Of course, this is far from the first time Sesame Street has been an educational resource for kids during complex and challenging times. As Daily Kos previously covered, Sesame Street created Ahlan Simsin, an Arabic language program dedicated to bringing trauma-inclusive content to kids who have been displaced by the civil war in Syria. Even in terms of addressing COVID-19, Sesame Street recently unveiled videos about the importance of washing your hands, how to sneeze and cough properly, building new routines, and how to practice self-care. The series has also long been a leading programmer for Latino representation on the small screen.
Donald Trump, who repeatedly downplayed and fumbled the U.S.’ coronavirus response, has suggested in past budget proposals that he wants to drain federal funding for public access channels, including NPR and PBS, where Sesame Street premiered decades ago. Does it all go back to the time he was seemingly portrayed as “Grounch the Apprentice” in 2005? Who knows. Regardless, Sesame Street continues to offer educational and arts-based content to a wide range of kids, which is always valuable, but it can’t be appreciated enough while people are staying safe at home. And make sure to check out my colleague Lauren Floyd’s guide to surviving coronavirus at home with kids.