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
Celia Ruiz is a bilingual community outreach specialist for UnitedHealthcare Community and State in Overland Park, Kansas. Through her work she uses Sesame Street’s Food for Thought kit and was kind enough to write about it. To learn more about the ways Sesame Workshop promotes healthy eating in under-served communities, click here.
I work for UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Kansas. We have partnered with Sesame Street’s Food for Thought program as a way to help our families live healthier lives. I have been fortunate enough to present this program to children and their families in medical clinics, health departments, Head Start programs and community events. Read More
Ander Pearce and his family
Sesame Street’s newest community engagement initiative, Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration, was created to comfort and reassure children who have an incarcerated parent as well as provide language and guidance to their caregivers. Since its release, the initiative has been making a real impact on the lives of families and children affected by incarceration across the country. In order to get these materials into the hands of those families that need them most, Sesame Workshop partnered with the Florida Department of Corrections, the third largest corrections system in the United States, to distribute these resources. We recently participated in two events to help distribute incarceration kits to families in Florida: an event produced in partnership with the Florida Department of Corrections at Polk Correctional Facility on July 13th, and an event produced in partnership with Bridges of America at the Orlando Bridge Transition Center on August 10th.
Life-sized versions of our beloved Sesame Street characters came to both events and helped make the day especially memorable for inmates and their families. In order to share just how special these events can be, we asked Ander Pearce, an inmate at the Orlando Bridge Transition Center, to write about the experience he and his family had at the August 10th event with Bridges of America. The Workshop would like to thank Mr. Pearce for taking the time to contribute to our blog. Read More
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.
We all know that huge benefits come with getting your kids outdoors. Being outside provides an outlet for limitless energy and feeds ravenous curiosity, and studies have shown it may even improve performance in school. Yet, children today spend only half as much time in unstructured outdoor activity as their parents did when they were growing up. Getting outside can be a fun-filled way to inject learning and healthy activity into a child’s life, two things that our new partner,Sesame Street, is always eager to encourage.
If you’re looking for a sunny spot to visit, why not pack up the car and head to a national park where just-for-kids programs abound. Whether it is a day trip, an overnight or a week-long camp out, young explorers will find ample opportunities for adventure in America’s national parks. They can watch bears, deer, and hawks amid sequoias in the Sierras; learn the basic camping skills needed to spend a night outdoors under the stars; or explore centuries-old stone and log dwellings to discover how our ancestors lived – all the while nurturing a love for nature and history that will stay with them always.
To jump start the planning of our family’s national park adventure, the National Park Foundation, the official non-profit partner of the National Park Service, offers Parks for Play, a free, informational download. Discover helpful tips and insider info about park programs and activities perfect for all ages. Download your copy today. It’s free!
For even more inspiration about the fun to be had in national parks, watch and see what Elmo, Murray and the Sesame Street gang discover when they teamed up with the National Park Foundation and the National Park Service to explore the parks. Watch and see how your kids can share the same experiences.
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 initiative. Read More
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
Dr. JoAnne Pedro-Carroll and Lynn Chwatsky.
Divorce is one of the most common transitions young children experience today, with ultimately 40 percent of all children experiencing the divorce of their parents. Join Sesame Workshop’s Lynn Chwatsky, VP of Educational Outreach Initiatives and Partners, and clinical psychologist, child specialist, and author Dr. JoAnne Pedro-Carroll on May 20 at 9 a.m. as they discuss Sesame Street’s newest educational outreach initiative, Little Children, Big Challenges: Divorce. Learn how Sesame Street’s videos, storybook, caregiver guide, Sesame Street: Divorce app, and online resources can be used to help families with young children (ages 2–8) as they encounter the tough transitions that come with divorce and separation.
To watch a replay of the webinar, click here.
April is the month of the military child, and as it comes to a close we want to provide you with some information to help illuminate the experiences of children in military families. It’s important to remember both the unique challenges children from military families face and the resilience skills they possess that help them to thrive when facing those challenges. Sesame Workshop remains committed to providing military families with the resources they need to ensure their children achieve their highest potential.
David Cohen is the director of domestic research for Sesame Workshop.
When my friend tried to explain her divorce to her 8-year-old niece, her niece reflected “It’s going to take me awhile to process this.” Her niece’s reaction might be considered precocious, but it also shows the deep emotions children grapple with when faced with such a life altering effect.
Young children need ongoing and sensitive help from trusted adults who approach this event in age appropriate ways. In fact, young children are at risk of having more adjustment problems than older children, since they are still in the early process of developing the coping skills necessary to deal with all the changes associated with divorce. They also often blame themselves for the divorce or feel that it is their responsibility to bring their parents back together. Read More