Sesame Street and The Electric Company unveiled a new collection of resources for military families. The innovative materials are designed to help elementary school-aged children and families stay connected and communicate during times of tremendous change and uncertainty.
Both Sesame Street and The Electric Company are productions of Sesame Workshop, which designed the materials for the program. The new resources are being provided to military families in cooperation with the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury.
The new resources include:
FamiliesNearAndFar.org – a free bilingual website designed for military families
Feel Electric! – a free mobile app, available on the App Store, that encourages children to explore and express their emotions
The Electric Company Extended Learning Program – afterschool tools for educators, filled with literacy and math-based lesson plans, games, activities and tips.
Content will be distributed beginning in mid-November through multiple military channels, including Department of Defense Education Activity Educational Partnership Program, Boys & Girls Clubs of America-affiliated Youth Centers and other programs that support military families.
“Sesame Street and The Electric Company are thrilled to introduce Military Families Near and Far, which expands our Military Families Initiative to elementary school children and their parents,” said H. Melvin Ming, president and CEO of Sesame Workshop. “During this month of the military family, I can’t think of a better way to renew our commitment to military families and to let them know we care and are here to help.”
“The latest addition to the Sesame Street materials for military families, Military Families Near and Far, is a tremendous resource for our military families. These new tools will continue to help parents and kids connect, share, thrive and learn different ways to become more resilient as a military family,” said Navy Capt. Paul S. Hammer, Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury director.
Photo: (Left to right) Joint Base Myer Henderson-Hall Commander Army Col. Carl R. Coffman, Jessica from The Electric Company, Gordon from Sesame Street, Abby Cadabby from Sesame Street, Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Director Navy Capt. Paul S. Hammer, H. Melvin Ming, President and CEO, Sesame Workshop, Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Principal Director of Military Community and Family Policy Charles Milam and Shock from The Electric Company all came together to help showcase Sesame Workshop’s newest resources for military families!