The Pittsburgh-based Heinz Endowments has announced a three-year, $3 million grant to the Fred Rogers Company in support of new content development and educational technology and capacity-building initiatives.
The grant will support programming that continues the educational, social, and creative themes of company founder Fred Rogers and his landmark PBS series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, including additional episodes of Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, a top-rated PBS KIDS' series that helps children learn key social skills necessary for school and life. The grant also will fund five new positions and expanded professional development opportunities; educational technology initiatives, including digital content and interactive programming for children, parents, and educators as well as archiving of the company's growing library of content; and facility improvements, including production equipment upgrades.
"We are delighted to support the capacity to continue the legacy of Fred Rogers with new programming and the use of technology that preserves and promotes his messages of inclusion and kindness," said Heinz Endowment president Grant Oliphant. "The unique work of the Fred Rogers Company has a special place in the hearts and minds of children in Pittsburgh and beyond."
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