Sesame Workshop has announced it will offer a variety of free content resources to help children and families during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The announcement comes as part of Sesame Workshop’s Caring for Each Other initiative, which aims to help support families as they cope with social distancing measures and school closures during the pandemic. Sesame Workshop’s initiative features resources designed to help parents provide comfort, help with creating routines, foster playful learning at home and stay physically and mentally healthy. Resources being offered as part of the initiative include new content featuring the “Sesame Street” Muppets sharing positive messages and playful learning activities. Virtual play dates will also debut soon as part of the initiative.
“Around the world, young children’s lives are being turned upside down, and parents and caregivers are looking for ways to give their children – and themselves – a sense of stability in this new normal,” says Dr. Rosemarie Truglio, senior vice president, curriculum and content, Sesame Workshop. “But there are things parents and caregivers can do to face each day with optimism. ‘Sesame Street’ is here to provide the caring adults in children’s lives with the resources they need to help children and foster their healthy development at home.”
Sesame Workshop is also creating new content on topics like handwashing, coughing or sneezing properly and the idea that taking good care of yourself means taking good care of others. Content will be available in the U.S. and globally in a wide range of languages and released in the coming weeks.
The website SesameStreet.org/caring will be regularly updated to meet the needs of families as the global situation evolves. Families can also watch “Sesame Street” episodes on HBO, PBS stations and the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel, with an expanded offering of free on-demand episodes of “Sesame Street” on PBS KIDS digital platforms. Additionally, more than 110 free “Sesame Street” e-books are available on all major e-book platforms.