Sesame Workshop is debuting a new resource to help families talk to their littles about race and racism. As part of Sesame Workshop’s Coming Together initiative, the “ABC’s of Racial Literacy” provides a framework for parents to engage their children in meaningful discussions (on an age/developmentally appropriate level, of course) about race and identity.

The “ABC’s of Racial Literacy” includes videos that explain race and issues surrounding racism in ways young child can understand. This includes info from beloved characters and a few new Muppet friends.

Dr. Jeanette Betancourt, Senior Vice President, Sesame Workshop, said in a press release, “At Sesame Workshop, we look at every issue through the lens of a child. Children are not colorblind—not only do they first notice differences in race in infancy, but they also start forming their own sense of identity at a very young age.”

Betancourt continued, “‘The ABCs of Racial Literacy’ is designed to foster open, age-appropriate conversations among families and support them in building racial literacy. By encouraging these much-needed conversations through Coming Together, we can help children build a positive sense of identity and value the identities of others.”

Kay Wilson Stallings, Executive Vice President of Creative and Production, Sesame Workshop, added, “The work to dismantle racism begins by helping children understand what racism is and how it hurts and impacts people. Sadly, today’s announcement comes at a time of racial and social discord when many families are in need of support in talking to their children about racism.”

Learn more about Coming Together: The ABC’s of Racial Literacy and find resources for your family on Sesame Workshop’s website here.

—Erica Loop

Photo courtesy of Sesame Workshop

 

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