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Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Debuts Sept. 3 on PBS Kids

August 28, 2012 10:51 am

Remember Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, where it was always a beautiful day? My toddlers learned important life lessons from Fred Rogers who led the PBS show, and his calm demeanor seemed to flow into my living room and settle on us, making better people.

Fred Rogers is no longer with us, but a new generation of preschoolers will have a chance to experience a TV series inspired by Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, when Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood launches at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 3, with a one-hour block of two episodes on UNC-TV. The new animated series from The Fred Rogers Company was created by Angela C. Santomero—who also dreamed up Blue's Clues—and whose own idol was the late Fred Rogers. In the spirit of Mister Rogers, the new series is designed to help kids build social and emotional skills like self-control, patience, persistence and resilience.

Instead of Mister Rogers offering advice, the new series stars 4-year-old Daniel Tiger, son of the original program's Daniel Striped Tiger, who invites young viewers into his world, giving them a kid's-eye view of his life. Like Mister Rogers, Daniel Tiger speaks to them directly, making them feel like one of his neighbors.

Each episode offers two stories that center on a common early learning theme such as dealing with disappointment. Each theme will be reinforced through catchy music that preschoolers and parents will be invited to sing – and use – together in their daily lives. Watch how this song inspires kids to keep going when things don't go as planned, a reminder even adults could use! Every story also includes an "imagination moment" in which Daniel plays out a preschool fantasy set to music. After Labor Day, the new series will air daily on weekdays on UNC-TV.

Preschoolers can also venture to Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood website to explore strategies learned through the show.  They'll find games that offer them a chance to ride through the Neighborhood on Trolley, pick up Daniel and his friends to give them a ride, and further explore Daniel's world and his daily routines. Online resources for parents, caregivers and teachers also will be available to complement each episode.



Remember Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, where it was always a beautiful day? My toddlers learned important life lessons from Fred Rogers who led the PBS show, and his calm demeanor seemed to flow into my living room and settle on us, making better people.

Fred Rogers is no longer with us, but a new generation of preschoolers will have a chance to experience a TV series inspired by Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, when Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood launches at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 3, with a one-hour block of two episodes on UNC-TV. The new animated series from The Fred Rogers Company was created by Angela C. Santomero—who also dreamed up Blue's Clues—and whose own idol was the late Fred Rogers. In the spirit of Mister Rogers, the new series is designed to help kids build social and emotional skills like self-control, patience, persistence and resilience.

Instead of Mister Rogers offering advice, the new series stars 4-year-old Daniel Tiger, son of the original program's Daniel Striped Tiger, who invites young viewers into his world, giving them a kid's-eye view of his life. Like Mister Rogers, Daniel Tiger speaks to them directly, making them feel like one of his neighbors.

Each episode offers two stories that center on a common early learning theme such as dealing with disappointment. Each theme will be reinforced through catchy music that preschoolers and parents will be invited to sing – and use – together in their daily lives. Watch how this song inspires kids to keep going when things don't go as planned, a reminder even adults could use! Every story also includes an "imagination moment" in which Daniel plays out a preschool fantasy set to music. After Labor Day, the new series will air daily on weekdays on UNC-TV.

Preschoolers can also venture to Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood website to explore strategies learned through the show.  They'll find games that offer them a chance to ride through the Neighborhood on Trolley, pick up Daniel and his friends to give them a ride, and further explore Daniel's world and his daily routines. Online resources for parents, caregivers and teachers also will be available to complement each episode.


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