|Founder||Nina Rappaport Rowan|
|Headquarters||San Francisco, CA, USA|
|Press Contact||Ned Kraft|
Kimochis is an educational program built upon sound research and theories of child development and social emotional learning (SEL). The Kimochis SEL System combines an easy-to-use curriculum, leveraging proven tools and language, with stuffed, cuddly characters. The kids immediately connect with the characters and then the learning begins. Each Kimochis character has a different personality and temperament so that kids and teachers can see themselves and others in the characters. By having the characters as role models, classrooms can safely discuss feelings and behaviors without singling anyone out.
Kimochis are used primarily by educators and mental health professionals who want to help others become more resilient, feel more connected and be more productive or get through difficult circumstances. With Kimochis in the classroom kids develop prosocial behaviors by dealing skillfully with their emotions and better understanding others. Kimochis easily and quickly helps kids (and adults) become more resilient and better cope with the challenges of modern life, leading to improved school climates and better educational outcomes. Kimochis kids become productive and effective communicators – helping them to make and keep friends and get and keep a job as they grow older.
Founder, Nina Rappaport Rowan was inspired to develop Kimochis in 2008 after the Columbine High School Shooting in Colorado. This unthinkable and haunting event was the specific moment in Nina’s life that changed the way she looked at the world. She began to ask herself ‘Why did this happen? What are we doing wrong? How can our children be so disconnected and self-destructive? And what can I do about it?’. All of these questions stirred in Nina’s head which ultimately led to the inspiration to create Kimochis. Nina is a family entertainment professional and executive producer of Despicable Me.To develop the educational component, Nina partnered with pioneering Speech Language Pathologist Ellen Dodge, who continues to be the Education Director at Kimochis.