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Sesame Street in Communities

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  • #5136


    Welcome to Sesame Street in Communities! We’re so glad you’re here, and can’t wait to get to know you better. As the site’s name implies, we want to foster a community on this site and beyond. Let’s start with some introductions. Please tell us your name, field of work, and one thing you’d like to learn this year.

  • #5461

    Jennifer Sereni

    I found the site it in my search for resources to help children and parents with their separation anxiety when entering daycare. I just have to say, I’ve only been using this site for a few weeks, and I love it! It’s so easy to use and has so many wonderful resources. I look forward to checking out any new topics for children 0-4 y/o. I also thought the webinar on bullying was especially informational.

    Jennifer S.
    Daycare Provider

  • #5633

    Jake Cruz

    Hello Sesame Street Communities Forum
    Newbie here.
    Thanks for warm welcome.
    Need some tips?


    Pinoy TV | Pinoy Tambayan

  • #5684

    Shalena Lewis

    Hi my name is Shalena and I’m a Mom and a Family Service Worker in a Head Start program on Staten Island. I’m looking forward to learning and sharing.

    • #6163

      Tara Wright

      Hi Shelena! We are so glad you’re here. Let us know if you have any questions, and please join us on Facebook in our provider group: Sesame Street Community Providers.

  • #5725

    Lisa Bolton

    Hello, My name is Lisa. I am a former Early Childhood Teacher, Administrator, and Professional Development Provider. I currently relocated from NC to FL and will be starting an early childhood consulting business. I am looking forward to this new venture and sharing my experience and knowledge within the field with others. I am also planning on providing parent education as well in various areas. I look forward to learning and sharing with others in the community!

    • #6164

      Tara Wright

      Hi Lisa, thanks so much for introducing yourself to the group. We’re excited to learn together.

  • #5731

    Marcie Claesgens

    Hi! I’m Marcie, a School Social Worker/ Counselor in a Public school servicing students ages 3 yrs- through 4th grade. We have recently grown to 8 sections of Early Childhood education, and I am always looking to expand my knowledge base and find fun ways to impart Social & Emotional learning to my littlest kiddos. Thanks for everything you do, Sesame Workshop. I cannot express what a profound impact you have had on my life and the lives of my students!

    • #6165

      Tara Wright

      Hi Marcie, thanks for joining us. What kind of information are you most eager to learn?

  • #5733

    Glenda Clare

    Good Day,
    My name is Dr. Glenda Clare. I am starting a support group for “Relative Caregivers”. Many children are raised by relatives (grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins). Because the children are not enrolled in the foster care system, many relative caregivers get little if any support.

    I seek resources for relative caregivers. Any and all information that can be shared would be appreciated.

    BTW – I am passionate about this population because I was one of them. I raised a relative’s child. Relative Caregivers experience challenges presented by the child, biological parents of the child (especially if parental rights have been lost), extended family and societal systems outside of the family.

    • #6166

      Tara Wright

      Hi Glenda, thanks so much for sharing. We love family, friend, and neighbor caregivers, and have some good resources to support them. We’re working on more content as well! It’s so great that you support them specifically. We can’t wait to learn from you.

  • #5734

    Ariana Labus

    My name is Ariana S. Labus. I am 26 years old, and I’m from the Bronx, NY. I have been diagnosed with high-functioning autism since I was 14 months old, but that hasn’t dragged me down a lot ever since. I have been involved with art and music growing up, and have studied a lot of it in and out of school. I was an honor student at the Bronx School for Law, Government & Justice, before graduating to Bronx Community College, where I received my Associate’s in Graphic Design. Then, I transferred to Lehman College, where I received my Bachelor’s in Art with a concentration in Painting. I am hoping one day to go back to school to study in the same field. I am also a face painter, and have been teaching myself for over 10 years.

    In addition to having experience with children in the face painting field, and more, I have an older sister, who works as an early childhood educator / teacher at the New York Center for Child Development in Harlem. She has experience and skills in working with children, community service, customer service, education, and behavioral sciences.

    I believe that this site will really help me to reach out to those who have children on the spectrum, like me, but also to share personal experiences as well!

    • #6167

      Tara Wright

      Hi Ariana,

      It’s so good to meet you. Thank you for sharing your story and your talents. I hope Sesame Street in Community serves as a helpful resource to you and your sister as well!

  • #5878

    Jake Cruz

    Hello welcome to the community

    Pinoy Tambayan
    Pinoy TV

    • #6168

      Tara Wright

      Welcome! We’re glad you’re here!

  • #6169

    Tara Wright

    Hello everyone. Thanks so much for introducing yourself. If you’re a provider who works with kids and families or caregivers, hop on over to our new provider group on Facebook, Sesame Street Community Providers, to continue the conversation.

  • #8102

    Sarah Krcal

    Hello! My name is Sarah – I’m the Public Awareness Communications Specialist for the Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Children, Youth and Families, Child Abuse and Neglect Awareness Campaign, CO4Kids.
    Twitter: @844CO4Kids

    I discovered this through the NPR article that went out a couple days ago. Thank you for this beautiful, trauma-informed community program. It’s a delight going through and discovering everything.

    Kind Regards,


    • #8145

      Tara Wright

      Hi Sarah, thanks for introducing yourself and joining our community! We’re happy to have you and learn more about your work. Be sure to join us on Facebook in our providers-only group @SesameStreetCommunityProviders.

      We’ll see you there!

  • #8212

    Pamela Minor

    I am Pamela Minor, a Licensed Professional Counselor. I work in the public mental health field and also as a private outpatient therapist. I came across your initiative and was very thrilled to see the incorporation of the ACEs in your material.

  • #8290

    Brittany Jackson

    Hey my name is Brittany. I have a 3 year old son and i am also a Director in Child Care Facility. I found out about this website in a training the Sesame Street did at Guilford Child Development Center in Greensboro Nc

  • #8372

    Rupal Gupta

    Hi! I’m Rupal Gupta, a pediatrician and Medical Director of Children’s Mercy Operation Breakthrough clinic in Kansas City, Missouri. I’m looking forward to being a part of this community and to helping KCPT carry out its own Sesame Street in Communities session in November. I am previously of from the Nemours Foundation and was happy to see the resources they produced as part of this curriculum.

  • #8567

    Laurie Belanger

    Hello! I am Laurie Belanger LCSWR, a Clinical Social Worker and Trauma Therapist working in both private practice and with a local community medical center, Jericho Road, in Buffalo NY. I am always searching for new resources to help families, pediatricians, teachers, and other helpers in my community 1) understand trauma issues for children, 2)have practical tools to use with children and their families. I look forward to exploring the site and being part of the community!

  • #10387

    Laura Cashell


    I’m Laura Cashell. I’m the Project Coordinator for the Tri-Town Bookmobile, which is a bookmobile launching to support literacy efforts in our communities (southern Maine.) I’ve just completed the Building a Reader course and found it informative and fun. I’ll definitely refer to the PDFs and downloaded materials in the future. Thanks for a great site and learning opportunity.

    Tri-Town Bookmobile (TTB)
    “Chill Out and Read”

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