Resources for Helping Children in Foster Care Build Resilience
Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit behind Sesame Street, has welcomed Karli, a Muppet in foster care, as well as her “for-now” parents, Dalia and Clem. All three Muppets appear in videos posted online as part of an initiative to provide free resources to caregivers navigating difficult issues, such as family homelessness, foster care, and trauma. The foster-care resources—which include an interactive storybook and printable activities, as well as videos featuring Muppets—are the latest in a series of packages that Sesame Workshop is producing to support children going through traumatic experiences. These online resources aren’t featured on the television show. They are intended for use by parents and caregivers, and also by therapists, social workers, and anyone else who works with these children.
GiveThx, a digitalcurriculum and app, affords a structured way for teachers and students to give and receive messages of gratitude (“Thx notes”) and to reflect on their own identity development and learning as global citizens.
Making Caring Common, a project of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, envisions a world in which children learn to care about others and the common good, treat people well day to day, come to understand and seek fairness and justice, and do what is right even at times at a cost to themselves.