Talk, Listen, Connect: Helping Families during Military Deployment

Co-Director: Shelley MacDermid, co-director, MFRI; associate dean, College of Consumer and Family Sciences

Assistant Professor: German Posada, Department of Child Development and Family Studies

Funding: Sesame Workshops and Walmart Stores Inc.

Description: Talk, Listen, Connect: Helping Families During Military Deployment are kits created by the Sesame Workshop and Walmart Stores Inc. to help military families cope with the emotions, challenges, and concerns experienced by the families with preschoolers during deployment. The Military Family Research Initiative (MFRI) at Purdue University was asked to be consultants on the evaluation of bilingual kits for these families.

Through the efforts of Shelley MacDermid, MFRI co-director and associate dean of the College of Consumer and Family Sciences, and German Posada, assistant professor in the Department of Child Development and Family Studies, MFRI was able to consult on the evaluation of the bilingual kit design. The kits include a Sesame Street DVD (When Parents Are Deployed, with host Cuba Gooding Jr.), materials to help parents discuss these issues, materials to help children understand, and a children’s activity poster. More information about the Talk, Listen, Connect kits can be found at www.sesameworkshop.org.