2016 UnConference: Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood

It takes a village to raise a child and no one understood that better than Mister Rogers!  This UnConference explores the importance of community and your friends in the neighborhood – from the local community members who care for our children to forward-thinking family support centers providing resources for all children.  We begin our day at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh with a joint keynote by Diana Bucco of The Buhl Foundation and Dr. Junlei Li of the Fred Rogers Center. This is followed by a curated tour of the Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood exhibit created by the Pittsburgh-based Fred Rogers Company. Then, participants will engage in two workshops that share ideas of how to engage “good neighbors” in helping to raise our children. Workshop presenters include the Fred Rogers Company, the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and more.  

The workshops are developmentally appropriate practice for educators and caregivers working with children ages birth through age nine.  However, many of the workshop offerings can also apply to students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade and after school programs.


8:00-8:30am            Registration

8:30-9:45am            Welcome/Keynote

9:45-10:00am          Break

10:00-11:00am        Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Exhibit Tour

11:00-12:30pm        Workshop #1 (1.5 hours)

12:30-1:30pm          Lunch

1:30-3:00pm           Workshop #2 (1.5 hours)

3:00-3:15pm           Break

3:15-4:00pm           Wrap-up 

How to Register

Please register now to reserve your space!  When the workshops are finalized, you will receive an email from Yu-Ling to select your preferred workshops.  We will do our best to place you in your requested workshop, but this is not guaranteed.  There is limited space in each workshop and workshop placement is based on the date of your registration so we recommend you register early. Registration is open until 5pm on Friday, October 14, 2016.

For groups of 6+, there is a 10% discount.  Please email Yu-Ling at conference@paeyc.org if you have a group you're interested in registering for UnConference: Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

What do I receive?

  • 6 hours of PQAS/DHS credits and/or Act 48
  • Light breakfast and lunch
  • Networking with colleagues
  • Hands-on, interactive workshop sessions
  • Refreshed or refined thinkng about our work with young children


Please contact event planner Yu-Ling Behr at conference@paeyc.org or call 412-421-3889.

For bus information, please visit www.portauthority.org for specific route information. 

A huge THANK YOU to: our co-host, the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh;  our sponsors, PNC Grow Up Great, Eat 'n Park, UPMC Health Plan and Pitt Ohio; and to our workshop partners, without whom this would not be possible!