Children’s Aid Hosts Sesame Street Workshop on The Economic Crisis

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On Thursday, May 6, approximately 100 of our early childhood parents gathered for an educational event called Families Stand Together, hosted by Sesame Street and made possible by The Bank of New York Mellon. The purpose of this event was to enlighten parents with effective ways to communicate with their children about how the economic crisis has taken a toll on their families. The event was an uplifting and empowering session, with speakers ranging from Children’s Aid CEO Richard Buery, to Sesame Workshop’ s CEO, Gary Knell, to celebrities like Al Roker and the famous Elmo! This impressive cast was wonderful proof to our parents that this curriculum was something that is highly regarded and important to learn.

In addition to comments from the hosts, parents watched the Families Stand Together film, which featured how real-life families have coped with the pressures of unemployment, housing instability and other lifestyle changes that have resulted from personal financial woes. The film emphasized the concept that creating a stable family environment and emphasizing love and unity helps ease the anxiety of children as they experience material or environmental changes. The parents in attendance were among the first Children’s Aid Families that will receive the Families Stand Together curriculum kits which outline the programs core concept in both English and Spanish. The Children’s Aid Society has partnered with Sesame Workshop to be the New York City distribution partner. We will be disseminating 25,000 kits among the children and families that we serve across our centers, schools and program sites.

Mary Newcomb
Development Assistant
The Children's Aid Society