Sesame Street Teaches Kids About Incarceration

Considering that the United States has the highest documented incarceration rate in the world, at 754 per 100,000 (as of 2009) (Jesus), this is probably a much-needed resource.

Sesame Street put together a kit as part of their Little Children, Big Challenges program. It aims to provide "much-needed resources for families with young children (ages 3-8) as they encounter the difficult changes and transitions that come with a parent's incarceration." Included are tips for parents and/or caretakers who are not in prison, how to help preserve a relationship between an incarcerated parent and child, and videos starring a young muppet named Alex whose dad is in jail.

They say:

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.

Sunny days, chasing the clouds away. Thanks, Sesame Street.

[Sesame Street via Reason]