Anytime Program: Sesame Street in Communities


  • In 2019, Sesame Workshop, in partnership with WNET, collaborated with WFSU Public Media to engage parents and educators with incredible content from the program’s Sesame Street in Communities (SSIC).

    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 well-being and success: early learning, health, and social and emotional well-being.

    The WFSU Education team hosts workshops with the Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida and the Early Learning Coalition of the Big Bend to share Sesame Street’s amazing resources. Our partners and childcare providers have become equipped to share what they have learned from these workshop experiences with their child, parent, and guardian stakeholders.

    The SSIC website features hundreds of bilingual multi-media tools and resources to help kids and families enrich and expand their knowledge from birth through six years, 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.

  • Some of the events and workshops we’ve been granted the opportunity to share with the North Florida region include:

    • Bay County’s Hurricane Michael Remembrance Event
      • WFSU was able to bring some Sesame Street magic to Bay County’s Hurricane Michael Remembrance Event, held on October 10th in Panama City. Over 1,000 books were shared with children of all ages throughout the evening and the highlights were visits and hugs with Sesame Street’s very own Abby Cadabby!
    • Sharing is Caring Workshop Series
      • We shared our tips for using SSIC resources in your classroom or home to help children ages 2-5 navigate big feelings and traumatic experiences through art activities, videos, stories, and games.
      •  Co-presenting with WGCU Public Media in Fort Myers, we shared SSIC resources to use in your classroom or home to help children ages 2-5. Topics included literacy, routines, and offering comfort, and we spent time discussing past experiences using SSIC resources and how we might use them in the future together in small groups. 
      • We were joined by a special guest speaker, Nicole Rainey, LMHC, ATR of Mosaic Creative Counseling. We spent the evening learning about art therapy methods while participating in hands-on art activities you can apply in your classroom and at home.