CaringForEachOther

Caring for Each Other is a 2020 initiative from Sesame Workshop to help young children and their families cope with the coronavirus pandemic. The initiative consists of videos, coloring pages, eBooks, and information sheets aimed at parents to help navigate "the for now normal."

The initiative features existing videos that spotlight health and safety tips such as staying clean and hugging oneself. Links are included to full Sesame Street episodes and eBooks to help people stay entertained.

Original short-form videos produced for the initiative, live-action and animated, have been posted to Sesame Street’s social media. In addition, resources for parents have been posted about how to explain COVID-19 to kids and self-care for adults. The initiative intends to update regularly as the pandemic plays out, with original and existing content being continually added.

A television special produced as part of the initiative, Elmo's Playdate, aired on April 14. The specials Elmo's World News and Elmo's Playdate: Scavenger Hunt followed that summer.

Videos

Abby's Dance PartySnack ChatElmo's Sing AlongParent PSAsStorytimeAnimated PSAs
Image Title / Description
Sesame Street Elmos Virtual Hug CaringForEachOther

Sesame Street Elmos Virtual Hug CaringForEachOther

Elmo's Virtual Hug (March 23, 2020)

Elmo talks to the viewer from his home via video chat (set up by his mommy). Elmo mentions the virtual fun they'll have and gives the viewer a virtual hug. (YouTube)

Sesame Street Elmos Morning Routine CaringForEachOther

Sesame Street Elmos Morning Routine CaringForEachOther

Elmo's Morning Routine (March 24, 2020)

Elmo shares his morning routine, going through every item of a checklist he drew himself. Before he starts his day of playing and learning, Elmo invites the viewer to stretch and wiggle. (YouTube)


Thank You, Healthcare Workers! (March 25, 2020)

In a video posted to most of Sesame’s social media accounts sans YouTube, Abby Cadabby sends a thank you message to healthcare workers and their families.

Sesame Street How to Self Hug with Abby Cadabby CaringForEachOther

Sesame Street How to Self Hug with Abby Cadabby CaringForEachOther

How to Self Hug with Abby Cadabby (March 28, 2020)

Abby talks to the viewer about giving herself hugs to help her feel better. This video was used for Abby's appearance on One World: Together at Home. (YouTube)

Sesame Street Special National Doctors Day Message CaringForEachOther

Sesame Street Special National Doctors Day Message CaringForEachOther

Special National Doctor's Day Message (March 30, 2020)

In celebration of "National Doctor's Day," this video compiles thank you messages from Elmo, Grover, Abby, Rosita, Ernie and Rubber Duckie, Cookie Monster, and Count von Count. (YouTube)

Sesame Street Oscar the Grouch Says StayHome

Sesame Street Oscar the Grouch Says StayHome

Oscar the Grouch Says #StayHome (April 6, 2020)

Oscar tells people to stay home, noting the uniquely grouchy appeal of social distancing. This video would be used for Oscar's appearance on One World: Together at Home. (YouTube)

Sesame Street Grover Shows Near and Far from Home!

Sesame Street Grover Shows Near and Far from Home!

Grover Shows Near and Far from Home! (April 10, 2020)

Grover does a riff on his classic Near and Far routine from his home. (YouTube)

The Counts Thank You Message CaringForEachOther

The Counts Thank You Message CaringForEachOther

The Count's Thank You Message (April 19, 2020)

The Count lists and thanks the various frontline workers. (YouTube)

Sesame Street Learn to Belly Breathe with Rosita CaringForEachOther

Sesame Street Learn to Belly Breathe with Rosita CaringForEachOther

Learn to Belly Breathe with Rosita (April 24, 2020)

Rosita explains her frustration about not being able to go to the park with Elmo, and demonstrates belly breathing to overcome such big feelings. (YouTube)

Sesame Street Practicing Social Distancing with Abby and Rudy

Sesame Street Practicing Social Distancing with Abby and Rudy

Practicing Social Distancing with Abby and Rudy (May 3, 2020)

Abby's family are practicing physical distancing, but she can still interact with her friends on video chat. Rudy pops in and plays with the filters on the camera. (YouTube)

Sesame Street Elmo's Bedtime Routine CaringForEachOther

Sesame Street Elmo's Bedtime Routine CaringForEachOther

Elmo's Bedtime Routine (May 4, 2020)

It's almost Elmo's bedtime, so he goes over his bedtime checklist. He practices singing "Rock-a-bye Baby" with the viewer. (YouTube)

Sesame Street Telly's Blanket Fort CaringForEachOther

Sesame Street Telly's Blanket Fort CaringForEachOther

Telly's Blanket Fort (May 8, 2020)

Telly Monster shows off a blanket fort that he has built to help himself feel comfortable and safe. (YouTube)

Sesame Street Heroes in Your Neighborhood Song CaringForEachOther

Sesame Street Heroes in Your Neighborhood Song CaringForEachOther

Heroes in Your Neighborhood Song (May 20, 2020)

Elmo, Grover, and Abby sing a variation of "The People in Your Neighborhood", rewritten as "The Heroes in Your Neighborhood", as a tribute to various essential workers. (YouTube)

Sesame Street Bert and Ernie Share Jokes CaringForEachOther

Sesame Street Bert and Ernie Share Jokes CaringForEachOther

Bert and Ernie Share Jokes (May 22, 2020)

Ernie calls Bert from the other side of their apartment to tell him knock-knock jokes. (YouTube)

Sesame Street More Jokes with Bert & Ernie! CaringForEachOther

Sesame Street More Jokes with Bert & Ernie! CaringForEachOther

More Jokes with Bert & Ernie! (July 12, 2020)

Ernie pesters Bert with more knock-knock jokes. Bert tries to get back at Ernie by telling him one. (YouTube)

Abby's Dance Party

Image Title / Description
Sesame Street Play Freeze Dance Abby's Dance Party 1

Sesame Street Play Freeze Dance Abby's Dance Party 1

Play Freeze Dance (March 27, 2020)

Abby plays freeze dance with the viewer. She briefly talks to an off-camera Rudy, who's finger-painting. (YouTube)

Sesame Street Emotions Dance Abby's Dance Party 2

Sesame Street Emotions Dance Abby's Dance Party 2

Emotions Dance (April 17, 2020)

Abby invites the viewer to do dances based around feelings. Emotive images of Elmo appear to show what feeling to dance to. This video was used for Abby's appearance on Elmo's World News. (YouTube)


Sesame Street Friends Dance with Rosita and Zoe Abby's Dance Party 3-0

Sesame Street Friends Dance with Rosita and Zoe Abby's Dance Party 3-0

Friends Dance with Rosita and Zoe (May 1, 2020)

Abby exchanges dance moves with Zoe and Rosita. (YouTube)

Snack Chat

Image Title / Description
Sesame Street Share a Cookie with Cookie Monster Cookie Monster Snack Chat 1

Sesame Street Share a Cookie with Cookie Monster Cookie Monster Snack Chat 1

Share a Cookie with Cookie Monster (March 31, 2020)

Cookie Monster hosts his own video chat series, providing his own title card and theme music. At the start of every installment, he advises the viewers to wash their hands before snacking. In this episode, Cookie shows how to eat a cookie. (YouTube)

Sesame Street Make a Smoothie with Cookie Monster Cookie Monster Snack Chat 2

Sesame Street Make a Smoothie with Cookie Monster Cookie Monster Snack Chat 2

Make a Smoothie with Cookie Monster (April 7, 2020)

Cookie suggests making a smoothie when lacking other snacks. He demonstrates how to make one and, after gulping his down, gets brain freeze. (YouTube)

Sesame Street Try Hummus and Carrots with Cookie Monster Cookie Monster Snack Chat 3

Sesame Street Try Hummus and Carrots with Cookie Monster Cookie Monster Snack Chat 3

Try Hummus and Carrots with Cookie Monster (April 27, 2020)

Cookie is hesitant to try hummus (a food he's never eaten before), and after several failed attempts, he has a small taste and finds that he likes it. (YouTube)

Sesame Street Fruit Snack Challenge Cookie Monster Snack Chat 4

Sesame Street Fruit Snack Challenge Cookie Monster Snack Chat 4

Fruit Snack Challenge (May 25, 2020)

Cookie Monster's Mommy gives her son a banana and instructs him not to eat it until she comes back. Cookie struggles to distract himself from eating the banana, but his mommy returns just in time with some milk. (YouTube)

Elmo's Sing Along

Image Title / Description
Sesame Street Happy and You Know It Elmo's Sing Along 1

Sesame Street Happy and You Know It Elmo's Sing Along 1

Happy and You Know It (April 1, 2020)

After helping his daddy fold the laundry, Elmo has a virtual sing-along and sings "If You're Happy and You Know It." (YouTube)

Sesame Street Old MacDonald Elmo's Sing Along 2

Sesame Street Old MacDonald Elmo's Sing Along 2

Old MacDonald (April 8, 2020)

Elmo wants to sing an animal song: "Old MacDonald." (YouTube)

Sesame Street Wheels on the Bus Elmo's Sing Along

Sesame Street Wheels on the Bus Elmo's Sing Along

Wheels on the Bus (May 6, 2020)

Elmo misses riding the bus to preschool, so he's been pretending to ride a bus, which naturally reminds him of the song "The Wheels on the Bus." (YouTube)

Sesame Street ABCs Elmo's Sing Along

Sesame Street ABCs Elmo's Sing Along

ABCs (June 15, 2020)

After practicing his ABCs with his mommy, Elmo sings "The Alphabet Song" with the viewer. (YouTube)

Sesame Street Bingo Elmo's Sing Along

Sesame Street Bingo Elmo's Sing Along

BINGO (July 20, 2020)

Elmo talks about the video chat he just had with Julia, whose dog Rose kept sticking her nose at the screen. Rose reminds Elmo of a dog song and sings "Bingo." (YouTube)

Parent PSAs

Image Title / Description
Sesame Street A Moment to Yourself Parent PSA

Sesame Street A Moment to Yourself Parent PSA

A Moment to Yourself (April 5, 2020)

Louie offers some self-care advice for overwhelmed parents, while his son Elmo tries to get his attention off-screen. (YouTube) The segment was translated for Indian audiences. (Facebook)

Sesame Street Being Flexible Parent Moment

Sesame Street Being Flexible Parent Moment

Being Flexible (May 17, 2020)

Alan explains how he has adapted his morning routine, with quick appearances from Louie, the Count, and Cookie Monster joining him for a video chat. (YouTube)

Sesame Street Louie Talks Routines Parent PSA

Sesame Street Louie Talks Routines Parent PSA

Louie Talks Routines (May 31, 2020)

Louie reminds the viewer that it's okay to occasionaly put off a routine and says routines should be flexible. (YouTube)

Sesame Street Laugh and Smile Parent PSA

Sesame Street Laugh and Smile Parent PSA

Laugh and Smile (June 21, 2020)

Alan shows some simple ways to have fun like dancing or wearing a silly hat. (YouTube)

Sesame Street Things to be Thankful For Parent PSA

Sesame Street Things to be Thankful For Parent PSA

Things to be Thankful For (July 12, 2020)

Alan lists three things he is thankful for. (YouTube)

Storytime

Image Title / Description
Sesame Street The Bunny Hop Story Time with Alan

Sesame Street The Bunny Hop Story Time with Alan

Story Time with Alan: The Bunny Hop (April 9, 2020)

Alan hosts a "Story Time" series in which he reads aloud Sesame Street storybooks. In this episode, he reads The Bunny Hop. (YouTube)

Love from Sesame Street Story Time with Alan

Love from Sesame Street Story Time with Alan

Story Time with Alan: Love from Sesame Street (April 22, 2020)

Alan reads Love from Sesame Street. (YouTube)

Sesame Street Rosita the Grouch CaringForEachOther

Sesame Street Rosita the Grouch CaringForEachOther

Rosita the Grouch (May 11, 2020)

Rosita tells a story she wrote with her mother about a monster who felt grouchy about staying inside, but learns that she can still do the things she loves in a different way. (YouTube)

Animated PSAs

Several animated videos, featuring voice-over narration by Tyler Bunch, show the Sesame Street characters demonstrating safe hygienic practices. Two videos feature the song "Brushy Brush" rewritten as "Washy Wash" and another a parody of MC Hammer's "U Can't Touch This" featuring a chicken saying "Wash Hands Now". These promos have also aired on HBO.

Radio appearances

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