Wednesday, September 9,2009 at 8 p.m. PBS will be airing a new PBS primetime special, Families Stand Together: Feeling Secure in Tough Times. This hour-long HD special, hosted by Al Roker, Deborah Roberts and Elmo, aims to help families with children, ages two to eight, experiencing difficult economic circumstances by offering strategies and tips that can lead to positive outcomes for their children’s physical and emotional well-being during this tough economic climate.

Featuring Sesame Street’s Grover, Chris, Elmo’s family and financial expert Jean Chatzky and parenting and relationship expert Dr. Joshua Coleman, Families Stand Together provides simple strategies and helpful tips that can easily be integrated into families’ everyday routines. The special includes documentary footage of real American families who are living through difficult economic conditions, encouraging positive strategies and modeling behavior for parents and care providers to support the entire family during insecure times. The special is part of a two-hour economy-focused block of programming on PBS which also includes WNED’s Your Life, Your Money aimed at young adults hosted by Donald Faison

Elmo was discussing the special on CBS with Bob Schieffer.