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At the Fred Rogers Institute, we love the opportunity to share what we learn from the life and legacy of Fred Rogers. Our resources are developed from research into our Archive, and are created to ask new questions and continue to bring Fred’s work into our lives today with children. Take a look around, there is something for everyone!

                     

Play as Truth

Play as Truth

"Play is a child's most important means of communication. Children are not self-conscious about playing. They play out what they think is real. That's the ultimate honesty. Children bring their whole inner drama to any relationship." - Fred Rogers

Look-Listen Relationship

Look-Listen Relationship

In Mister Rogers Talks with Parents (1983), Fred Rogers, in collaboration with Barry Head, outlines six "basic necessities" for children's learning readiness, one of which is "the capacity to look and listen carefully" (p170).

"It's very, very, very hard to wait."

"It's very, very, very hard to wait."

January 2024: We live in a world where we've come to expect instant gratification. We expect immediate answers to our emails. We expect next-day deliveries for our online orders. We expect our microwaved food to be ready in seconds. No wonder we get upset when we have to wait.

Many Ways to Say I Love You

Many Ways to Say I Love You

November 2023: Around this time of year, a number of years ago, I received in the mail a drawing from my 3-year-old granddaughter. It was sent from her child care center. At the top was a note she dictated to her teacher, letting me know that the scribbles, lines and circles said "I love you, Grandma Hedda."

Relationships in the Presence of Technology: For Families

Relationships in the Presence of Technology: For Families

Caregivers often wonder how to use and balance technology with their children. Here are some ideas to consider with your family as you navigate what technology looks like in your home.

Little Children -- Big Words

Little Children -- Big Words

April 2023: The other day I heard a child singing "Row, row, row your boat," and I couldn't help thinking of the delightful version of that song that Fred wrote for King Friday - Propel, propel, propel your craft... Gently down liquid solution. Ecstatically, ecstatically, ecstatically, ecstatically,

A Summertime Gift

A Summertime Gift

July 2022: For many of my friends in early childhood, this is the time of year they love most. It's summertime. Some programs take a break. Other programs have a slower pace, more like summer camp. Professors' schedules are often lighter. Whatever it's like for your work, I hope you can take a bit of a breather...

Encouraging Curiosity

Encouraging Curiosity

February 2023: Much as I don't like the cold February weather here in Pittsburgh, one evening I found myself looking at a wintry scene with new eyes, thanks to Fred Rogers. As I was walking to my car in the parking lot, I noticed that the snow was especially beautiful. It was sparkling like diamonds.

Family Engagement: For Families

Family Engagement: For Families

A guide for families in establishing relationships with the educators, caregivers, and other helpers in a child's life. From the Fred Rogers Institute and the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning.

Up Close and Personal with Nature

Up Close and Personal with Nature

June 2023: It's summertime, and that usually means more time outdoors. But in today's world, it seems that "outdoor time" has come to mean "playground time." I remember reading Richard Louv's Last Child in the Woods, and being reminded that there is a difference between "outdoor time with nature" and ...

When Someone a Child Loves Dies: A booklist

When Someone a Child Loves Dies: A booklist

A librarian-curated booklist for children facing a the death of a loved one.

Dress-Up Day

Dress-Up Day

October 2021: However you're dealing (or not dealing) with Halloween in your work with children, this holiday reminds us of how much children love to dress up in costumes and how much they get from it.

What do you DO with the mad that you feel?

What do you DO with the mad that you feel?

June 2022: It was 1968 when Fred introduced us to his song, "What Do You Do with the Mad that You Feel." That was over fifty years ago, and the messages of that song are as needed today as ever. Fred knew how important it is to help children learn to deal with their angry feelings. But in his song he wasn't ...

Fred Rogers Institute September 2023 Newsletter

Fred Rogers Institute September 2023 Newsletter

The Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children's Media, now the Fred Rogers Institute, was officially established 20 years ago this month. In those 20 years, we have supported countless educators, families, and children by extending the legacy of Fred Rogers to address today's world.

Family Engagement: For Helpers

Family Engagement: For Helpers

A guide for educators, caregivers, and other helpers in a child's life as you establish relationships with families. From the Fred Rogers Institute and the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning.

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