Sesame Workshop Launches Resources to Help Families Build Foundation of Resilience 

Free online courses for providers and digital storybooks for children teach children how to stay resilient and thrive in their communities. 
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January 20, 2022

Alex the Muppet in the "Bounce Back" storybook
Sesame Workshop

Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit company behind "Sesame Street," is launching new bilingual resources made possible by UnitedHealthcare to help children build resilience and thrive in their communities. The new Sesame Street in Communities content includes a course to help providers and caregivers implement new resilience resources with the children they serve.   

Available in English and Spanish, the new package of resources is free for all parents and providers at


  • Roads to Resilience: an online course tailored to help providers, including healthcare workers, educators, and housing and social service providers, implement new resilience resources. This course highlights the role that providers play in the lives of young children and families while equipping them with tools and new ideas to foster their professional development.   

    • Three new storybooks on resilience featuring "Sesame Street" Muppets Karli, Lily, and Alex "Monster Dash," featuring Karli, is about dealing with change; "Looking for Special" features Lily and teaches confidence; while "Bounce Back" with Alex encourages practicing persistence—three key ingredients to building resilience.  

      • New printed versions of "Monster Moments" storybooks about celebrating milestones, including tips for parents and caregivers  


        "These past few years have been tough on families everywhere, and, now more than ever, it is important for families and providers to help children build resilience and healthy communities together," says Dr. Jeanette Betancourt, senior vice president, U.S. social impact, Sesame Workshop. "We know that access to health-related information and resources can often be difficult and overwhelming, and Sesame Workshop is committed to connecting families with the tools they need to establish a foundation

        of healthy habits with their children."   

        The new resources are based on formative research and build upon an existing content library that aims to improve the well-being of young children and families—especially those from historically marginalized communities—by helping them build a strong foundation for lifelong healthy habits.  

        "The past two years have highlighted how important resiliency is as a necessary life skill, particularly for children as they adjust to changing environments," says Tim Spilker, chief executive officer, UnitedHealthcare Community and State. "We are honored to collaborate with Sesame Workshop to bring these important resources to caregivers and health and social service providers to help children live healthier lives."    

        Accessible to families and providers online for free, new resources will be distributed through UnitedHealthcare's network of healthcare providers and "Sesame Street" in Communities' partners.    


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