“We know how damaging childhood trauma can be to a child’s health and wellbeing. Sesame Street in Communities can be life-changing. It provides tools to help children cope with life’s most difficult challenges, including trauma,” said Richard Besser, M.D., president and CEO of RWJF. “We encourage parents and providers in every community to check out the website and make use of these terrific materials.”
Additional Sesame Street in Communities resources for children from birth to five years old—all freely available at www.sesamestreetincommunities.org
in English and Spanish—include videos, storybooks, games, and professional development on topics like early learning basics such as building reading, writing, and counting skills; health and well-being, including healthy eating, oral health routines, and being active; and helping children and families cope with difficult topics like divorce and grief.
“Sesame is in a class of its own in terms of the trust and credibility it has with families,” said Janine Hron, President, Crittenton Children's Center in Kansas City, MO. “At Crittenton, we know firsthand how difficult traumatic experiences can be for kids. Sesame Street’s new initiative is a tremendous resource for the families in our community. In addition to helping them become more resilient during particularly challenging moments, the strategies also help with everyday situations that can help kids thrive and grow.”
Sesame Workshop is currently implementing Sesame Street in Communities in three pilot communities—Kansas City, MO; Los Angeles, CA; and Guilford County, NC—by partnering with community providers and giving them the tools they need to support the families they serve. Over the next five years, Sesame Street in Communities aims to reach 4.5 million children under age 6 and their families; connect with more than 11,000 direct service providers; develop 200 national and local partnerships; and expand to at least 35 additional communities across the country.