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Sesame Street muppet has dad in jail

By KATE STANTON, UPI.com   |   June 18, 2013 at 8:32 PM   |   Comments

June 18 (UPI) -- "Sesame Street" has spent nearly 45 years helping children address difficult subjects -- from divorce to hunger. The show's latest target is incarceration, and it hopes to help the 2.7 million American children who have a parent in jail.

Meet Alex, a blue-haired muppet who father is in prison. Alex is the star of a special "Sesame Street" series called "Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration," which comes with an online toolkit for children with incarcerated parents.

“Sesame Workshop has always been at the forefront of creating resources for families with young children to help address some of life’s most difficult issues,” Sesame Workshop's Senior Vice President, Dr. Jeanette Betancourt, said in a press release.

“'Little Children, Big Challenge: Incarceration' tackles a very difficult topic, one for which there are scant resources to help young children, and best of all, it approaches these difficult transitions in the way that only Sesame Street and our trusted Muppets can.”

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