” design-thinking discussion groups for addressing complex communications challenges. To view the conference program and speaker biographies, click here.


Fred Forward 2014

Connections by Design: Creating Media, Children, and Family Partnerships through Research, Collaboration, and Advocacy


Fred Forward 2012

Building a Framework for Quality in Children’s Digital Media


Fred Forward 2010

Creative Curiosity, New Media, and Learning