Fred Rogers Center Accepting Applications for Early Career Fellows Program

Attention app developers! The Fred Rogers Center is currently accepting applications for its Early Career Fellows program. This is an opportunity for developers to create exciting, innovative, and developmentally-appropriate apps for young children. This is also a career development opportunity, as they are looking for applicants at an early stage in their careers (5 years or less) with ideas that can help to advance the legacy of Fred Rogers. If you are interested, please read the announcement below and submit an application by October 15.

Here is the text from their announcement sent on Sept. 17th:

The Fred Rogers Center is announcing the national competition for the Fall 2012 Early Career Fellows program. This program provides a unique career development opportunity for new and aspiring professionals in children’s media and related fields who demonstrate a commitment to the same principles that guided Fred Rogers in his work. Since 2009, the Early Career Fellows program has supported 13 Fellows, who have produced an array of creative projects – in robotics, interactive sculpture, media-based curriculum development, assistive technology, web blogging, and mobile gaming.

In the current competition, two Early Career Fellows will be selected to create new, web-based projects including, for example, apps, games, music, videos, and other creative applications of media and technology, in support of the Fred Rogers Center Early Learning Environment™ (Ele). One of the Fellows selected for the current competition will be expected to develop a mobile app for both android and iOS. Fellows’ projects for Ele should emphasize early literacy and healthy social and emotional development among children ages birth to age 5.

We invite you to encourage qualified candidates to submit applications to the 2012 Early Career Fellows program. The announcement and the application form are available through the Fred Rogers Center’s website at

The submission deadline for applications is October 15, 2012. We realize that the turnaround is tight. We appreciate your help in sharing the program materials as soon as you can.

For background information on all of our work at the Fred Rogers Center, including past years’ Early Career Fellows, please see our website. You can also see examples of two recent Fellows projects: Alien Assignment and Everyday Grooves.

Thank you very much, and best wishes for your own continuing good work on behalf of children and families.

Rita Catalano | Executive Director

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