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Florida Sheriffs Association Announces Partnership With Sesame Street Around "Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration"

Nearly 2.7 million children have an incarcerated parent, yet few resources exist to help the youngest of these children. To meet this need, Sesame Street is launching its "Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration" Initiative, which will include multimedia, bilingual (English/Spanish) materials targeting young children (ages 3-8) of incarcerated parents, their families and caregivers, and the range of other professionals who come into contact with these children.

Sesame Workshop is working closely with advisors and partners in the pilot states to distribute and integrate "Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration" resources into correctional facilities and organizations that specialize in early childhood education, mental health and counseling, parenting programs, foster care, and organizations that have missions specific to helping families cope with the incarceration of a loved one. Florida is one of 10 states selected to participate in this initiative. 

During the 2013 Florida Sheriffs Association's Summer Conference, the sheriffs agreed to assist Sesame Street with their efforts. The partnership between the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) and Sesame Street Workshop is a collaboration that will allow these resource kits to be distributed throughout the state of Florida for incarcerated family members, children, caregivers and loved ones. The resource kit includes videos, books and features a new character whose parent is incarcerated. By supporting this initiative sheriffs will reach out to children of incarcerated parents when they visit the local jail.

How jails can join the Sesame Street Initiative:

  1. Request resource kits from FSA - just email Tanesha Williams at or call her at (850) 877-2165. The kits will distributed to you via US mail at no cost.
  2. Upon receiving the kits, place the kits in heavy civilian traffic areas that allow easy access for families. For example:
    • Place kits in the Visitation Lobby
    • Place kits in the Public Area
    • Make kits available at Information and Resource Centers
    • Consider a blog, social media mention or website announcement about the kits and where families may pick them up
    • Download flyers from the website below and post them near the Visitation Lobby
  3. If you're interested in announcing your partnership with the Little Children, Big Challenges Initiative by inviting a Sesame Street character to shake hands with the little ones - let us know and we'll help you organize a local campaign.

For more information on "Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration Initiative," you may visit

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