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Updated: 11/30/2013 11:10:02AM

‘Sesame Street’ helps kids cope

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Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell, right, and assistant jail commander Earl Goodwyne discuss Sesame Street's "Little Children, Big Challenges: incarceration." The program — which includes a DVD and a storybook — teaches kids to cope with having an incarcerated parent. The CCSO has been distributing the kits for free for about a month, and has given out around 100.

The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office is promoting a “Sesame Street” program backed by the Florida Sheriffs Association that helps children cope with having an incarcerated parent. “Little Children, Big Challenges: incarceration” kits are free and include a DVD, a storybook and a parent guide. They are available at the CCSO’s District 2 office in the Port Charlotte Town Center mall. Toys R Us donated decorations for a display that ran through Thanksgiving.


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CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Nearly 2.7 million children in the United States have at least one parent who is incarcerated.

Five of those children belong to Wayne Dalton, 36, who is serving out a sentence at the Charlotte County Jail for multiple charges.

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