Sesame Street characters have tackled all sorts of problem in the past, but new character Alex has a new problem: His dad is in jail.
In the web episode called What is Incarceration? Alex talks about how much he misses his dad, but has a hard time talking about where his dad went.
The character and episode were created to address that fact that one in 28 children in the United States has a parent in jail.
The incarceration of a loved one can be very overwhelming for both children and caregivers. It can bring about big changes and transitions, reads a statement on the website. In simple everyday ways, you can comfort your child and guide her through these tough moments.
The website features toolkits for caregivers and incarcerated parents, including storybooks, activities and kits.