The number of children with an incarcerated parent has increased nearly 80% in the past 20 years. Nearly 2.7 million children have a parent in state or federal prison, yet few resources exist to support young children and families with this life-changing circumstance. In response, Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, unveils its newest, bilingual (English/Spanish) initiative, Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration, for families with young children, ages 3 through 8, who have an incarcerated parent and continue to develop skills for resilience. This resource will only be distributed through targeted outlets in communities by organizations, partners and individuals who reach these families.
Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration is designed to:
Reassure your child by surrounding her with reliable people and daily activities. Encourage her to share her feelings.
It's important to tell your child the truth about his parent's incarceration. It's the best way to help him feel loved and cared for.
When you involve the incarcerated parent in your child's life, you show your child that she will always be cared for.
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