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Little Children, Big Challenges - Sesame Workshop

Wednesday - December 30, 2015

Little Children, Big Challenges - Sesame Workshop

Little Children, Big Challenges  -  Sesame Workshop


Young children face new challenges at every age and stage—that's why it's so important to help them build the skills they need to become resilient. With self-confidence and the ability to express themselves, little ones will be able to handle whatever may come their way…and will just keep getting stronger.  Little Children, Big Challenges, the newest installment of a multiyear, bilingual community engagement initiative, seeks to help children ages 2-5 in military, veteran and general public families build important resilience and perseverance skills that allow them to overcome challenges large and small.  One of the most important factors in building these skills is the presence of a caring, supportive adult. This is why this new initiative is providing tools for adults to use with children to empower them to transform everyday challenges into opportunities of supporting children’s development and growth, and thrive.

Project Overview

Resilience is the ability to cope with and overcome challenges. As children come to understand their feelings and learn to solve problems, they build important resilience skills that help them each day. Current research shows that resilience is not only innate but that children can successfully develop resilience skills that can impact their well-being and future success. One of the most important factors in building these skills is the presence of a caring, supportive adult who can help a young child cope with challenges, both big and small. 

The Little Children, Big Challenges initiative is designed to:

  • introduce the skills and strategies young children (ages 2-5) need to build resilience and persevere through day-to-day challenges, such as: beating the bedtime blues, trying new things, learning from mistakes, making new friends, not being able to do something yet, and resolving problems between friends; and significant transitions and situations, such as: mean or aggressive behavior, sibling rivalry, and relocation
  • provide parents, caregivers, and educators with activities and positive routines to help foster young children’s resilience on a daily basis.

Initiative Components

  • Bilingual, multimedia resource kits, including Sesame Street DVD and Family Guide
  • Educator Activity Guide 
  • Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame Mobile App 
  • Online toolkit 
  • YouTube videos
  • Resources on Facebook
  • Podcasts
  • Promotional resources

Major support for Little Children, Big Challenges is provided by BAE Systems. Generous support is provided by The Prudential Foundation, Department of Veterans Affairs, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, the USO, and the Military Child Education Coalition. To learn more about these resources, e-mail Sesame Street at challenges@sesame.org.  For press inquiries, contact Pam Hacker at pam.hacker@sesame.org. 



Full article and project information available at http://www.sesameworkshop.org/press-room/resilience/

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