Children with autism often face challenges, and the diagnosis is commonly misunderstood. So our “Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children” initiative continues to expand, supporting children and families with free resources, many featuring Elmo’s friend Julia—the Sesame Street friend with autism who is a beloved member of the community. This fall, our “We’re Amazing 1,2,3” storybook comes out in Mandarin and Cantonese—and a brand-new animation created by artists on the autism spectrum follows Julia as she learns how being flexible can help us face our fears.
As part of Sesame Workshop’s long-term commitment to racial justice, we’ve expanded our “Coming Together” work with new bilingual videos and resources to help families have open and honest conversations with children around race, provide strategies to cope with racial trauma, and engage allies and advocates to become upstanders against racism. The resources are part of our “Sesame Street in Communities” initiative.
Almost 80 million people are displaced worldwide – over 31 million of whom are children. As the pandemic continues, displaced families face even greater risk. While continuing to deliver critical early learning to children affected by the Syrian and Rohingya refugee crises, we’re working with partners like the IRC, the LEGO Foundation, and BRAC to bring hope and opportunity to a generation of refugee children, wherever they may be.
Ahlan Simsim, the groundbreaking Arabic-language show reaching children across the Middle East, was nominated for the International Emmy Award in the Kids: Factual & Entertainment category. The nomination was a historic first for Sesame Workshop and our production partners, Jordan Pioneers.
Elmo and Cookie Monster are back with a new season of The Not-Too-Late Show that puts playtime front and center! Families can play along at home as kid contestants and celebrity visitors take part in silly games and challenges that offer countless opportunities for playful learning.
The Sesame Street Virtual Fun Run will be held from November 8 - December 3, and we’d love for you to join in the fun. Celebrating Elmo’s new adopted puppy, Tango, the Sesame Street-themed run supports the Sesame Workshop Yellow Feather Fund, helping us bring learning and resources to vulnerable children around the world. Anyone can participate--individuals of all ages, experience levels, and abilities are most welcome, and online registration is now open.
Sesame Workshop and the PSEG Foundation have launched “Little Neighbors: Building a Better World Together,” new bilingual resources to help children learn ways to be a good neighbor and what it means to be a member of a community. Free videos, activities, and a storybook featuring the Sesame Street Muppets encourage children to act with concern, respect, and kindness for others.
Who’s furry, friendly, and found her “forever home?” It’s Tango! She makes her debut in the animated special Furry Friends Forever: Elmo Gets a Puppy, where Elmo and Grover discover a sweet, stray pup and embark on an adventure to find the pet adoption fair, with Cookie Monster, Abby, and Oscar joining the fun. Tango will be featured in new books, toys, apparel, healthy snacks, and much more. Welcome, Tango!
“Through Our Eyes,” Sesame Workshop’s first documentary series, spotlights the perspectives of children experiencing some of the most challenging issues facing families today—homelessness, parental incarceration, military caregiving, and climate displacement. Designed for adult co-viewing with kids 9 and older, the four 30-minute films are now available on HBO Max.
Sesame Workshop has teamed up with the Ad Council for a series of PSAs featuring Elmo, his dad Louie, and Sesame Street friends, all to encourage adults to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Fun new spots including “I’ll Be Seeing U,” performed by the Letter U, remind viewers that vaccines for grownups are readily available and can lead to sunnier days ahead.