The Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College Is Working with Harvard College's Graduate School of Education to Promote Adult-Child Relationships in Early Learning [Derived Headline]

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The Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College Is Working with Harvard College's Graduate School of Education to Promote Adult-Child Relationships in Early Learning [Derived Headline]


Himler, Jeff, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


The Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College is working with Harvard College's Graduate School of Education to promote adult-child relationships in early learning.

The new three-year collaboration continues a partnership between Dana Winters, assistant professor of child and family studies at Saint Vincent, and Junlei Li, former co-director of the Fred Rogers Center. Li now is the Saul Zaentz Senior Lecturer in Early Education at Harvard.

At the Fred Rogers Center, Winters also is the director of Simple Interactions -- an approach to early education initially developed by Li, the former Rita McGinley Professor of Early Learning and Children's Media at Saint Vincent.

"We had been working well together for four years," said Winters. "Simple Interactions has always been a collaboration, and we wanted to make sure it remained so."

That educational approach has been used to assist teachers in kindergarten and pre-K classrooms at Ligonier Valley School District, Head Start classrooms throughout Westmoreland County and at early childhood learning providers in Greensburg, Latrobe, Ligonier and Irwin, Winters said.

One goal of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children's Media at Saint Vincent and the Saul Zaentz Early Education Initiative at Harvard is to create and use tools, videos and other materials related to Simple Interactions.

Simple Interactions builds on the day-to-day interactions among children and the adults who teach and care for them. …

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