In response to the widespread uncertainty during the global COVID-19 outbreak, Sesame Workshop unveiled new plans for a range of new, original Sesame Street content to entertain, educate, and comfort kids, parents, and caregivers.
The nonprofit organization will offer a variety of free resources to assist families during the current pandemic through its “Caring for Each Other” initiative. New kid-friendly content will feature the show’s Muppets sharing messages of love and kindness, fun learning activities, and virtual play dates. New content will take on topics such as handwashing, the proper way to cough or sneeze, and the best way to take care of yourself and others. This new slate of global programming will be available in the coming weeks.
There will also be resources available to help parents provide comfort to kids and manage anxiety and new at-home challenges, including creating routines, fostering engaged learning from home, and tips to stay physically and mentally healthy.
“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 Sesame Workshop Senior Vice President for Curriculum and Content Dr. Rosemarie Truglio. “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.”
Resources are available online at sesamestreet.org/caring and on PBS stations. In addition, families can watch show episodes on HBO, PBS, and PBS Kids with more on-demand programs available on PBS Kids digital platforms. Also, more than 110 free Sesame Street ebooks will be available on Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble Nook, Google Play, and Kobo for families to read.