Back-to-School During Coronavirus With Sesame Street: Elmo & Oscar Teach Kids Healthy Habits for Staying Safe During the Pandemic by 30Seconds Mom

California Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled the second of three new back-to-school safety PSA in partnership with Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit behind Sesame Street, and facilitated by the Skoll Foundation and Participant. The new PSA features Oscar the Grouch promoting mask wearing can be viewed in English and viewed in Spanish.

As part of Sesame Workshop’s #CaringForEachOther initiative to support families during the COVID-19 pandemic, the three new English- and Spanish-language PSAs feature the lovable Sesame Street Muppets promoting best practices for kids and families during the pandemic, including how to properly wear a mask, socially distance, wash hands and navigate the hybrid learning environment many California kids are experiencing this fall.

“As parents, we tell our kids all the time about the importance of washing hands, staying 6 feet apart and wearing masks, but it just might register differently if those messages come from Elmo,” said Governor Gavin Newsom. “We appreciate Sesame Street’s partnership during this critical time when parents and kids are preparing to return to school – many through distance learning.”

“Participant often acts as a unique connector for organizations unknown to each other, but all committed to improving our world,” said David Linde, CEO of Participant. “We’re thrilled to facilitate a powerful storytelling partnership with Sesame Workshop, the Skoll Foundation, and Governor Newsom to remind kids and parents alike how to protect themselves as they navigate back-to-school during this pandemic. We cannot forget that children are our greatest resource.”

”With so many children and families adjusting to new routines, whether returning to school or daycare or transitioning to online learning, we’re proud to partner with the California Governor’s Office, the Skoll Foundation, and Participant to help families navigate their back-to-school transitions,” said Sherrie Westin, President of Social Impact and Philanthropy, Sesame Workshop. “With a little help from our friends Elmo, Oscar and Grover, we can deliver critical health messages and help children understand how to stay safe and healthy.”

As California continues to endure and adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, and as schools statewide continue safe reopenings, these PSAs are a recognition that government alone cannot slow the spread of COVID-19 and that by leveraging partners like Sesame Workshop, the Skoll Foundation and Participant, we can expand the message of practicing safe and healthy behaviors, particularly for young Californians. The PSAs will be widely distributed nationally through multiple media partners, including the Ad Council.

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Donna John
Love this! Way to go Sesame Street!
Elisa Schmitz, 30Seconds
This is brilliant. Love Sesame Street and all the good work they do!
Mindy Hudon, M.S., CCC-SLP
I love LOVE love this! I have used Seasame Street in many of my classroom presentations. I am sharing this with my fellow educators now! Another great channel that they have is videos about executive functioning skills. They are so cute. They are parodies and very funny. Check them out here:

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