In these trying times, many families are feeling threatened by U.S. immigration and deportation policies. Parents are worried and children sense the tension. The Young Center was asked by Sesame Workshop to advise on their guide for immigrant parents and children who are being targeted by these harsh policies. A recent report from the Pew Research Center estimated that 3.9 million K-12 students in the U.S. have a parent who is undocumented. All of these families are impacted by the new policies. Released this summer, the 10-page guide is called “Care, Cope, Connect: Comforting and Supporting Kids During Community Stress.” It provides parents with information on creating a sense of safety and security for their children while managing their own anxiety, and also has companion activities like coloring pages for families to work on together. The booklet is available in English, Spanish, and Arabic to reach a wide range of affected communities.
The Young Center made a number of recommendations for the project (along with National Council of La Raza and the First 5 Association of California). Take a look at the guide here and keep an eye out for Zari on the second page. A Muppet from Sesame Street’s Afghan co-production Baghch-e-Simsim, she was included upon our suggestion!
Our team is proud to have shared our expertise on immigrant children in the U.S. with Sesame Workshop to help families cope with the fear, anxiety, and loss caused by the current immigration and deportation crisis. Thank you for your continued attention, support, and generosity.