One in 28 children in the United States has a parent who is incarcerated. That's more than the number of kids with a parent who is deployed in the armed services.
The Sesame Workshop has created the "Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration initiative to help raise awareness of this issue that doesn't get talked about much, because of the social stigma.
The initiative is an online tool kit meant to help children with a parent in prison to find support and comfort, and to help families come up with strategies and hints to help them when talking to their children about incarceration.
They have also introduced a new character, Alex, the first Muppet to have a dad in jail. Alex won't be a regular cast member on “Sesame Street,” but he will be featured in the online tool kit.