New parenting resources coming from Fred Rogers Productions (plus, our ‘Daniel Tiger’ survey results!)
For the past 10 years, “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” has brought encouragement and learning to preschoolers, helping them to build valuable life skills. Now, with the addition of new videos created through a grant-funded partnership between Fred Rogers Productions, the Bezos Family Foundation and the learning website Vroom, the show will begin offering skill-building for parents, as well.
As part of this two-year project, Fred Rogers Productions will curate a collection of video clips from “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” to model for adults how they can make any moment a brain-building one for their children.
Vroom will also underwrite 15-second promotional videos that will bookend each broadcast episode of “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” and be run prior to streaming episodes. These videos will offer “science-based tips and tools for successful parenting” by showing the ways that everyday shared activities — things like mealtime, bath time and bedtime — can serve as meaningful opportunities to help kids learn and thrive.
Another goal of these brief segments is to let parents know about Vroom, which offers parents and caregivers a range of tips and activities based on the science behind early brain development.
“We have a terrific partner in Vroom, which like Fred Rogers Productions is dedicated to supporting families and to helping ensure a bright future for young children,” said Paul Siefken, President & CEO of Fred Rogers Productions. “We’re so pleased to extend our collaboration and continue this important work together.”
“Daniel Tiger” has just marked 10 years on PBS, and the show’s fifth season kicked off this week. Given the show’s popularity among our readers’ children, we recently asked Kidsburgh’s audience to tell us which episodes were their favorites.
Again, it was all about skill-building: Several parents said they appreciated the “Go Potty Go” episode about using the bathroom before leaving home.
Others mentioned “Daniel Visits School,” episodes about safety precautions (including playing at Jungle Beach), Daniel accepting his baby sister, the “Good Morning, Good Night” episode and Daniel’s updated take on the classic Fred Rogers question “What do you do with the mad that you feel?” — all of which help preschoolers discover new skills and take on new challenges.
Another favorite: “Daniel Tiger’s Birthday,” where things don’t go entirely well but Daniel’s mother teaches him: “When something seems bad, turn it around, and find something good.”