The toolkit from Sesame Street includes stories and tips that could be helpful to any family with a loved one in prison.
- Participation in Family Councils could influence how families can connect with incarcerated loved ones at the host prison and beyond.
- For inmates working and learning about science, conservation, and sustainability, we want to recognize the value of their efforts: they are doing great, important work! We offer a few sources on science and endangered species that kids may enjoy, so they might better relate to their parents’ achievements.
If you know of other resources that would fit this page, please let us know! Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Sesame Street toolkit for children and caregivers with a loved one who is incarcerated. Videos, storybooks, tips for parents, and more. Disponible en Español; Niños pequeño, retos grandes: Encarcelamiento.
Washington State DOC maintains a a Local Family Council for every prison in the state. They define family broadly to include immediate, extended, and elected family members, such as romantic partners, friends, neighbors, and clergy. Family Councils partner with DOC staff to promote and support strong family relationships during incarceration and supervision. WA DOC acknowledge many barriers that get in the way of these vital relationships, and look to Family Councils to advise them on how to minimize these barriers.
All approved visitors may join the meetings to ask questions and discuss opportunities with the facility Superintendent or Associate Superintendent, Visiting Program staff representative, Family Services Program staff representative, and others as needed. Participants can attend in person or may be able to call in with a toll free number. More information and details here.
Smart videos for curious minds of all ages
We learned about this site when they posted an amazing time lapse video of the Oregon silverspot butterfly (Speryeria zerene hippolyta) transform from a caterpillar to a chrysalis, made by our partners at the Oregon Zoo.
You can find many other videos on the Oregon Zoo’s youtube channel, and SPP kids might most enjoy the playlist for Conservation and Species Recovery. The animal species SPP knows best are included: look for videos on Oregon spotted frog, Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly, and western pond turtles.
Drawing from nature
There are so many beautiful things in nature to draw! Here are few creations from SPP staff offspring.