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Sesame Street Creates First Muppet With Parent In Prison

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Sign of the times. 'Sesame Street' has created the first Muppet to have a parent in jail.

Meet Alex, the first Muppet to have a dad in jail. Alex is blue-haired and green-nosed. There's sorrow in Alex's voice when he talks about his father. "I just miss him so much," he tells a friend. "I usually don't want people to know about my Dad."

One in 28 children in the United States now has a parent behind bars. That's why the Sesame Workshop says it created the "Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration" initiative. There is an online tool kit intended to help kids find support and comfort. It also gives tips to talk to children about incarceration.

Alex will not be part of the regular cast on "Sesame Street," but he's playing a central role in an online tool kit. See Alex in this video.

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