Introducing Alex The Muppet, The First ‘Sesame Street’ Character With An Incarcerated Parent

09.18.13 4 years ago 28 Comments

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“With an estimated 2.3 million Americans behind bars, the U.S. incarcerates a larger percentage of its population than any other nation on Earth. As a result, one out of every 28 children grows up with a parent in jail–an average of one child per classroom.

“These numbers are the reason why Sesame Street Workshop has created Alex the Muppet, the first Sesame character to have a father in prison. He’s an average kid who has some extra baggage in life and is struggling to cope.

“This isn’t the first time Sesame Workshop is trying to help kids cope with “tough to talk about topics,” says Lynn Chwatsky, Sesame Workshop’s vice president for initiatives, partnerships, and community engagement. In 2005, Sesame Street created resources to help kids cope with parents deployed overseas in America’s wars. Later, it went on to create tools for the times when those parents came back physically or mentally injured–or didn’t come back at all.”

Read the full article at Co.Exist.

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