Rappahannock Area Kids on the Block

We all have different learning styles. We know through the continued success of programs like Sesame Street and other popular kid’s networks, children relate to and love puppets.

Our community is fortunate to have the Rappahannock Area Kids on the Block youth puppet prevention education program. The 3½ foot tall “puppet kids” discuss important (and often sensitive) topics in a clear, non-threatening manner while dispelling myths and providing useful information through role-modeling positive behaviors. Each performance helps youth understand how to better express positive feelings, build effective communication, and relationship skills. Performances provide a platform for discussion about the topic where the audience can speak directly to the “kid puppet” about their experiences, solutions to the problem at hand, and knowledge they can take with them.

Rappahannock Area Kids on the Block is pleased to provide educational performances on the following topics:

  • Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Prevention
  • Automobile, Bike Safety, Sun & Water Safety
  • Avoiding Gangs & Violence
  • Bully Prevention & School Safety
  • Celebrating Individual Differences
  • Coping with Crisis; Children’s Mental Health
  • Deployment & Return Helping Military Children Cope
  • Diabetes (Juvenile, type 1)
  • Disabilities, Acceptance & Understanding
  • (Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Seeing Impaired)
  • Diversity
  • Early Learning Series Life Lessons, Being a Good Person & Self Esteem
  • Emotional Disturbance Understanding (major affective disorder in youth)
  • First Aid & Fire Safety
  • Healthy Bodies, Healthy Habits; Combating Childhood Obesity
  • Making New Friends
  • Physical Abuse & Sexual Abuse Prevention

   Want to learn more about RAKOB programs and opportunities?

    Please contact us to schedule a program or get specific information on the topics listed above.

  • Call 540-940-2325 or email rakob@rappahannockareacsb.org to schedule a performance for the children in your life.
  • Become a volunteer puppeteer!
  • As a 501C3 non-profit organization in the Fredericksburg and surrounding counties for more that 20 years, RAKOB relies on community support to provide programming to more than 10,000 children each year.     

         The Rappahannock Area Community Services Board serves as the fiscal agent for RAKOB.



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Emergency Services are still available. Please call 540-373-6876 if you or a loved one are experiencing a crisis.

Due to the current State of Emergency, and in accordance with recommendation to limit in-person gatherings to 10 or less, our May Board of Directors meeting will be held virtually at 5 p.m. on May 19. Public comment may be submitted up until 4:00 pm on May 19th by emailing  publicinformation@rappahannockareacsb.org.  Public comments that include the full name and address of the commenter will be read into the record during the Public Comment portion of the meeting.  The meeting will be Livestreamed on Rappahannock Area Community Services Board’s Facebook page on May 19, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

We encourage our community to stay home (whenever possible) and stay safe throughout the COVID-19 outbreak. We now offer most of our outpatient, early intervention, and case management services via telemedicine so you can receive the support you need from the safety of your home.

Our committee and board meetings and facilities tour for April have been canceled. Our day support programs are suspended temporarily.

Our popular plant sale is continuing but with some changes to ensure everyone's safety. Please order ahead and your plants will be waiting for you when you drive up.

At this time, we are suspending recruitment for most positions. See our employment portal for more information.

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