The Fred Rogers Center announces a Fellowship opportunity for early-career producers, animators, technologists, writers, artists, musicians, educators, and others, interested in creating high-quality media inspired by the legacy of Fred Rogers. Through the ECF program, the Fred Rogers Center acts as a catalyst for innovation in media- and technology-based work that advances early childhood development and learning.
In 2012-2013, Fellows will create projects for the Fred Rogers Center Early Learning Environment™ (Ele), one of the national signature programs of the Rogers Center. Ele, which is open to all but designed especially for underserved and under-resourced adults, addresses the urgent issues surrounding early literacy and school readiness. It is an innovative online space where early learning teachers, family child care providers, families, and others who care for young children can come together in a safe environment to find and share digital resources that support early learning and development in children from birth to age 5. Ele uses entertaining and educational media content to deliver resources, and to encourage interaction, in a variety of engaging ways.
Two Early Career Fellows, nationally selected, will be awarded a $15,000 stipend each. Support also will be provided for expenses related to the Fellows’ work. Fellows will spend 10 months on the development of their projects, which will be featured online through Ele. In addition to the visibility provided by Ele, Fellows will have the opportunity to present their work at the Fred Rogers Center’s next Fred Forward Conference, in 2014. The Fellows also will become part of the community of 13 previous ECFs named since 2009.