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Nondiscrimination Statement - The Kids on the Block NJ, Inc.  shall not discriminate in any of its functions based on race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, nation of origin, ancestry, age or gender identity.

Changing Attitudes That Will Last A Lifetime

THE KIDS ON THE BLOCK NEW JERSEY INC.

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OUR INSPIRING MISSION

The Kids on the Block New Jersey, Inc.'s mission is to provide ongoing education and prevention through the power of puppetry to children in grades K-4 throughout New Jersey. Our programs focus on acceptance and understanding of differences with regard to disability awareness, safety, medical conditions and social concerns.We empower children to learn, understand and

talk about important, timely and sometimes difficult issues while creating

positive change in attitudes among elementary school children.

HISTORY OF

KIDS ON THE BLOCK

It all started in 1977, when ten year old Anthony, who had cerebral palsy was adjusting to his neighborhood elementary school. The practice of inclusion or mainstreaming as it was then called, was new for the school and Anthony was having trouble adapting. Academically, he was doing well, but he complained that the children in his class would not talk to him because he was different. In order to help him, Anthony’s special education teacher created a puppet she named “Mark Riley,” to educate the kids in the classroom about cerebral palsy. After that, many things changed for Anthony and The Kids on the Block was launched.

Since then, thousands of “Mark Rileys” and the more than fifty other available “Kids” have educated children worldwide in 30 countries! Our dedicated, enthusiastic educators perform in NJ communities about disability awareness, social issues and medical and educational differences. The Kids on the Block NJ Inc. serves all of New Jersey and performs for thousands of students throughout the school year.

WHAT WE DO

Creating unforgettable educational experiences

Viewing a Kids on the Block  puppet performance is an unforgettable educational experience. The “kids” vividly and effectively model relationships between people, both with and without disabilities, by using frank and often humorous communication of facts and feelings between the puppet characters and the audience. This internationally-acclaimed presentations with life sized puppets perform a range of topics focusing on disability awareness, social issues and medical concerns.

SCHOOL ASSEMBLIES THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Some Of Our Programs

Research studies attest to the effectiveness of The Kids on the Block programs. Studies have been conducted at universities, schools and in public health settings by professionals, educators and doctoral candidates. In these studies, the use of The Kids on the Block programs was found to be effective in creating positive change in attitudes among elementary school children.

Violence Prevention
Children's Mental Health
Alcohol & Drug Abuse
Prevention
Disability Awareness
Cultural Diversity
Bullying Prevention
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