The youngest children are often overlooked in discussions about mental health — but there’s growing evidence that young children are struggling, now more than ever.
Last year, the American Academy of Pediatrics and other groups took the unprecedented step of declaring a mental health emergency among our nation’s children. During the pandemic, many young children missed out on opportunities to develop essential skills for long-term emotional health.
That’s why we’re redoubling our efforts to address the emotional well-being of all young children and their families, with new resources that celebrate joyful everyday moments, teach children the skills they need to understand and express their feelings, and help parents and community providers recognize the signs of more serious mental health challenges. Our beloved characters make this topic approachable in the way that only Sesame can.
You play an important role in helping children explore their feelings… and in building a strong foundation of emotional well-being.
Me & My Grown-Up
A song celebrating the important relationships between children and their trusted grown-ups.
Me & My Grown-Up Lyrics
Printable lyrics to a song celebrating the important relationships between children and their trusted grown-ups.
My Grown-Up Cares
Explore the many ways in which children benefit from their relationships with caring adults.
My Feelings Garden
Help children explore and talk about different feelings.
The Feelings Garden
A video to help children explore — and learn to take care of — different feelings.
I Notice, I Feel, I Can
A three-step plan to help children manage challenging emotions.
of parents believe children should understand and support mental well-being in themselves by age 5.
Over 25% of Parents
have used mental-health services for their child.
Beloved Sesame characters like Elmo and Grover learn to hold mindful moments, take care of themselves and their loved ones, and so much more.
Self-care strategies can help families focus and relax when big feelings come up.
We can do things every day to keep our minds and bodies healthy.
Managing Screen Time
Screen-time can help families learn and connect, and taking screen-time breaks can, too.
Big changes can be scary for everyone, but there are things you can do to help.
Handling Everyday Goodbyes
There are playful and meaningful ways to make morning drop-offs and other separations a little easier.
Check out our other resources that support emotional health and well-being.
Little ones need lots of help from caring adults to grow and thrive. We offer calming strategies on comforting and providing nurturing touch, all of which are required for healthy brain development!
When you help children to understand and express their emotions, you help them grow and thrive.
Building Resilience in Children and Families
Give children tools and coping skills to overcome both little and big challenges to help them learn and grow.