Chattanooga's Kids on the Block (Chattanooga, TN)


  • Name:Kelly Williams
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Chattanooga's Kids on the Block
  • Address:P.O. Box 4764
    310 E. 8th Street
    Chattanooga, TN 37405
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:423-757-5259
  • Main fax:423-757-5015

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  • Mission:
  • Using the power of puppetry, our mission is to educate children about social concerns and differences, giving them skills to stay safe and healthy.

  • Overview:
  • Kids on the Block is an international organization with associates world-wide and one or more troupes in each state of the United States. Forty-five educational programs have been nationally researched and developed and are available to all Kids on the Block troupes. Chattanooga's Kids on the Block is licensed to perform 43 of the 45 national programs. The educational programs focus on disability awareness, medical and educational differences and social and safety issues. The programs are age appropriate for children pre-kindergarten through fifth grade and specifically focused on awareness and prevention topics: accepting difference, bullying, safe schools, anger management, child abuse, problem solving, mental health and depression, nutrition, brain injury, gangs and violence, alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, childhood obesity and life leadership skills. The curriculum uses the non-threatening medium of puppetry called Bunraku to introduce sensitive issues to children in the classroom or community setting. The puppeteers/educators dress completely in black and become the shadow behind the puppet. This illusion allows for a unique and effective form of education. As our puppets come to life, children identify with them and open up as if they were trusted friends. Each program is comprised of two or more scripts and two or more puppets. The programs are approximately 20-60 minutes in length and are followed by an interactive opportunity for children to talk with the puppets about the program and to ask questions. Studies show that children respond to puppets and open up as if they were trusted friends. We develop and provide to each student specific follow-up materials as well as materials for parents and educators. These materials, such as activity sheets, adult/parent and educator resource guides and classroom activities reinforce the lessons of each educational topic. Additionally, children are provided with letter forms to show what they learned from each program. Using "key phrase" tools developed in cooperation with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and qualified by the Peabody Institute of Vanderbilt University, each letter is scored by trained staff to show the effectiveness of each program. Through these letters and the interactive opportunities within each program, all requests for help are turned over to the proper authorities or referred to the appropriate agency. Past evaluations of the scores indicates 70% of children show a positive change in attitude, knowledge or behavior as a result of the educational performance; 82% of high school students said seeing our program(s) while in elementary school helped them in making more responsible decisions and healthier choices. Adults and educators are provided with evaluations forms to help determine the effectiveness of the program, appropriate content and delivery of information. Past evaluations indicate 98% of parents and teachers say the educational program met or exceeded their expectation and 99% of teachers said that our programs made a positive influence in students' behaviors and attitudes in the classroom. We serve 16 counties in Southeast Tennessee, Northwest Georgia and Northeast Alabama through the educational programs.

  • History:
  • Chattanooga's Kids on the Block was founded in 1979 only two years after the national office of Kids on the block was established. We are an independent non-profit agency serving 16 counties in Southeast Tennessee, Northwest Georgia and Northeast Alabama. We perform an average of over 300 educational programs and serve over 45,000 children and adults in our community annually. Last year, we performed 394 educational programs, serving over 58,000 children and adults in our service area. We are one of the oldest, most active and most respected troupes in the United States and Canada. We are a licensed Child Abuse Prevention Agency in Tennessee. We were named 2012 and 2005 Non Profit of the Year by the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce and are recipients of the 2008 Better Business Torch Award for Ethics in the Market Place and the 2006 Alfred p. Sloan Award for the Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility. Forty-five educational programs have been nationally researched and developed and available to all Kids on the Block troupes. The educational programs focus on disability awareness, medical and educational differences and social and safety issues. Chattanooga's Kids on the Block is currently licensed to perform 43 of the 45 educational programs, with the intentions of licensing the two additional program if the needs arise within our local community. We have developed follow up activities and resource materials for children and adults/teachers specific to each program. Kids on the Block troupes around the country use our educational materials to help reinforce the lessons of each program in their own communities. Our puppeteers/educators are trained artists in the manipulation of hand and rod puppets. They hold degrees in various disciplines, with extensive ongoing continuing education related to our program topics in efforts to maintain a high level of expertise. Due to the extensive training of our puppeteers/educators, we hold an annual puppet conference open to all Kids on the Block troupes. Troupes from all over the United States and Canada have attended our conferences to gain beginning and advanced puppetry skills and learn to interact with children and adults through the puppets.

  • Year established:1979
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:13
  • Advisory board size:13
  • Staff size:8


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:58-1460361

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:581460361
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:PO BOX 4764
  • Organization City:CHATTANOOGA
  • Organization State:TN
  • Organization Zip:37405-0764
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:May, 1982
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general publicĀ 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):160
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Aid to the handicapped (see also 031)
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2017
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:P34Z
  • Asset Amount:$129,780
  • Asset Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • Income Amount:$207,948
  • Income Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$196,029
  • Last Updated:2/22/2018 2:53:28 am

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