Parents and caregivers have access to free resources from Sesame Street in Communities to help them support children who have experienced trauma. The free materials include videos, books, and games. The new trauma resources focus on simple coping skills for “big feelings”—such as anger, anxiety, and sadness. The goal is to provide positive ways to connect children and the adults around them, regardless of the situation. For example, in one short video, Big Bird imagines himself in his comfy, cozy nest. In another, Rosita, a green monster Muppet, punches a pillow to let out her anger. Sesame’s human characters, Alan and Sophia, play the roles of nurturing, encouraging adults.
The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood provides grants for innovative, creative projects and programs that significantly enhance the development, health, safety, education, and quality of life of children from birth through age 7.
The nonprofit Khan Academy has launched Khan Academy Kids for early learners (aged 2–5). The education app includes thousands of original activities, books, videos, and lessons, and combines subjects such as math and reading with creative activities.
Simple Interactions, a project of the Fred Rogers Center in partnership with researchers at Harvard University and University of Pittsburgh, has been adopted by schools, afterschool and summer programs, and other organizations for children in 35 states and several countries, including in China, Canada, and Scotland. Under the program, educators’ interactions with children are filmed to help strengthen relationships and educators’ professional growth.