Around the Neighborhood


Each “Around the Neighborhood” newsletter focuses on a Neighborhood theme week. The front page of the newsletter is an explanation of the child psychology theories behind each theme week. Inside are Fred Rogers’ thoughts about the topic in the form of a letter, followed by activities to go along with the theme week and suggested books for caregivers to read to children.

These newsletters are helpful to researchers who are studying particular Neighborhood subjects. They provide much insight into why Fred decided to devote a week of programs to a certain topic.

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Promotion Packet August 1987

Going to school may be a child's first great transition in life. Because school is something that impacts all children, Fred Rogers devoted a week of Neighborhood episodes to the topic. This packet of materials was sent out to PBS stations to publicize the week of programs.

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The Fred Rogers Institute Archivist is available for requests and inquiries from students and researchers.