Using the power of puppetry, our mission is to educate children about social concerns and differences, giving them skills to stay safe and healthy.
Kids on the Block, Inc. is an award-winning international educational program created in 1977 by Barbara Aiello. It was originally created when "mainstreaming" children became a law. It was designed to help introduce children with special needs into school classrooms. The program uses child size puppets to carry out its mission.
The highly trained puppeteers use a form of puppetry called Bunraku. They are dressed in black and become shadows behind the puppet. The puppets have distinctive personalities and portray, through carefully scripted material, a world of real life situations. As our puppets come to life, children identify with them and open up to them as if they were trusted friends. Our hope is to prevent problems before they happen. We want to empower children, teaching them the skills to stay safe and healthy.
Chattanooga's Kids on the Block is a licensed child abuse prevention agency in the state of Tennessee.
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The Blue Van Project
The Blue Van Project is a web series documenting the travels of two young adults volunteering with various nonprofit organizations and advocating volunteerism in the United States. Watch as they visit CKOTB.
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