Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration (Sesame Street toolkit) The incarceration of a loved one can be very overwhelming for both children and caregivers. It can bring about big changes and transitions. In simple everyday ways, you can comfort your child and guide her through these tough moments. With your love and support she can get through anything that comes her way. Here are some tools to help you with the changes your child is going through.
Mama Loves Me from Away “Mama Loves Me from Away” is about a young girl who shares a special connection with her incarcerated mother through storytelling.
My Daddy is in Jail "My Daddy is in Jail" includes a read-aloud story, discussion guide, caregiver suggestions and optional small group counseling activities. This resource can be used one-on-one or in a group setting.
Sesame Street in Communities: Incareration (YouTube) Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration, a bilingual (English/Spanish) multimedia initiative, provides much-needed resources to support and comfort young children throughout their parents' incarceration.
The Invisible String “The Invisible String” is a very simple approach to overcoming the fear of loneliness or separation with an imaginative flair that young children can easily identify with and remember.
Visiting Day “Visiting Day” is about a little girl and her grandmother who take a long bus ride to visit her father who is in prison.
When a Parent Goes to Jail “When a Parent Goes to Jail” is a resource to help children of incarcerated parents cope with the traumas they face - physical, emotional, and social stigmas and feelings of guilt, anger, fear and shame - and guide them in making wiser life choices.