The Craig Fahle Show

Sesame Street Helps Kids with Parents in Jail

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Photo: Sesame Workshop/Gil Vaknin Senior Vice President for Outreach and Educational Practices at Sesame Workshop Dr. Jeanette Betancourt and Craig discuss the programs latest series, targeted to help children cope with incarcerated parents.

Nearly 2.7 million Children have a parent in state or federal prison. Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration is a program designed to provide support and comfort and to reduce anxiety and confusion in young children (ages 3-8) during the incarceration of a parent.

The program also hopes to provide caregivers with strategies and appropriate language to communicate with children about incarceration and inform incarcerated parents about ways they can parent while imprisoned.

Do you know any children with incarcerated parents? What do you think helps them cope?