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Making Everyday Challenges into Learning Moments

By Graydon Gordian


Children need to learn much more than numbers and letters to achieve their full potential. They need to develop healthy eating habits. They need to respect and understand children who are different than they are. And they need to be resilient enough to handle the challenges, emotional and otherwise, that life throws at them.

Many people think that resilience is an innate part of a child’s personality, but by helping children cope with the challenges that come their way, children can actually learn the skills they need to build resilience.  That’s why Sesame Workshop is expanding its Little Children, Big Challenges initiative to include tips and strategies for everyday challenges.  Read More

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November 07, 2013

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Sesame Place Spends Day Focused on Children with Special Needs

By Graydon Gordian


Sesame Place welcomes young children who are eager to laugh and learn with Elmo, Cookie Monster and the whole Sesame Street gang year round. We never want to exclude anyone on Sesame Street, but once a year you need an invitation to stop by Sesame Place. That’s because once a year Sesame partners with Variety – the Children’s Charity and is open exclusively to families with children who have a physical or developmental disability.

This past weekend, On Nov. 2nd, children with special needs and their families stopped by to enjoy The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular, Sesame Place’s dry rides and a not-so-scary hayride.  Read More

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October 11, 2013

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Sesame Street Teaches Literacy with New Digital Destination

By Graydon Gordian


By the age of four, a child from a high-income family has been exposed to 35 million more words than a child from a low-income family. Low-income children miss out on over 400 hours of literacy-related activities that high-income children experience. This gap in literacy and vocabulary must be closed. That’s why Sesame Workshop has partnered with the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation, known as the IICF, to launch Every Day is a Reading and Writing Day, a digital resource that will help children improve their reading and writing skills from an early age.

Every Day is  Reading and Writing Day includes videos, games, and activities for children and parents that will help young children develop the critical literacy abilities they need as they enter kindergarten. It also includes tips for parents, caregivers and volunteers who are looking for effective ways to encourage the children in their lives to read and write.

This wonderful multimedia educational tool wouldn’t be possible without the support of the IICF. Since 1994, the IICF has provided grants, volunteer service and leadership to communities throughout the country. By partnering with Sesame Workshop, the IICF’s commitment to improving literacy rates across America has found a furry and fun-filled expression online.

To learn more about the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation and all the work it does to support communities and enrich lives across the United States, click here. To explore the videos, games and other digital tools Sesame is using to increase literacy across the country, click here.

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October 10, 2013

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The State of STEM Education: an Online Panel

By Graydon Gordian


For years the United States’ position as a global leader in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – the STEM subjects – has been in jeopardy. Children in countries around the world are consistently outperforming U.S. students in the STEM subjects. According to the National Math and Science Initiative, 60 percent of the new jobs created in the coming years will require STEM-related skillsets that only 20 percent of the population possesses.

It is imperative that our children be better prepared to achieve academically and professionally in the fields of science and math. That is why, for years, teaching STEM has been a central element of Sesame Workshop’s curriculum. While we do not often associate the STEM subjects with early education, there are ways we can prepare our children for the type of critical thinking and curiosity that are essential if a person is going to achieve in science and math later on in life. That’s why Sesame Workshop created Little Discoverers: Big Fun with Science, Math and More, a digital, interactive destination will include games, engaging videos, and hands-on activities aimed at inspiring young children to laugh and smile while they incorporate STEM concepts into everyday moments.

As part of our effort to encourage STEM education at an early age, Rocio Galarza, Sesame Workshop’s senior director of family and community engagement, will be participating in an online panel hosted by Teach for America, titled “Opportunities in STEM Education.” We encourage you to join in on the conversation.

In order to view and participate in the webinar, which beings at 8 p.m. EST this evening, click here.

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September 27, 2013

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New Season of Sesame Square Launches in Nigeria

By Graydon Gordian


Kami, Zobi and the fun and furry Muppets of Sesame Square, the Nigerian version of the beloved Sesame Street, are back with a brand new season. The show, which first debuted in May, 2011, brings critical lessons about literacy, numeracy, girls’ empowerment, and health and hygiene to young children across the West African nation.

In a country where early childhood education is scarce and diseases such as malaria and HIV/AIDS are all too common, the educational lessons spread throughout Nigeria by Sesame Square are crucial. This new season features a brand new animated segment,  Adventures of Kami and Big Bird, while previous seasons of Sesame Square are currently being dubbed into Hausa, the predominant language in Northern Nigeria.   Read More

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September 24, 2013

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Sesame Street Brings STEM Education to the Web with Little Discoverers

By Graydon Gordian


In every child there is a little scientist, eager to explore the world around him or her. Merely throwing a rock or a paper boat into a pond to see whether it sinks or floats is in many ways a tiny little science investigation, capable of sparking a child’s imagination and bringing a smile to his or her face.

Yet despite the many ways in which children are naturally curious about science and nature, in the United States there is still a pressing need to improve education for the STEM subjects: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. While those may sound like advanced subjects, there is a growing body of evidence that suggests it is critical to introduce certain STEM concepts to children while they are young.

That is why Sesame Workshop is excited to announce the launch of Little Discoverers: Big Fun with Science, Math and More. This digital, interactive destination will include games, engaging videos, and hands-on activities aimed at inspiring young children to laugh and smile while they incorporate STEM concepts into everyday moments. And of course, no exploration of what makes science and math fun would be complete without some help from the beloved Sesame Street Muppets.  Read More

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September 16, 2013

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Season 44 of Sesame Street is Finally Here!

By Graydon Gordian


Season 44 of Sesame Street is finally here! The season, which launches today, is full of fun new additions to the neighborhood. Armando, played by Ismael Cruz Córdova, joins the cast and beloved Cookie Monster hosts a new segment: Crumby Pictures Presents.

The focus of Crumby Pictures Presents is our self-regulation curriculum. Self-regulation is a set of critical skills for preschoolers that affects children socially, behaviorally, and academically. Unfortunately, children often begin kindergarten without important skills such as being able to follow directions, stay on task with focused attention, and regulate their own emotions using concrete strategies. Kindergarten teachers report that over half of their students start school lacking good self-regulation abilities even though they are seen by many as being more essential for school readiness than academic skills such as counting or recognizing letters.

Fortunately, self-regulation skills can be taught during the preschool years and development of these skills happens rapidly. These skills and strategies are at the center of every laugh and lesson learned in Crumby Pictures Present, as well as many new online games produced by Sesame Workshop.

To learn more about Season 44 and all the laughs Cookie Monster, Armando, and the whole gang have in store, click here.

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Success for All and Sesame Workshop Partner to Create Sesame Content-based Pilot Program

By Graydon Gordian


High-quality early learning experiences at home and in school provide the foundation for children’s future academic success. From birth to age five, children are making giant developmental strides, more than at any other time in life. During this critical window, education is the key to unlocking their potential.

That’s why Success for All, America’s largest whole-school reform model for elementary schools, and Sesame Workshop have partnered on a pilot program that provides curriculum-based Sesame Street content to preschool children and their families in Success for All schools. Targeting 4-year-olds and starting this September, a variety of short Sesame Street segments chosen from the program’s 44-year history will be used in Success for All early childhood classes and also sent home as part of a daily “Home Links” program that reinforces the learning with child/parent co-viewing, a practice that helps children better retain the lessons being taught during the show.  Read More

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UnitedHealthcare and Sesame Workshop Partner to Promote Healthy Eating Habits

By Graydon Gordian


It’s not enough to just make healthy food choices for our children. We have to get them excited about healthy food like fruits and vegetables so that they establish lifelong healthy habits. That’s why UnitedHealthcare and Sesame Workshop have come together to produce a 30-second public service announcement (PSA) entitled “Eat a Rainbow.”

The segment, which features Dr. Reed V. Tuckson, Senior Medical Advisor to the United Health Foundation, and Sesame Street’s Abby Cadabby, encourages children to eat food that comes in a variety of colors: oranges, bananas, blueberries, green beans and tomatoes. By including all the colors of the rainbow, children can have fun while learning how to have a balanced diet. The PSA is part of Healthy Habits for Life, a partnership between Sesame Workshop and UnitedHealthcare that includes bilingual (English/Spanish) educational materials that encourage children to eat healthy and help parents make fruits and vegetables fun for their children.

To learn more about the work Sesame Workshop and UnitedHealthcare do to make sure children grow up healthy and happy, click here.

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August 12, 2013

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Me Want It (But Me Wait)

By Graydon Gordian


Last week Sesame Street released Cookie Monster’s latest spoof: a hilarious take on Icona Pop’s hit song “I Love It.” Sesame Street launches its 44th season on September 16th, 2013 with a new self-regulation and executive function curriculum. Cookie Monster, the poster-child for someone needing to master self-regulation skills, attempts to explain these concepts while devising personal strategies on waiting to eat a cookie.

Tune-in to a new season of Sesame Street beginning September 16th, 2013 on PBSKids!

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