Junlei Li Joins The Fred Rogers Company Family
Fred Rogers could connect with children so well in part because of the way he married the science of child development with the immediacy of children's media. Junlei Li, the newest member of The Fred Rogers Company family, is similarly committed to using media to help make science more visible and useful for parents, teachers, and other adults who work with children.'
After studying computer science as an undergraduate, Junlei earned a master's degree in instructional science and a Ph.D. in psychology at Carnegie Mellon University, making important contributions to science education in urban classrooms. He then joined the University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development (OCD), evaluating and improving the quality of community-based programs serving youth and families in Pittsburgh and orphanages abroad.
Reading is the Fifth Food Group
Thanks to a partnership between the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and the Best Books for Babies Committee, more than 225 Pittsburgh Area Food Pantries received a set of ten books under the campaign “Reading is the Fifth Food Group.”
“We know that all children need good, healthy food to grow strong bodies. But we need to feed the hearts and minds of our children as well. Stories help to do that.” said Margaret Mary Kimmel, professor emerita in the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Information Sciences, chair of the selection committee and longtime collaborator with The Fred Rogers Company. “Reading to the very youngest children helps them acquire words to grow on, words that help them learn, words that heal wounds, words that inspire. And we can help that learning process to grow by sharing the best books with all our babies.”
Dear Mister Rogers
Our story about Best Books for Babies reminded us of this letter – and Fred’s response:
Read a portion of Fred's response.