All kids need strong individual and group identities, but racism harms the healthy development of both....and hurts our entire society. It's more important than ever for families to talk about--and find ways to stand up against--racism. Sesame Workshop is releasing new resources to help providers and families have these crucial conversations.
The "ABC's of Racial Literacy" is part of Coming Together, Sesame Workshop's ongoing commitment to racial justice. Designed to provide families with the tools they need to build racial literacy and have open conversations with young children (as well as engage allies and advocates to become upstanders against racism), Coming Together includes a racial justice educational framework, ongoing research, and a rolling release of new content.
You can visit SSIC.org/Racial-Justice for the first wave of resources, all designed to help families celebrate their own unique identities, while also providing age-appropriate language and strategies to answer sometimes-tough questions around race and racism.
In one video featuring two new Muppets, 5-year-old Wes and his father, Elijah, Elmo wants to know why Wes's skin is brown. Elijah explains the concept of melanin and how skin color is an important part of who we are. In another, the Sesame Street Muppets and friends celebrate their unique identities in new song. Additional resources include documentary videos featuring real families talking about their experiences, whole-family activities, and talking points and conversation starters.
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Our mission-to help kids everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder--remains, and we will continue to speak out for racial justice. We believe that together we can create a better world for all.
The Sesame Street in Communities Team
More to read, listen and play is coming soon from across the Workshop to continue the conversation as part of Coming Together. In the coming year, Sesame Workshop will release additional Sesame Street in Communites resources made possible by the generous support of donors including PNC Foundation, USAA, and the Joan Ganz Cooney Fund for Vulnerable Children. SesameWorkshop.org/ComingTogether will be regularly updated with new content for children and families promoting racial justice.
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