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Sesame Street Wants To Help Your Family Get Through the COVID-19 Crisis

Meredith Francis
Elmo washes his hands
Elmo washes his hands.

A new Sesame Street special where Elmo, Cookie Monster, Grover, Abby Cadabby, and a few famous friends have a virtual playdate premieres Tuesday, April 14 at 6:00 pm on the 24/7 Kids channel.

As many parents work from home or on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis, and as kids try their hands at digital learning, there is a lot to process. The gang on Sesame Street wants to help.

Sesame Workshop recently launched an initiative designed to help parents and their kids cope with the COVID-19 crisis. It’s called Caring for Each Other. The site offers resources that are designed to provide comfort, help in managing anxiety, and support for learning at home.

The site features hundreds of free eBooks, activities for parents and kids, tips about how to emotionally cope with “the for-now normal,” and videos from Elmo, Grover, and Abby Cadabby. 

Another part of the initiative created for providers and caregivers is called Health Emergencies.

Under that topic, you can find animations and printable activities that will help your child learn how to wash their hands, cough and sneeze safely, and more. There are also articles for caregivers that can help answer tough questions from kids during this time, as well as tips for self-care for grown-ups feeling the strain of the for-now normal.

There are also a series of workshops that will foster learning at home as kids are away from the classroom. There are workshops for playing, physical movement, science, reading, math, and more that caregivers can do with their child.

Find more games and activities for kids from PBS KIDS here. For older kids, WTTW is now offering an educational line-up on weekday afternoons from 1:00 - 5:00 pm on WTTW Prime. And if your child likes to cook, America's Test Kitchen is offering a free "Kitchen Classroom" curriculum.