CNN & Sesame Street Will Hold a Second Town Hall About COVID-19

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CNN and Sesame Street will join together for a second very special Town Hall this Saturday morning to help children and parents deal with issues surrounding the coronavirus. The ABC’s of COVID-19 will be hosted by  Dr. Sanjay Gupta and CNN anchor Erica Hill and Big Bird on Sat., Jun. 13 at 10 a.m. ET on CNN, CNN International and CNN en Español. The 90-minute special will provide information and tools for families, and answer the big questions both parents and kids have. 

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This new special will cover the latest additional issues surrounding coronavirus, including staying safe in the summer months, going back to school and how to manage big feelings. This second hour-long special will again be hosted by CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Erica Hill, along with Sesame Street’s Big Bird, with special appearances from Elmo and Abby Cadabby.

The ABC’s of COVID-19 builds on Sesame Workshop’s new Caring for Each Other initiative, which provides free content designed to help parents provide comfort and manage anxiety as well as creating routines, fostering playful learning at home, and staying physically and mentally healthy. This free resource is powered by the nonprofit’s Critical Needs Response Fund. Viewers can support this crucial source of flexible funding, designed to meet the urgent needs of children and families, by visiting or texting SESAME to 51555 during the broadcast. 

The ABCs of COVID-19 will stream live for subscribers on’s homepage and across mobile devices via CNN’s apps for iOS and Android. It can also be viewed on CNNgo (at on your desktop, smartphone, and iPad, and via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, SamsungSmart TV, Chromecast, and Android TV). The special will also be available on demand to subscribers via cable/satellite systems, CNNgo platforms and CNN mobile apps.

Additional Caring for Each Other resources addressing everyday challenges like missing friends and feeling worried were made possible by AT&T.

—Jennifer Swartvagher

Featured photo: Sesame Street Workshop


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