This summer, Sesame Street began tackling the issue of kids with parents in jail and introduced a new character, Alex, who has a dad in prison.
The number of children with an incarcerated parent has increased nearly 80 percent in the past 20 years, according to a Sesame Street press release. Nearly 2.7 million children have a parent in state or federal prison, yet few resources exist to support young children and families with this life-changing circumstance, according to the release. In response, Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, unveiled its newest, bilingual (English/Spanish) initiative, Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration, for families with young children ages 3–8 who have an incarcerated parent. This resource will only be distributed through targeted outlets in communities by organizations, partners and individuals who reach these families.