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"Sesame Street" Tackling Another Tough Social Issue

UNDATED -- A new character living on Sesame Street is the latest to tackle a tough subject.

Alex is a hoodie wearing, blue-haired Muppet whose father is in jail, According to a report by the International Business Times, the Sesame Street Workshop wants Alex to help give children with an incarcerated parent a voice and support.

The Times says that, according to the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Child Development, the number of U.S. children with a parent incarcerated as of 2007 is at least 1.7 million.

“I just miss him so much,” Alex tells a friend of his dad. “I usually don’t want people to know about my dad.”

“Coming from a Muppet, it’s almost another child telling their story to the children,” explains Jeanette Betancourt, Sesame Street Workshop vice president of outreach and educational practices.

Alex won’t be a regular character on “Sesame Street,” but he will be active in the “Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration” online tool kit.

SOURCE: International Business Times

 
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