For over thirty years, Fred Rogers, an unassuming minister, puppeteer, writer and producer was beamed daily into homes across America. In his beloved television program, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fred and his cast of puppets and friends spoke directly to young children about some of life’s weightiest issues, in a simple, direct fashion. There hadn’t been anything like Mr. Rogers on television before and there hasn’t been since. Fred Rogers’ career represents a sustained attempt to present a coherent, beneficent view about how we should best speak to children about important matters and how television could be used as a positive force in our society.
Continue the conversation:
- Kathleen Paciga, Associate Professor, Columbia College and Early Career Research Fellow of the TEC Center at the Erikson Institute and the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Media at St. Vincent College
- Leanne Nathan, Director, JCC “Z” Frank Apachi Early Childhood
- Holly Krakow, JCC Early Childhood Manager of Curriculum and Professional Development
In partnership with the Northbrook Public Library