Prison Talk Comes To Sesame Street - My9 New Jersey

Prison Talk Comes To Sesame Street

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Trenton, New Jersey (My9NJ) -

P is for prison on Sesame Street.

The newest cast member on Sesame Street is Alex whose storyline involves a father that has been incarcerated.

"My dad is in jail," the blue-haired puppet Alex says, "I don't like to talk about it."

In fact, 1.5 million kids in the U.S. have a parent in jail and the children's program is trying to reach out and help these children.

They are also offering a program to schools, family agencies and parents called "Little Children, Big Problems:  Incarceration" to help explain this tough situation to kids.

We chased this story down to the Anchor House in Trenton which has experience dealing with issues like this.  They are currently reviewing the Sesame Street programming and debating whether they are going to use the show's program to help the younger kids there.

The program director says that, unfortunately, this is a very real and common situation for many of the children who live in Trenton.

"Our kids, as they get older here, have gone through so much," Jay Neiderman says.

The Sesame Street program includes a "tool kit" with videos, facts guides and downloadable resource guides to help provide information and comfort to children who have a parent in prison.

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