The launch of the first spin-off of the beloved Mr. Roger’s NeighborhoodDaniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, is just one month away. An original animated series from The Fred Rogers Company, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood premieres Monday, Sept. 3 on PBS Kids. The show stars 4-year-old Daniel Tiger, son of the original program’s Daniel Striped Tiger. Daniel Tiger talks directly to viewers, warmly drawing them in and making them feel like one of his neighbors.

Recent research proves what Fred Rogers knew all along: social and emotional competencies are the building blocks of doing well in school and in life. Each episode of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood consists of two engaging stories that center on a common early learning theme, such as dealing with disappointment. Every story includes an “imagination moment” in which Daniel plays out a preschool fantasy set to music.  Then, the day’s strategy is reprised in a full song at the end.

Angela C. Santomero, leading production partner for Out of the Blue Enterprises and the imaginative force behind Super WHY and Blue’s Clues, provides the creative vision for the new series.  Santomero and Kevin Morrison of The Fred Rogers Company are executive producers of the show, which is animated by  9 Story Entertainment.

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