Sesame Workshop continues its major commitment to racial justice with new resources and content called “Coming Together” to help families talk to young children about race and identity.
All kids need a strong individual and group identity, but racism hurts the healthy development of both, as well as our entire society. Whether you and the children in your care are directly affected by racism or you’re allies of those who are, engaging honestly and directly with little ones is the beginning of building racial literacy (the skills needed to talk thoughtfully about race and to identify and respond to racism).
Please note: All of the resources listed below and available through Sesame Street in Communities are designed for co-viewing, co-learning, and co-participation – meaning that to create the most meaningful experience and takeaways, adults and children should use them together.
I Am Somebody Song:
Coming Together is rooted in extensive research and consultation with experts to develop a groundbreaking Racial Justice educational framework and curriculum for young children. Like the science-based whole-child model that Sesame Street is known for, this framework will help guide and inform the creation of new Sesame Workshop content going forward—including future seasons of Sesame Street. This collection of resources are designed to provide families with the tools they need to build racial literacy, to have open conversations with young children, to engage allies and advocates to become upstanders against racism, and more, Coming Together includes a racial justice educational framework, ongoing research, and a rolling release of new content.
Where to Find Coming Together Resources: You can find all of the resources connected to Coming Together and Racial Justice by following the below links.
- All of the resources live within Sesame Street in Communities’ Racial Justice topic page (all of these materials are available in English/Spanish)
- Explainer Article: What is Racial Literacy?
- Never Too Young Article: Ages & Stages of Racial Understanding
- Parent/Caregiver Article: Raising an Upstander
- Meet Real Families: The Preston Foster Ogletrees Family and The Marañas
- Grownup Workshop: Helping Parents/Caregivers Talk About – And Stand Up Against – Racism
- Explainer Video: Explaining Race