Sesame Street Resources on Family Homelessness
Lily, a seven-year-old muppet experiencing homelessness, has come to Sesame Street. Sesame Street in Communities has created resources in English and Spanish to assist families experiencing homelessness and the providers working with such families.
In addition, SchoolHouse Connection has created complementary resources for use by early childhood education programs, district McKinney-Vento liaisons, housing providers, youth, and the general public. These resources provide guidance for incorporating activities about Lily into programming and conversation.
About the Source
Sesame Street in Communities: “Here, you’ll find hundreds of bilingual multi-media tools to help kids and families enrich and expand their knowledge during the early years of birth through six, a critical window for brain development. Our resources engage kids and adults in everyday moments and daily routines—from teaching early math and literacy concepts, to encouraging families to eat nutritious foods, to serious topics such as divorce and food insecurity. Sesame Street in Communities builds on our almost 50-year commitment to addressing kids’ developmental, physical, and emotional needs. Our time-tested research model and thorough testing with families and providers ensures that these resources have a measurable impact in the lives of parents and children.”
SchoolHouse Connection is a national non-profit organization working to overcome homelessness through education. “We provide strategic advocacy and technical assistance in partnership with early childhood programs, schools, institutions of higher education, service providers, families, and youth. We believe education is the only permanent solution to homelessness. Our vision is that children and youth experiencing homelessness have full access to quality learning, birth through higher education, so they will never be homeless as adults, and the next generation will never be homeless.”