In late May, I went to Denver to attend PBS’ Annual Meeting, as one of PBS Kids’ VIP Ambassadors. It was incredible to travel to Denver (which I loved) to meet the wonderful PBS Kids VIP Ambassadors and the PBS Kids Staff. On this trip, we learned about Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, which is premiering on September 3rd on PBS KIDS.
@jenrab, @dancinghotdogs, and I with Red and Puppy from Super Why
After meeting the other PBS VIP Ambassadors at a cocktail reception with some of the PBS Station Managers and Execs, we went for a delicious dinner. Representing the Tri-State area was one of my Trumpeting Media Partners, Divina Rodriguez of Dancing Hotdogs, and Jen Rabulan-Bertram, of Next Kid Thing.
The next day, we attended a breakfast for Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, This show, a joint production The Fred Rogers Company (formerly Family Communications) and Out of the Blue Enterprises(headed by Angela Santomero, who created Blues Clues and SuperWhy), looks wonderful. We got to meet Joanne Rogers, Fred Rogers’ widow. I’ll admit I teared up when I hugged her.
Inspired by Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood stars 4-year-old Daniel Tiger, son of the original program’s Daniel Striped Tiger. Just like Mr. Rogers (but animated), Daniel will invite kids into his world, talk to the camera, and give a kid’s-eye view of his life. Aimed at preschoolers ages 2-5, they’ll learn fun and practical strategies and skills necessary for growing and learning. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood premieres Monday, September 3, on PBS KIDS with a special one-hour block of two back-to-back episodes. The 30 minute series will air daily (it contains two segments).
The new series will use catchy, musical strategies that reinforce each theme and that preschoolers and parents will both sing – and use! – together in their lives. Every story includes an “imagination moment” in which Daniel plays out a preschool fantasy set to music. Then, the day’s strategy is then reprised in a full song at the end.
Kids even older than 4 (like my almost 7 year old) will also be interested. Parents are going to love that social and coping skills are being taught in a fun, easy way to children. We predict that this will be a hit!
For more information go to Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood on PBS Kids. Check out a clip here!
Disclosure: I am a PBS KIDS VIP Ambassador, but I am not compensated for my work with them. Sometimes I do receive samples of products, dvds and books. Thank you to Drew Bennett (http:/www.BenSpark.com) for the picture with Joanne Rogers.