Sesame Street Workshop’s initiative Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration, supports families with young children who have an incarcerated parent through the use of interactive and age-appropriate (3-8 years) resources. Each kit contains a Sesame Street DVD featuring a muppet story, a guide for parents and caregivers, and a children’s storybook. Additional online resources can be accessed on the Sesame Street website.
Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration is designed to:
- support, comfort, and reduce anxiety, sadness, and confusion that young children may experience during the incarceration of a parent,
- provide at-home caregivers with strategies, tips, and age-appropriate language they can use to help communicate with their children about incarceration, and
- inform incarcerated parents themselves that they can parent from anywhere, and provide them with simple parenting tips highlighting the importance of communication.
Arkansas, California, Florida, Illinois, New York, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin are the other states involved in piloting the new program.
Click here for a poster recently created and presented by Amanda Wanous at the Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s Poster Session. The poster provides details of the dissemination of the Sesame Street kits.