‘Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood’ to Air Episode About Coronavirus Pandemic


Daniel Tiger and his friends will be starting a new lesson, and this time it's about the coronavirus pandemic.

People reported that in the season 5 premiere special of "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood," which airs next month, the main character will explain how children should handle their feelings about the global outbreak.

According to a statement from PBS Kids, the animated preschooler will talk about how events are canceled over concerns about COVID-19.

"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," the statement reads.

Mom and Dad Tiger, Daniel's parents, will use new and fan-favorite songs from the show to reassure him and young viewers and their parents, who are asked to sing along.

"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.

The special is the first of five episodes expected to air the first week of August 17. President and CEO of Fred Rogers Productions Paul Siefken said the season "will showcase even more relatable storylines and fresh musical strategies to help keep preschoolers learning, growing and navigating the world around them."

In addition to the upcoming special, the show will focus on separation from family members, sudden changes at school, staying safe, and hospital stays.

"Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: Won't You Sing Along with Me?" airs August 17 on PBS Kids.

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