Sesame Street reaches out to kids
Over the past eight months, the effort to stop the spread of the pandemic has resulted in restrictions that have profoundly disrupted children’s schools, sports, and play. The stress and unknowns have been hard on families and kids.
In an effort to entertain, educate, and comfort parents, caregivers, and children; Sesame Workshop — the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street — launched its Caring for Each Other initiative soon after the pandemic began and have updated it with new content as the situation has evolved.
“Around the world, young children’s lives are being turned upside down, and parents and caregivers are looking for ways to give their children—and themselves—a sense of stability in this new normal,” said Dr. Rosemarie Truglio, Senior Vice President for Curriculum and Content, Sesame Workshop. “But there are things parents and caregivers can do to face each day with optimism. Sesame Street is here to provide the caring adults in children’s lives with the resources they need to help children, and foster their healthy development at home.”
Familiar characters provide comfort and coping strategies
Grover, Big Bird, and their friends on Sesame Street star in newly produced Muppet moments, playful learning activities, and virtual play dates. There are also new songs to enjoy, animated Sesame Street spots, and an ongoing release of resources to help families stay physically and mentally healthy.
Additional tools include resources that deal with big emotions such as missing friends and feeling worried, games and apps where kids learn about hand washing or practice calming strategies, activities that can be used to spark learning, and storytelling with some of Sesame Streets favourites including Alan, the current owner of Hooper’s Store!
“Sesame Street has long been a source of comfort for children and families during difficult times,” said Dr. Jeanette Betancourt, Senior Vice President for US Social Impact, Sesame Workshop. “While we don’t always know what to expect, we know that Sesame Street friends have the power to convey simple strategies and messages to help children and the caring adults in their lives find comfort. With Caring for Each Other, we can help families get through these uncertain times and build hope for the future.”
The resources are intended to help caregivers as well as children, and the site is continually updated with new content designed to meet the changing needs of families as the pandemic evolves.
Families can also sign up for a weekly guide to new Sesame Street activities and strategies as they continue to support adults and children through these challenging times.