Seasame Street’s New Character has Father who is in Jail

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(St. Louis, MO) KPLR  Sesame Street does it again…and taking on those tough issues. The children’s tv series is expanding its “Little Children, Big Challenges” series by introducing Alex, a Muppet whose father is in jail. Alex is part of sesame workshop’s online tool kit aimed to help kids understand and cope with parental incarceration. It’s also a tool to help caregivers talk about the subject with children. Some find the character a bit odd… but one in 28 american children reportedly have a parent in prison. Sesame street has used Muppets to tackle other tough issues like divorce, hunger and military deployment.

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