Divorce is one of the most common transitions young children experience today, with ultimately 40 percent of all children experiencing the divorce of their parents.* Join Sesame Workshop’s Lynn Chwatsky, VP of Educational Outreach Initiatives and Partners, and clinical psychologist, child specialist, and author Dr. JoAnne Pedro-Carroll as they discuss Sesame Street’s newest educational outreach initiative, Little Children, Big Challenges: Divorce. Learn how Sesame Street’s videos, storybook, caregiver guide, Sesame Street: Divorce app, and online resources can be used to help families with young children (ages 2–8) as they encounter the tough transitions that come with divorce and separation.
*National Institute of Mental Health (2002). Preventative sessions after divorce help protect children into teens..
Lynn Chwatsky is responsible for overseeing the execution of various Sesame Workshop initiatives that reach beyond television into local communities, schools, health and childcare settings to address the unmet needs of children and the people who care for them. She is also responsible for developing and maintaining key relationships with project advisors and strategic partners and organizations to help guide projects from their inception and to integrate into various communities across the U.S. In 2012 she was awarded the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal by the United States Army.
Chwatsky formerly was a Project Director at Sesame Workshop, responsible for the development, launch and branding of new Workshop properties including Dragon Tales, Sagwa, The Chinese Siamese Cat and Tiny Planets, as well as the Marketing Manager for the Workshop’s Online Group. Prior to joining Sesame Workshop, Chwatsky was an Account Executive at Grey Advertising managing multiple clients including Merck and Procter and Gamble. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
JoAnne Pedro-Carroll, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, author, speaker, and the mother of seven children and step-children. She is an advisor to Sesame Street on its initiative, Little Children, Big Challenges: Divorce and is engaged in a new initiative with Sesame Street and the Veterans Administration to reach military families dealing with separation and divorce. Her great passion is helping children and families survive and thrive in the wake of the big transitions that accompany and follow separation, divorce and remarriage. Her book, Putting Children First: Proven Parenting Strategies for Helping Children Thrive Through Divorce (Avery/Penguin, 2010) provides sound advice based on an abundance of research and the wisdom acquired through three decades of research and clinical experience with thousands of children—all offered with clarity and genuine compassion
Founded in 1992,the Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization that revolutionized childrenís television programming with the landmark Sesame Street. Beyond television, the Workshop produces content for multiple media platforms on a wide range of issues including literacy, health and military deployment. Initiatives meet specific needs to help young children and families develop critical skills, acquire healthy habits and build emotional strength to prepare them for lifelong learning.