"Each generation, in its turn, is a link between all that has gone before and all that comes after. Our Parents gave us what they were able to give, and we took what we could of it and made it part of ourselves...We, in our turn, will offer what we can of ourselves to our children and their offspring."
Fred Rogers - The Legacy
Fred Rogers was a TV pioneer and a PBS icon. But his impact has gone far beyond the television screen. His legacy is still felt today in the hearts and minds of children, families, and professionals who continue to be nurtured and inspired by his timeless wisdom. On any given week, some reference to “Mister Rogers” or his “Neighborhood” appears in the media.
What has made Fred Rogers’ impact so deep and enduring? For one thing, he developed strong backgrounds in several fields -- Music Composition, TV Production, ministry, and lifelong studies in Child Development. As a gifted communicator, Fred Rogers was able to tie all those elements together. Perhaps his greatest contribution is that he was able to translate complicated child development theories into easy to understand and affirming messages--life lessons that resonate with all of us, young and old.
Now at The Fred Rogers Company, the company that he founded, there’s a rich and tangible legacy in a library of his television programs, books, writings, interviews, and speeches. We are a small group who have worked closely with Fred Rogers over the years, most of us for two and three decades. We’re continuing to expand into new arenas and new technologies, perpetuating the values and philosophy of our founder.
Other organizations are also developing ways to preserve and extend the legacy of Fred Rogers. Established at Saint Vincent College in September 2003, the Fred M. Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children's Media aims to provide a comprehensive archive of materials that reflect and document Fred's work and a forum for collaboration around issues in early learning and children's media.
Beginning in 2005, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences offers a $10,000 Memorial Scholarship for students who pursue a career in children's media that furthers the values and principles of Fred Rogers' work.
Numerous awards have been established In Fred Rogers name, including a Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) award for Excellence in Children's Educational Media, and a Fred Rogers Integrity Award from Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood.