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July 01, 2013

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Let’s Get Ready! How Partnerships Enable us to Effect Change Around the World

By Anita Stewart


Anita Stewart is the Senior Vice President of Global Strategic Partnerships and Development here at Sesame Workshop.

Natural disasters affect children and families all over the world. When they happen, they are inevitably difficult and confusing, especially for young children. For years, Sesame Workshop  has developed materials for young children in their families centered around emergency preparedness for this exact reason. We can’t predict when a disaster will strike, but if children know what to do and families have a plan, the fears from being caught off-guard can be mitigated.

Children everywhere are affected by emergencies. Take, for example, the over 100 million children under the age of seven in China. That’s more than the entire population of Canada, Chile, and Spain — grown-ups included! — combined. Emergency preparedness is just as important for them as it is for children anywhere else, and to fulfill our philanthropic mission, the team here at Sesame needs to find ways to help them.  Read More

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June 24, 2013

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Sesame Street Swings by the Library

By Ariel Birdoff


The Publishing Group's Karen Halpenny reads to children at the New York Public Library.

Ariel Birdoff has been a member of the Sesame Workshop Publishing Group for more than eight years.

As part of Sesame’s Count Me In volunteer program, the Workshop’s Publishing Group is spending two Friday mornings a month in the company of preschoolers, caregivers, and librarians at the nearby Riverside Branch of the New York Public Library, just up the block! As lovers of books and champions of children’s literacy, we wanted to find a way to spend some of our volunteer hours working with both books and children. We were very lucky to find children’s librarian Rachel Evans and her beautiful children’s room so close by. To be able to help out in our own neighborhood feels extra special!  Read More

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June 17, 2013

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Sesame Visits Families at Rikers Island

By Graydon Gordian


The 2.7 million children in the United States with an incarcerated parent are in a uniquely difficult situation. They feel a number of complex emotions: sadness, shame, guilty, anger. Yet they often don’t feel they are allowed to talk about their experience, partly because the adults in their life oftentimes don’t know how to talk about the experience either. That’s why Sesame Workshop launched Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration, a multimedia, bi-lingual (English/Spanish) outreach initiative with stories featuring Sesame Street’s beloved characters that help children feel reassured, loved and supported.  Read More

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June 13, 2013

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An Inside Look at In-School Testing

By Courtney Wong


Courtney Wong is a research specialist for Sesame Workshop’s Department of Education and Research.

Sesame Street content has been exploding on the digital market with new apps and website games for your preschoolers! With the ever-expanding digital landscape of design and technology possibilities, we must keep learning and adapting our work. Handheld touch devices and apps did not even exist when we were kids, so we need all the help we can get!  Read More

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June 12, 2013

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‘They Need to Know They are Loved': Centerforce’s Carol Burton on Sesame Workshop’s Incarceration Initiative

By Graydon Gordian


The number of children with an incarcerated parent has increased nearly 80% in the past 20 years. Nearly 2.7 million children have a parent in state or federal prison, yet few resources exist to support young children and families coping with this life-changing circumstance. Children need tools to express emotions, while their caregivers need help maintaining routines and establishing age-appropriate communication around incarceration. That’s why Sesame Workshop has created Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration, a new outreach initiative.

This bilingual, multimedia initiative includes material that can help young children with an incarcerated parent find support, comfort and reduced levels of anxiety and sadness, as well as provides parents and care-givers with strategies, tips, and age-appropriate language they can use to help communicate with their children about incarceration.

The Little Children, Big Challenges initiative, which includes efforts to address the loss of a parent, divorce, incarceration and other difficult situations young children face, grew out of Sesame Workshop’s Military Families initiative.

To learn more about why children with incarcerated parents are in need of support, Sesame Workshop sat down with Carol F. Burton, executive director of Centerforce, a non-profit dedicated to supporting individuals and families impacted by incarceration. Ms. Burton also served as an advisor to Sesame Workshop during the development of the Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration initiativeRead More

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June 05, 2013

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Cookbooks for Kids in the Age of the App

By Pamela Thomas


Pam Thomas is an editor in Sesame Workshop’s Book Publishing department and the author of several cookbooks.

Cooking with kids is not only an excellent way to find delectable  “quality time” with the family, it’s a perfect tactic for sneaking in teachable moments, all while  mixing up a batch of good-for-you muffins!  How about math: How many cookies make a dozen?  Or science: Why does butter melt when it’s put over heat? How does a cake rise when it’s put in an oven?  Literacy: What foods begin with the letter “C”?  And even a bit of etiquette: Let’s set a pretty table for supper! Or, let’s take a plate of cookies to the nice lady who lives next door!

And then, of course, there’s the whole issue of good health as it relates to food. Research has shown that Sesame Street’s furry, friendly, familiar characters can have a powerful influence over young children, guiding them to develop positive eating habits and to delight in exercise—strong ingredients for lifelong health. Sesame Street’s ongoing initiative, “Healthy Habits for Life,” proves that young children are more interested in healthy foods and good eating practices when these subjects are reinforced in fun, creative, colorful, and active ways.  That’s what Sesame Street cookbooks have strived to achieve. Read More

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June 04, 2013

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Sesame Street Teams up with the National Park Service

By Graydon Gordian


America’s national parks are some of its greatest treasures. There is so much for young children to learn and explore when they visit them. Elmo, Murray and the rest of the Sesame Street gang have always loved spending time at national parks, and they think it’s about time more kids across the country joined in on the fun. That’s why Sesame Workshop, the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation have teamed up to create Sesame Street Explores National Parks, a multimedia parks experience for children ages 3-5, their families and educators. The project aims to help children learn more about science and the environment whether they are in a national park, a local park or even their own backyard. Read More

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Being Here for Each Other in Oklahoma

By Mindy Brooks


Mindy Brooks is Director of Education and Research for Sesame Workshop.

My first vivid memory of a tornado was the day my sister was born. I was 4 years old, it was nighttime, and I was alone with my grandmother who spent the majority of her adult years in Papua New Guinea. I vividly remember hearing the voice of Gary England (an Oklahoma meteorologist) giving advice about the storm and telling us to quickly take cover. To my preschool brain it was targeted solely for us and our house. I remember the panic my grandma expressed as she was new to tornados. I remember talking about how to take cover, securing the mattress over us in the bathtub, and holding on to her. And, even more vividly, I remember the feeling of fear that my parents weren’t there to protect me. Read More

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Bangladeshi Filmmaking Program Teaches Kids to Teach us

By Kara Koch


Kara Koch is the Production Coordinator in Sesame Workshop’s International Creative department. She works on co-productions in Bangladesh, Indonesia, India, Israel, South Africa, and the Gulf.

Screening and dissecting videos. Writing treatments. Operating a camera, microphone, and light board. Taking written and oral exams.

You might think these are things only college students would be doing in an advanced film course, but if you are a 12-year-old kid in Bangladesh’s Rural Live Action Film Program, they are just the sort of skills you will learn to master in just a few months. Read More

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May 30, 2013

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Sesame Workshop’s 11th Annual Benefit Gala

By Sesame Workshop


George Stephanopoulos and Ali Wentworth hosted Sesame Workshop’s 11th Annual Benefit Gala celebrating the organization’s commitment to early childhood education. The event honored Susie Buffett, chair of The Sherwood Foundation, and Qualcomm’s chairman and CEO, Dr. Paul Jacobs, accepted the corporate leadership award. Photo credit: Clint Spaulding.

George Stephanopoulos and Ali Wentworth

Sesame Workshop founder, Joan Ganz Cooney, at the organization’s 11th Annual Benefit Gala celebrating its commitment to early childhood education. The event honored Susie Buffett, chair of The Sherwood Foundation, and Qualcomm’s chairman and CEO, Dr. Paul Jacobs, accepted the corporate leadership award. Photo credit: Clint Spaulding.

Sesame Street founder Joan Ganz Cooney

 

Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, chairman and CEO of Qualcomm, and his daughter, Jessica, attended Sesame Workshop’s 11th Annual Benefit Gala celebrating the organization’s commitment to early childhood education. The event honored Susie Buffett, chair of The Sherwood Foundation, and Qualcomm. Photo credit: Clint Spaulding.

Dr. Paul E. Jacobs and his daughter Jessica Jacobs

At Sesame Workshop’s 11th Annual Benefit Gala on Wednesday, we were proud to honor both an individual and an organization that champion the importance of early education and work to ensure young children from all walks of life are prepared for school.

Susie Buffett, Chairman of the Sherwood Foundation, received the Global Leadership Award for her commitment to increasing public awareness of the need to invest in educational resources for preschool children at all economic levels. Qualcomm Incorporated received the Corporate Leadership Award for its commitment to leveraging the power of mobile technology to educate children around the globe in new, impactful ways. The award was accepted by Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, Qualcomm’s Chairman and CEO.

Susie Buffett, chair of The Sherwood Foundation, was honored Sesame Workshop’s 11th Annual Benefit Gala celebrating the organization’s commitment to early childhood education. Photo Credit: Clint Spaulding.

Susie Buffett and Oscar.

To learn more about Susie Buffett and the Sherwood Foundation, click here. To learn more about Qualcomm and all the work they do to support the innovative edge of Sesame Workshop’s mission of global education, click here.

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