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Sesame Workshop’s Military Families Initiatives

With more than 700,000 children who have experienced a parent’s deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan, the Sesame Workshop developed tools and resources to help military families cope with common stressors of deployment.1

Military Families Near and Far

Military Families Near and Far is an English and Spanish language website that provides military families opportunities to stay connected through social networks and by creating and sharing art, music and videos. Created in partnership by Sesame Workshop, The Electric Company and Psychological Health Center of Excellence (PHCoE), Military Families Near and Far also provides resources and tools to help military families become more resilient as they cope with deployment, homecoming, changes and grief.1

The website features include:

  • Make creative works such as greeting cards, music compositions, artwork and audio and video messages that can be sent to a deployed parent
  • Develop a private network for family members around the world to post messages and status updates
  • Prepare an online scrapbook of the creative works made on Military Families Near and Far and other photos, videos and messages that can be shared with a deployment parent

Join Military Families Near and Far today for free by visiting www.familiesnearandfar.org.

Feel Electric!

This mobile app helps children express themselves by teaching them to identify and communicate their feelings. Through games, a digital diary, story markers and a glossary of emotion vocabulary, children can strengthen their emotional awareness and self-expression skills. Download Feel Electric! from Apple iTunes and Google Play.

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Talk, Listen, Connect

Talk, Listen, Connect provides support and resources for military families with children between the ages of 2 and 5 who are experiencing the effects of deployment, multiple separations and combat-related injuries. This bilingual multimedia initiative provides powerful materials with strategies to help children, parents, caregivers and service providers understand and cope with challenges throughout the deployment cycle. Materials include online videos featuring popular Sesame Street characters as well as printable guides, a magazine for parents and coloring pages for kids.2

Sesame Rooms

The Sesame Workshop is also distributing “Room-In-A-Box” kits to create “Sesame Rooms” at military hospitals, family support centers and libraries. These kits contain Muppet wall appliqués, a child’s table and chairs set, an Elmo ride-on toy, Oscar trash cans, a Cookie Monster clock, an Elmo restaurant set, a coloring easel, a Muppet welcome mat, stickers, posters, books and more. These rooms help establish safe, fun environments that encourage love, care and talking.3

These Sesame Workshop programs reiterate the commitment shared by military and civilian leaders to provide the best possible resources to service members and their families. Learn more about the Sesame Workshop Initiatives by visiting the organization’s website at www.sesameworkshop.org.


1Military Families Near and Far,” Sesame Workshop. Last accessed March 11, 2014.
2Talk, Listen, Connect,” Sesame Workshop. Last accessed March 11, 2014.
3Sesame Rooms: A Bright New Project for Talk, Listen, Connect,” Sesame Workshop. Last accessed March 11, 2014.

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