In 2006, when military deployments were at record levels, Sesame Street reported for duty with a multimedia initiative to equip families with child-friendly tools to tackle the unique challenges of military life.
From deployments and homecomings to grief and loss, our Sesame Street for Military Families library includes bilingual videos, storybooks, and activities and expands as the needs of military families evolve, addressing effects of the pandemic, emotional well-being, the challenges of caregiving, and more.
In kid-facing videos and activities, Sesame Street pals model how to cope with typical situations for military families. When Elmo’s dad is deployed, he creates a new bedtime ritual: No matter where they are, the family will say “good night” to the same moon. When Rosita struggles to accept her father’s new wheelchair, she soon realizes she’s not alone.
Dear Elmo: Coming Home
For more than 10 years, Sesame Street has motivated military families to talk, listen, and connect as they cope with challenging transitions.
Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame
This is a resource app for you to share with your child to help teach skills such as problem solving, self-control, planning, and task persistence.
Getting Ready for Temporary Duty
Saying goodbye during temporary duty is hard for everyone, but for military children, it’s especially difficult. Elmo’s dad Louie explains that he is going away but that it is only temporary. He reminds his family that they are all brave, and in this together.
Show children that even a small memory can help us remember loved ones.
Artmaker: Draw It Out! Foster Care
Digital, open-ended drawing activities to help children with expressing feelings.
The Big Moving Adventure
This is an app for families coping with a recent or pending move, which will help teach your child about what to expect when relocating.
Said our materials helped their child cope with an injured family member
When a parent serves, the whole family serves — that’s something that military kids can be proud of. Military families often have unique needs and face unique experiences. Sesame Workshop’s proven resources help military families feel strong and connected whether they’re near or far.
Sesame Workshop Debuts Resources to Support Military Families with “Learning and Growing Together”
Sesame Street for Military Families launches new digital resources called “Learning and Growing Together.”
Sesame Street Supports Military Families During Temporary Duty Assignments
Sesame Street for Military Families launches a suite of new resources for families preparing for a TDY.
New Sesame Workshop Resources Help the Diverse Military Family Community
Sesame Workshop releases a new collection of resources to help military and veteran families start important conversations about race with young children.
Sesame Workshop is supporting the millions of military and veteran families who provide care to an injured, chronically ill, or wounded family member.
Parenting After an Injury
In this article, a caregiving family talks about how they adapt through the changes.
Talking About Brain-Related Injuries
Brain injuries can be best explained by the changes in behavior that they might cause.
Help children cope with big feelings in caregiving situations.
Feelings about the caregiving process may come all at once or in waves.
Explore more resources addressing different issues Military Families face.
Play with Buddy the Monster and guess how he’s feeling based on his body language.
For Families: Coming Home
Sometimes, a parent that leaves may return from a deployment with visible and invisible injuries. Even with these changes, families cope with a love that stays the same!
When Families Grieve
The death of a loved one brings enormous challenges, and can often be confusing for little ones. Take time to explore how Elmo and his family celebrate the life of a loved one.
When your family is all together, you are like a puzzle with the pieces fitting together. Decorate these puzzle pieces with your family.