Daniel Tiger Episode Plans to Help Children Understand the Coronavirus Pandemic



Source: PBS

With all the changes the coronavirus pandemic has brought into our lives, it can be an anxious time not only for adults, but also for children who may have trouble comprehending what is going on.

Fortunately, for the youngest members of the family Daniel Tiger will be on hand, together with his neighborhood friends, to help explain the coronavirus to preschool viewers.

According to People, the season 5 premiere of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood will kick off with a special episode that will focus on how Daniel is affected by the coronavirus when a much-anticipated neighborhood carnival is cancelled.

“When Daniel learns he can’t gather with all of his neighbors at the Neighborhood Carnival this year, it leads to a lot of big feelings and questions, including what to do when he misses the people he loves, how to keep himself and others healthy and how to find ways to enjoy the extra time at home with his family,” a promo for the PBS show reveals.

“Mom and Dad Tiger use new and fan-favorite songs from the series to help reassure him — as well as young viewers and their parents at home, who are encouraged to sing along!” it continues.

“In addition to the upcoming special, the season will include episodes about sudden changes at school, separation from family members, staying safe, hospital stays, respecting one’s personal space, disappointment, generosity and grown-ups taking care of you,” President and CEO of Fred Rogers Productions Paul Siefken said in a statement reported by People.

“As COVID-19 continues to pose challenges to families across the country, PBS Kids is uniquely positioned to meet the needs of children, parents, and caregivers,” Lesli Rotenberg (Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, Children’s Media and Education, PBS) said in a statement.