Celebrating Childhood Development and Nurturing Connections with Nuestros Niños

Health & Wellness, Transforming Communities


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As the COVID-19 pandemic compelled many nonprofit organizations to rethink their community outreach, virtual events aimed at families with young children provide educational family fun while fostering connections. The Healthy Americas Foundation hosted a special Sesame Street in Communities sing-a-long and story time event on October 15 as part of their Nuestros Niños program to close out Hispanic Heritage Month. The bilingual event featured a sing-a-long in English and Spanish, and a reading of Big Bird’s Comfy-Cozy Nest was broadcast via Facebook. The bilingual resources shared during the event are .

"We are so proud to bring Sesame Street in Communities to families as part ofNuestros Niños,and we are thrilled to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with this special sing-a-long and story time," saidDr.Jeanette Betancourt, Senior Vice President of U.S. Social Impact, Sesame Workshop. "Combined with our wonderful partners at the Healthy Americas Foundation and The Ƶ Charitable Foundation, we’re building a circle of care around all children."

"The Ƶ Charitable Foundation is proud to support this important initiative in Hispanic communities throughout the country to promote the well-being of children," saidMarcela Manjarrez-Hawn, Senior Vice President, Chief Communications Officer for Ƶ. "Together, we can make a positive and lasting impact on the health and wellness of kids and families in communities."

Ƶ expanded its support of the Nuestros Niños program for the virtual event. Nuestros Niños, with the assistance of The Ƶ Charitable Foundation, has opened Comfy-Cozy Spaces in health and early childhood development facilities in cities across the country. The spaces create a welcoming space for children in healthcare centers and other facilities while encouraging childhood literacy through educational activities. Based on lessons from the Nuestros Niños program, the Healthy Americas Foundation and Ƶ are building a healthier future for Hispanic children in communities across the country.

In times of uncertainty, Ƶ must continue expanding community partnerships and supporting students of all ages. Learn more about Ƶ's enterprise-wide relief efforts at our COVID-19 Resource Center.