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NEW FRED ROGERS CENTER APP ‘EVERYDAY GROOVES’ ENCOURAGES FAMILIES, TEACHERS TO CREATE DAILY ROUTINES WITH MUSIC

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Posted: Tuesday Apr 17, 2012

April 17, 2012

The Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College has launched Everyday Grooves, a new iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch app for parents, teachers and other caregivers of children ages 3 to 5 to encourage routines and structure in the lives of children through songs and music. Daily routines help children feel safe and secure, and can help them learn about themselves, their family and friends, and the outside world.

This app was developed through the Fred Rogers Center Early Career Fellows program. Adam Blau, the Early Career Fellow creator of Everyday Grooves, is a music composer and producer based in Los Angeles. The app is available free at the iTunes Store and through the Fred Rogers Center Early Learning EnvironmentTM (Ele).

Using Everyday Grooves is simple – the app allows users to set up musical prompts throughout the day to help children transition to new activities. Each prompt is an original song in the style of popular music on the radio, and lyrically walks families through suggested steps for the routine. Twelve songs are included for these everyday routines: Wake Up!; Brush Teeth!; Get Dressed; Get Ready, Let’s Go; Let’s Read!; Love You!; Clean Up; Say Goodbye; I’m Thankful; Let’s Eat!; Bath Time!; and Let’s Rest.

“Mr. Blau has composed and produced an incredible collection of original, fun songs that we hope will bring young children and adults together in some of the routine activities and expressions of care that are so important to early development,” explained Rita Catalano, Executive Director of the Fred Rogers Center.

The mission of the Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College is to advance the fields of early learning and children’s media by acting as a catalyst for communication, collaboration, and creative change. The Center houses the Fred Rogers Archive including videos and materials from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. The national signature programs of the Center are the Early Career Fellows program, the Fred Rogers Center Early Learning Environment™, and the Fred Forward Conference Series.

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Photo: Adam Blau 

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