Sesame Street in Communities
We’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with Sesame Street In Communities to bring you the resources you need to get through these tough times. Sesame Street in Communities builds on an almost 50-year commitment to addressing kids’ developmental, physical, and emotional needs. The time-tested research model and thorough testing with families and providers ensures that these resources have a measurable impact in the lives of parents and children.
Resources for Families and Professionals
Sesame Street in Communities specializes in providing age-appropriate and engaging resources for families with young children and the professionals who work with them. Here we highlight just a few of the videos and materials that are available to you.
When a family member struggles with addiction, the whole family struggles. Children often think it’s their fault; they feel shame, embarrassment, guilt, and loneliness; they may feel invisible. It takes special effort to start important conversations and answer children’s questions. But parents, teachers, caregivers, and other caring adults can comfort children and guide them through difficult moments. With love and support, the family can cope with the challenges of addiction together.
Everyday life is full of challenges big and small! When you give children the tools to overcome obstacles, you help them learn and grow. Providing your love and support through everyday challenges is the first and most important step in helping kids develop the confidence to overcome anything they face.
Community and Gun Violence
It’s hard to know how to help young children understand and cope with violence, especially when they witness it frequently in their own communities. But there are ways to help them feel safer and more secure—and build hope for a kinder, more peaceful future.
Health Emergencies Age 2 to 6 4-10 Min
Big changes like going back to school can bring big feelings, too. When you help children express and understand their emotions, you’re helping set them up for success in so many ways. And when you communicate about your feelings as a family, you can work to overcome problems, strengthen relationships, and just have fun together. In simple everyday ways, your family can learn to handle feelings, big and small.
Resilience Age 2 to 6 1-4 Min
Each sibling develops at his or her own pace. Older children might have a sense of how to cooperate and share, while younger children aren’t as good at taking turns. It can be tough for an older child to accept that a younger sibling “just doesn’t know how yet.”
I Can Be Patient
Resilience Age 0 to 6 1-4 Min
Five minutes can feel like an hour to a child! Being patient can be difficult for anyone—especially kids—but with strategies for keeping busy, waiting can be made a little easier.
Watch the video together and point out to kids some of the strategies kids use to be patient. The next time children have to wait, try one out. You might count things around you, do a dance, or play a game of I Spy!