The Kids on the Block is an unforgettable, interactive program that has been educating children about child abuse and basic safety since 1987. Through puppetry, kid-sized characters come to life to address a diverse range of topics including stranger safety, 9-1-1 the emergency number, the four types of child abuse (physical, sexual, emotional and neglect) and an understanding of the difference between discipline and child abuse.
The Kids on the Block puppets allow us to provide factual, unbiased information in an entertaining, non-threatening, child-centred way. Through the magic of theatre, puppet characters share their own personal experiences, role play, illustrate sensitive issues and teach practical skills. Our programs are delivered in an age-appropriate context and always provide an opportunity for questions and discussion.
Kids on the Block supports educators by providing extensively researched support materials, follow up activities and guidelines to help them facilitate discussion with their students.
The Kids on the Block is available to over 120 Public, Separate, French-Language and private schools in Essex County, touching the lives of approximately 10,000 - 15,000 children annually. The program is also performed throughout the region at Community Centres and special events of all kinds. Since 1987, we have had the opportunity to touch the lives of over 300,000 children in our community. As a result of these presentations, numerous disclosures of physical and sexual abuse have been received over the years.
*Windsor's Kids on the Block is an affiliate and limited licensee of The Kids on the Block Incorporated, Columbia, Maryland, USA. Windsor's Kids on the Block is presented by the Windsor-Essex Children's Aid Society.