Kids on the Block (KOB) is a puppet program presented by the Parent Child Center of Tulsa (PCCT). Our mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect through education, treatment, and advocacy. The KOB puppet program is underwritten through a generous grant provided by a local Tulsa charitable foundation and is offered to you without cost.
Since 2006, the KOB puppet program has been equipping elementary school students with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand the harmful effects of child abuse while empowering children to seek out help from trusted adults if abuse is happening to them. We also provide a strong bullying prevention puppet program empowering students to speak-up for self and others while reaching out to trusted adults to prevent and intervene in bullying situations.
“This program is amazing! It is information presented in an entertaining and educational format. We always enjoy Kids on the Block visits!” Marsha – 1st grade teacher
Please contact our KOB Program Coordinator to schedule programming: 918-599-7999.
KOB programming can accommodate up to 6 classes per grade, per puppet show. Ideally, KOB should be presented in an auditorium, media-center or commons area large enough to accommodate student seating being conducive to discussion. KOB is not an all school assembly program; rather, KOB provides age appropriate puppet shows at selected grade levels.
New Scheduling Information: KOB requires two (2) consecutive weeks to schedule performances – grades 2 through 6. Week One and Week Two should ideally be scheduled on the same day of the week and time for both performances.
Kids on the Block puppeteer educators teach children how to protect themselves in difficult situations.
Our puppet kids provide a friendly environment that allows children to share their feelings and fears and get answers to their questions.
Meet Our Kids: Joanne, Stephen, Brenda, Nam, Melody, Clare and Eddy
As part of our prevention department the KOB Kids perform to children Pre-K through 5th grade. They perform skits on a variety of topics such as:
- Bullying – You’re Not the Boss of Me
- Caught in the Middle – Divorce Show
- Stranger Danger
- Physical Abuse
- Sexual Abuse
- Shake it Up – Violence alternatives
Teachers and children trust Kids On The Block to talk truthfully in kid language about tough issues that affect their lives. They tell it like it is with age-appropriate presentations. And it is amazing what a puppet hears. When a child’s hand goes up, a wall comes down and that teachable moment is achieved.
“Both lessons were very informative. I know the boys and girls get so much out of these performances.” Susan, guidance counselor at Jarman Elementary
To schedule a Kids on the Block show at your organization, contact Jacqueline Gallegos at 918.699.0550 or email her at JGallegos@parentchildcenter.org.
“Every day I have the privilege of teaching kids through the art of puppetry how to stay safe and how bad situations can get better by telling an adult.” – Jacque, KOB Coordinator
Kids on the Block is an educational theatrical presentation utilizing puppets.
KOB started over 33 years ago out of Columbia, Maryland. It is an internationally acclaimed program.
Kids on the Block has 40 programs that help children. The topics include disability awareness/medical,educational differences to social and safety issues.
The Parent Child Center’s KOB programing focuses on social and safety concerns like bullying, physical and sexual abuse, and divorce.
The Japanese Bunraku style of puppetry helps the puppeteer to disappear and the puppets to come alive. This style of puppetry is extremely effective in creating an atmosphere where children feel safe and comfortable asking the puppets questions about the topic after the show.
Kids on the Block performances are not new to Tulsa. Reba Lutton performed in the schools years before Jacqueline Gallegos moved to Tulsa.
In 2005 Gallegos moved to Tulsa and wanted to keep performing KOB shows. She began in Knoxvillle, Tennessee in 2000 performing all the shows daily, and studying with Aric -James Darroe, president of Kids on the Block, Inc.
Gallegos asked several schools if they had a program and found The Parent Child Center of Tulsa. She soon began volunteering and training others.
In 2008 The Parent Child Center of Tulsa hired Gallegos as their first Kids on the Block coordinator. The program has grown quickly reaching over 30,000 last year.
PK, Kindergarten & 1st Grade
“Sticks and Stones” & “Bad Strangers” (30 m. total for both puppet performances) Stick and Stones: Brenda and Melody model what to do in bullying situations, specifically if someone is name calling.
Bad Strangers: Bloomfield models staying away from strangers.
Week One (45 minutes):
“Sticks and Stones” & Bad “Strangers”
Stick and Stones: Brenda and Melody model what to do in bullying situations, specifically if someone is name calling.
Bad Strangers: Bloomfield models staying away from strangers.
Week Two (45 minutes):
“Keep Telling” & “Hot Line”
Keep Telling: Joanne has a lot of questions for Stephen about his abusive situation at home. She wants to know how he told about what was happening. Stephen explains how he told and how important it is to keep telling until someone believes and can help.
Hot Line: Nam has learned a lot about child abuse but is still confused about what abuse is and is not. He interrupts Stephen’s homework session, thinking that his parents are doing “child abuse” to him. Stephen invites Nam over and helps him understand more about child abuse.
Kids on the Block Program Outcomes:
Center of Applied Research for Nonprofit Organizations, OU-Tulsa February 2014
The aim of research within this program is to determine the effectiveness of Kids on the Block in educating children in various concepts related to abuse and bullying as well as determine whether or not a change in behavior is likely.
Procedure and Instrument:
The Kids on the Block program was evaluated using self-reporting questionnaires for the children who attended presentations. All of the children who attended were either 3rd or 4th grade students totaling over 280 students. The self-report consisted of eight total questions (four about child abuse issues and four about bullying issues) having two subscales, knowledge and behavior, as well as a total score. PCCT staff in conjunction with OU developed the scale so that questions would be directly related to the content being present to students. Teachers were also giving a survey to help evaluate the puppet show performance and the overall developmental appropriateness of the presentation. These surveys were given to the Center for Applied Research for Nonprofit Organizations for analysis.
Summary:The results of the Kids on the Block program were consistently positive. The goal of the program is to increase knowledge of child abuse and bullying as well as hopefully change the behavior of students who experience abuse or bullying. For the child abuse program, all three variables including knowledge, behavior, and the total score were statistically significant from Pre to Post. For the bullying program, both the knowledge subscale and the total score were statistically significant from Pre to Post. The letters students wrote were generally positive and displayed an increase in knowledge of the concepts presented. The teacher response to the program was overwhelmingly positive with three variables, including puppeteer performance, audience reaction, and increased awareness receiving only positive responses. Teacher comments were also positive toward the program both in terms of content, program, and presentation.
- KTUL: Empowering Kids Against Sexual Abuse (2/26/2015)
- Kids On The Block Featured In KJRH Story About Stranger Danger (5/6/2014)
- Tulsa Kids: Bringing Down Bullies (8/2/2012)
- Tulsa Drillers, Tulsa Public Schools and PCCT announce anti-bullying campaign (11/3/2011)