WHY WE HELP MAKE A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE

Group Of Young Friends Together

Kody’s Kids mission is to help ensure that kids can have the opportunity to develop basic learning skills.

We do this by inspiring them to find their passion, and desire, to become better readers and to understand the joys and benefits of having healthy habits.

We also want to give comfort and encouragement to those kids who are experiencing illness and other life-altering situations in their lives.

Our founder, Philip Brown, started Kody’s Kids because when he was working with adults in trade schools he saw many struggles with learning due to the lack of basic skills, including reading. Many of these folks had children of their own who were going down the same path.

Kody’s Kids initially began offering a Reading Time for preschool students. But, as time went by we realized that our Reading Time needed to have a bigger purpose. The books we were reading needed to have a theme that would cover the healthy habits we were trying to instill with the students. Having healthy habits was just as important for the students to learn and discover.

After working with many classes, we noticed students would be out due to an illness for long periods of time. We wanted to let them know that we were thinking about them and to keep that connection. That’s why we created the Comfort Quilt program. Keeping that connection was a key to the student’s learning and as a reminder of the importance of reading and healthy habits. We also created the Reading with Kody O’Bear online classroom with the hopes of reaching more kids who cannot make it to a classroom.

Our target audience is students between the ages of 4–10 and coming between pre-kindergarten and elementary education, particularly those who may need extra encouragement because of situations beyond their control.


Reading kids on bench

Reading

A study by the American Academy of Pediatrics states that reading to young children can stimulate brain development and help build language, literacy, and social skills. Ultimately, the more used to reading a child is, the more prepared a child is to read. This preparedness results in a child who reads well, and who is more likely to graduate high school and perhaps go on to college.

Healthy Eating: Diverse Group Children Food Group Baskets High A

 Nutrition and Exercise

Proper nutrition early in life helps children develop the ability to learn, communicate, think analytically, and socialize effectively. Good nutrition also helps in preventing certain childhood diseases.  Teaching a child to eat healthful foods and to exercise while young can help lead to a healthful lifestyle and a long life while preventing issues like obesity and the problems that go along with it.

diverse_children2

Kindness to Others

Bullying can affect not only the one bullied but also those who bully and those who witness it.   Bullying can cause negative outcomes like changes in mental health, the use of substances, and even suicide.  Instilling children with a sense of compassion and empathy for others can help stop bullying before it starts.

Oral Health

Children with healthy mouths are more apt to have better over-all bodily health. Oral conditions can interfere with eating and therefore, adequate nutritional intake. This can affect both physical and mental development. Other effects of pour oral hygiene are difficulty speaking, self-esteem issues, and problems concentrating due to pain. Preventive dental care, like regular brushing and flossing, will result in less extensive, and less costly, treatment.

Sun Safety

On average, children get three-times more sun exposure than adults. One blistering sunburn can double a child’s lifetime risk of developing skin cancer. People of all skin colors can, and do, get sun-burnt if protection like clothing and sunscreen is not used. Additionally, the lenses of young eyes are more transparent than those of adults and that transparency allows 70% more UV radiation to reach the retina, which can cause eye damage and even cancer. Children should always wear sunglasses when outside.