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  • Sesame Street Programs Help Children of Prisoners Deal With Big Changes

    Posted on   6/24/2013  1:16 PM

    It’s good to know our nation is finally paying attention to children of incarcerated parents.

    Case and point: Sesame Street has created a new puppet to speak directly to children touched by incarceration.

    The “Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration” initiative has introduced a new puppet, named Alex, who helps young children address the questions, confusion and many other challenges that arise during a parent’s incarceration in jail or prison.

    The Sesame Street programs are available for free online to the nearly 2.7 million children in the U.S. with incarcerated parents. The programs can be found here in both English and Spanish.

    Here’s how Sesame Street explains its new programs for children ages 3-8:

    “The incarceration of a loved one can be very overwhelming for both children and caregivers. It can bring about big changes and transitions. In simple everyday ways, you can comfort your child and guide her through these tough moments. With your love and support she can get through anything that comes her way.”

    We encourage families to watch the programs and discuss them with children.

    Again, check out the link here.

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