In celebration of Sesame Street’s fiftieth anniversary in 2019, Sesame Workshop, in partnership with WNET, WFSU Public Media is one of 10 PBS stations selected to be part of this national Station Engagement Initiative.
WFSU is hosting workshops with the Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida and the Early Learning Coalition of the Big Bend to share the amazing resources available free through Sesame Street in Communities. We are both partnering with and training The Coalition staff trainers, and once trained, they can independently facilitate workshops and use the resources in the years to come. Our partners and childcare providers can share what they have learned from these workshop experiences and share with their littles, their parents and guardians.
Sesame Street in Communities is a Sesame Workshop initiative that provides tools and resources to empower parents, caregivers, and service providers to support children in key areas that are critical for children’s wellbeing and success: early learning, health, and socio-emotional well-being.
The target audiences for SSIC materials and training include early childhood educators, childcare providers, program directors and coordinators, health care professionals, local community leaders, faith leaders, child care referral agencies, and more.
The SSIC web site at https://sesamestreetincommunities.org features hundreds of bilingual multi-media tools and resources to help kids and families enrich and expand their knowledge during the years of birth through six, a critical window for brain development.
The resources—including printable activities, informational articles, videos, and workshop plans—engage both kids and adults in everyday moments and daily routines—from teaching early math and literacy concepts, to encouraging families to eat nutritious foods, to serious topics such as trauma and resilience. Sesame Workshop is committed to continually adding content to the site to meet the changing needs of communities.
WFSU was also able to bring some Sesame Street magic to Bay Counties Hurricane Michael Remembrance Event, help on October 10th in Panama City. Over 1,000 books were shared with children of all ages throughout the evening and the highlight were visits and hugs with Sesame Street Walk Around Character, Abby Cadabby!