A local organization has partnered with the longtime children's program "Sesame Street" to promote their new resource, "Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration," a program that helps children, inmates, families and caregivers cope with the reality of incarceration.
Inmates at the "Orlando Bridge," a Department of Corrections Transitional Work Release Center are working to unveil the new program at their Back to School event in August.
"They've used like a raw piece of plywood to develop Big Bird, or Elmo, or one of the characters," said Facility Director Sammy Hill.
The men are building a Sesame Street set -- complete with games, and large hand painted murals of the characters.
The initiative hopes to comfort and guide young children. They even created a new Muppet, Alex, whose dad is in jail.
Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration is designed to:
- Support, comfort, and reduce anxiety, sadness, and confusion that young children may experience during the incarceration of a parent;
- Provide at-home caregivers with strategies, tips and age-appropriate language they can use to help communicate with their children about incarceration;
- Inform incarcerated parents themselves that they can parent from anywhere, and provide them with simple parenting tips highlighting the importance of communication.
Click here to learn more about the Sesame Street program.