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‘Daniel’s Big Feelings Week’ to Teach Preschoolers About Emotions

"Daniel’s Big Feelings Week" will present stories of Daniel and his friends learning how to handle emotions that come with being a little kid in a big world.

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BLOOMINGTON, IN (January 23, 2014) – Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, winner of a 2013 Parents’ Choice Award and a top-ten rated program for all of children’s television, is an animated program for preschoolers ages 2 to 4 that builds on the pioneering PBS series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. The series presents engaging stories about the life of a preschooler using musical strategies grounded in Fred Rogers’ social-emotional curriculum. Through imagination, creativity, and music, Daniel Tiger and his friends learn the key social skills necessary for school and for life.

This February, WTIU will present a special week of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood with the debut of five new episodes that focus on the difficult emotions facing young children. In “Daniel’s Big Feelings Week,” which airs from February 17 to 21, Daniel Tiger and his friends will help children and families learn strategies for dealing with feelings of jealousy, disappointment, and frustration.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood helps our youngest viewers build the skills that research shows are critical for success in school and in life,” said Lesli Rotenberg, General Manager, PBS Children’s Programming. “With ‘Daniel’s Big Feelings Week,’ we are excited to offer families new strategies to help them deal with challenging emotions that arise in the life of any preschooler—from how to cope with feeling sad or left out to managing frustration. Other episodes of the popular series throughout the week will help children learn important concepts like empathy and understanding differences between people.”

“Fred Rogers understood that it is vital for young children to develop positive emotional and social skills, and the five new episodes in ‘Daniel’s Big Feelings Week’ bring his gentle lessons to today’s preschool viewers in a fun and memorable way,” said Paul Siefken, Vice President, Broadcast and Digital Media of The Fred Rogers Company. “The new stories will help further Fred’s enduring legacy with both parents and children, and we are excited to introduce this week of special shows for Daniel fans of all ages.”

Angela C. Santomero, Series Creator and Co-Executive Producer, added, “In ‘Daniel’s Big Feelings Week,’ and in every episode, Daniel brings young viewers directly into his world so that they can learn right alongside him and his friends as they navigate life from a preschool perspective. The catchy musical strategies that are an integral part of each story stick with kids and parents and continue to support them long after the episode is over.”

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is the first television series produced by The Fred Rogers Company since Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Every episode features two endearing stories starring four-year-old Daniel Tiger and his friends, who invite young viewers to come with them on fun adventures as they explore the colorful Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

Series creator Angela C. Santomero (Super Why, Blue’s Clues), from lead production partner Out of the Blue Enterprises, is co-executive producer of the show, along with Kevin Morrison of The Fred Rogers Company and Vince Commisso of the award-winning animation studio 9 Story Entertainment.

“Daniel’s Big Feelings Week” Episode Air Dates and Descriptions:

“Duckling Goes Home/Daniel Feels Left Out” – Premieres February 17, 2014

“Duckling Goes Home”: Today at school, the children find out that Ducky has grown too big to be their classroom pet and it’s time to take him back to the farm. This news is very upsetting, especially to Daniel and Miss Elaina. The children cope with their sadness in different ways and soon they feel a little bit better.

“Daniel Feels Left Out”: On their way home from the Neighborhood grocery store, Dad and Daniel stop by the Treehouse to say “hello.” O the Owl and Katerina Kittycat have been playing together all day, and are even going to have dinner together. When it is time to go home with Dad, Daniel feels left out and sad. Back at home, Mom and Dad Tiger help Daniel with his sad feelings and he soon starts to feel better.

Strategy: It’s OK to feel sad sometimes; little by little you’ll feel better.

“Daniel Gets Frustrated/Frustration at School” – Premieres February 18, 2014

“Daniel Gets Frustrated”: Daniel is staying at home with Mom Tiger today. He really wants to play with Prince Wednesday, but the prince is visiting his cousin Chrissie. He asks Mom if they can go to Music Man Stan’s shop, but they can’t because it is closed. Daniel gets really frustrated when it seems that he’s unable to do anything he wants to do. With some guidance from Mom, Daniel learns how to work through his frustration.

“Frustration at School”: Daniel and his friends are playing “restaurant” at school and Daniel feels frustrated when he can’t find the toy he is looking for. Teacher Harriet helps him realize that the right thing to do is to take a step back and ask for help.

Strategy: When you’re frustrated, take a step back and ask for help.

“Daniel Is Jealous/Jealousy at the Treehouse” – Premieres February 19, 2014

“Daniel Is Jealous”: Daniel and Katerina are playing “airplane” with Grandpere. Daniel thinks Katerina is getting too much attention from Grandpere and starts to feel jealous. Daniel explains his feelings and is reassured that he is Grandpere’s one and only Daniel.

“Jealousy at the Treehouse”: Daniel and Katerina are at O the Owl’s house today, playing with his new science kit. Daniel and Katerina feel jealous of O because they want science tools just like his. After talking about their feelings, the children realize how they can all enjoy O’s special science kit.

Strategy: When you feel jealous, talk about it.

“Someone Else’s Feelings/Empathy at School” – Premieres February 20, 2014

“Someone Else’s Feelings”: Daniel and O the Owl are pretending to be handymen, using their toy tools to make “repairs” to Daniel’s playhouse. Daniel is having lots of fun hammering loudly, but it’s upsetting O, who would rather do something quieter. Daniel loves hammering so much that it’s hard for him to see why it upsets O. Mom helps Daniel be empathetic and think about how O is feeling: Daniel remembers a time when he was upset because Miss Elaina was being way too loud for him. He doesn’t want O to feel this way, and he realizes that they can both have fun as quiet handymen.

“Empathy at School”: Chrissie and Daniel are playing together at school, but when Chrissie loses her special bracelet, she doesn’t feel like playing anymore. Daniel has trouble understanding why, until Teacher Harriet shows him how to be empathetic and think about how Chrissie may be feeling. Daniel remembers just how worried he was when he thought he had lost Tigey and decides to stop playing and help find the bracelet.

Strategy: Think about how someone else is feeling.

“Line Leader Daniel/Neighborhood Jobs” – Premieres February 21, 2014

“Line Leader Daniel”: The children are getting new classroom jobs at school and Daniel really wants to be line leader. When he doesn’t get the job he wants, Daniel is disappointed. Soon he learns that all of the jobs are necessary to keep the classroom running smoothly.

“Neighborhood Jobs”: Daniel and Mom Tiger are visiting the library today. Unfortunately, X the Owl isn’t feeling very well and needs to go to the doctor. Daniel learns the importance of all the Neighborhood jobs when he and Mom Tiger fill in as librarian for X so he can see Dr. Anna.

Strategy: Everyone’s job is important; we all help in different ways.

Episodes from “Daniel’s Big Feelings Week” will be available on DVD starting February 25, when the first Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood DVDs, “Daniel’s Big Feelings” and “Life’s Little Lessons,” will be released wherever DVDs are sold.

A new Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood game, “Let’s Make Believe,” launches on in February. In this game, children make choices for Daniel’s make-believe play, finding encouragement for their own imaginative ideas and building creative thinking, visualizing and problem-solving skills.

DVD Releases:

“Daniel’s Big Feelings” DVD
Episodes on the “Daniel’s Big Feelings” DVD include: “Duckling Goes Home/Daniel Feels Left Out,” “Daniel Gets Frustrated/Frustration at School,” “Daniel Is Jealous/Jealousy at the Treehouse,” and “Someone Else’s Feelings/Empathy at School.” The DVD also includes two bonus stories: “Daniel Gets Mad” and “Katerina Gets Mad.”

“Life’s Little Lessons” DVD
Episodes on this DVD include: “Prince Wednesday Goes to the Potty/Daniel Goes to the Potty,” “Daniel Visits School/Daniel Visits the Doctor,” “Daniel Shares His Tigertastic Car/Katerina Shares Her Tutu” and “Good Morning Daniel/Good Night Daniel.”

The Fred Rogers Company was founded by Fred Rogers in 1971 as the non-profit producer of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood for PBS. The much-loved program extended Fred’s values and approach in promoting children’s social, emotional, and behavioral health, while supporting parents, caregivers, teachers and other professionals in their work with children. The Fred Rogers Company continues to build on his legacy in innovative ways through a wide variety of media, and engaging new generations of children and families with his timeless wisdom. For more information, visit their website .

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