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Sesame Street Resilience Project

Separation or Divorce * Incarceration

Sesame Street is providing materials to help parents going through a separation or a divorce, as well as materials for when one parent is incarcerated. The Sesame Street’s multimedia toolkits – Little Children, BIG Challenges: Divorce and Separation, and Little Children, BIG Challenges: Incarceration (English & Spanish), are designed to help parents communicate about their situation and to build resilience in children during challenging times.

The Sesame Street Resilience Project is a part of The Child Resilience Initiative from the Educational Outreach department which provides families and their young children (Ages 2-6) with tools and resources necessary to overcome everyday challenges, transitions, and stressful life events. These tools and resources maximize the use of multimedia and technology and showcase the lovable Muppets of Sesame Street in various scenarios and specific experiences relevant to families. The materials focus on the core competencies of expressing and managing feelings, coping with frustrations, self-concept, problem solving skills, and perseverance. By providing the community (i.e., parents, teachers, caregivers, educators, professionals) with these necessary tools and resources, Sesame Workshop is able to contribute and foster the successful development of children. The research team at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School connects Sesame Workshop and families by providing these helpful resources.

If involved in the study, families will participate in the Parent Night and receive the Sesame Street toolkits accordingly. These toolkits are designed to proactively help children build resilience factors by fostering three key protective factors, which include attachment relationships (circle of care), emotional understanding, and sense of self. Each toolkit (a) provides children with tools and languages to help them (ages 2-6) cope with and understand divorce at an age-appropirate level, (b) aid families in communicating and expressing feeling around divorce, (c) teach children a feeling vocabulary, (d) provide parent tips that are helpful regarding divorce and separation/incarceration, and (e) reassure children that they will be cared for, and that - together with their families - they learn ways to adjust to their new life.

If interested in any of these studies, please click the image for more details.