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.
“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.
The 2021 Daytime Emmy Awards drew five Sesame Workshop wins. “The Power of We: A Sesame Street Special” took home two awards in the Children's and Animation category: Outstanding Preschool, Children’s or Family Viewing Program and Outstanding Writing, honoring Geri Cole. The Emmys for Outstanding Technical Team and Outstanding Directing Team for a Preschool, Children’s or Family Viewing Program went to Sesame Street, while Helpsters was recognized for Outstanding Multiple Camera Editing in the Lifestyle Category.
Rosemary Palacios, Sesame Workshop’s inaugural and passionate Director of Talent Outreach, Inclusion, and Creative Development, was profiled by Kidscreen for her work to build a DEI strategy into all areas of Sesame production, from brainstorming to scripting, visual development, voice-overs, and beyond.
In a military child’s world, it’s common to see people of all races and backgrounds living, working, and playing together. These new Coming Together resources help families tap into that unique opportunity to talk openly about race and celebrate who they are inside and out.
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!
Licensing International shined a spotlight on Kerri Estreich, Senior Director of Licensing, for her success in spearheading exciting collaborations with like-minded, socially-conscious brands as she embraces and advances the Sesame Workshop mission of helping kids everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder.
A new Sesame Workshop study elevating the voices and views of children ages 6-11 and their parents found that the majority of children believe people of different races are not treated fairly in this country. Sesame Workshop’s “Coming Together: Family Reflections on Racism” study was conducted to better understand how the events of last summer were affecting and being perceived by children.
Headspace and Sesame Workshop have teamed up to create “Goodnight, World!”—a podcast for children and families using meditation and mindfulness techniques. With stories, soothing soundscapes and more, “Goodnight, World!” can help little ones feel secure and relaxed as they transition from their active days to naptime or bedtime.
The beloved South African children’s show is back with a new season focused on diversity and inclusion. All-new episodes filled with playful learning feature Elmo, Zuzu, Kami, and friends having new adventures and embracing the message of “Ubuntu”—I am because we are—by learning that everyone is unique and special in their own way.
As part of our global initiative with SC Johnson, we’re releasing new videos and tools to foster curiosity and encourage kids and caregivers to explore science through everyday questions. Sesame Street friends like Elmo and Ernie add fun and bring the learning to life.
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.