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May 21, 2010

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May 21, 2010

All Our Kin demonstrates that creative engagement with communities can transform both families and communities. The staff and leadership of this organization are tireless advocates for social change.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the communities in and around New Haven, CT. All Our Kin demonstrates that creative engagement with communities can transform both families and communities.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

January 7, 2010

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January 7, 2010

I think All Our Kin is the most brilliant idea ever for a nonprofit, creating day care and job training solutions at once. I hope this expands--we need this in New York!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

its impact on New Haven

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

That there is no point in getting a job if you can't afford day care--problem solved

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Kind and the most brilliant people I have ever met.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Replicate nationally

Ways to make it better...

I had spent more time there

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Expand to New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Dallas, New Orleans, Miami, Detroit, Minneapolis, Chicago, Atlanta, and San Francisco.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Pure genius

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

January 7, 2010

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January 7, 2010

What stands out most at All Our Kin is the enthusiasm and dedication of the staff. The staff is a living example for their clients in how to succeed in a service sector business. No task is beneath anyone on the staff when it comes to serving a client. I made an in-kind donation of a bed for a client’s child and I was inspired when a staffperson showed up to pick it up with her husband because they had the right size vehicle for the job.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Replicate this great model that links educating parents about early childhood development with job training.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

January 7, 2010

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January 7, 2010

All Our Kin provides women with the tools to not just address their current needs and challenges, but to acquire the skills, knowledge and motivation to build a better life for themselves and their children.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The desire of the staff to not just bandaid problems but make significant social and institutional change.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Spread their incredible, effective model throughout the nation!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 6, 2010

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January 6, 2010

Because of All Our Kin, New Haven is a better place. I am an individual donor and participate with others in reviews that result in monetary awards from philanthropic organizations. We consider the return on investment to be "priceless' Not only are day care providers educated, trained and financed (when needed),and assisted with licensing; the children for whom they are responsible are given the tools for success in school. A donation to this group is the paradigm for a "hand Up" rather than a "hand Out" They also provide their expertise in a bilingual forum. They encourage continuing education for their clients.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The funds that have been invested have shown incredible impact on the lives of both adults and children. They may be reflected for generations and considered sustainable change in these lives.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

replicate its model beyond its current location by providing training to other trainers and technical assistance. It could also expand its revolving loan fund to new day care providers in the expanded venues.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 29, 2009

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September 29, 2009

I have observed All Our Kin from many different perspectives -- as a donor, a researcher, and a board member -- in the past eight years I have been acquainted with the organization. The staff's unwavering commitment to the families in the communities they serve is unparalleled in the greater New Haven area. All Our Kin offers rigorously designed programs created to have the greatest impact in the communities they serve. The organization's ability to serve two groups -- family childcare providers and the children in their care -- simultaneously and effectively is what makes All Our Kin so unique and highly revered, both locally and nationally.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

exceedingly talented and committed to the organization's vision and mission. All Our Kin staff is creative and thoughtful at every level of the organization.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 29, 2009

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September 29, 2009

I started volunteering with All Our Kin as a college student, and I was so incredibly inspired by the work of the organization and its leaders that I joined the staff after graduation. The vision and intellect of All Our Kin's founders have made it one of the most successful grassroots organizations I've ever seen, and their warmth and spirit has drawn hundreds of families, child care providers, and community members to their organization's welcoming doors. This is a hands-on organization that makes a direct impact in the early childhood education opportunities for the community's young children.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the children that the organization works with.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the staff and the families and child care providers with whom they work!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 14, 2009

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August 14, 2009

I am a pediatrician and when I am n an exam room discussing how a family plans to care for their young child, I am constantly faced with the question of who--who is not in the exam room with us--is caring for the child and who is helping those child care providers do the best for the child? All Our Kin is a fabulous organization because they recognize how important the role of the child care provider is in caring for young children. They improve the quality of child care for all children in greater New Haven.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

How everyone who works there is there to help young children and families.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Hard working, amazing.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Teach organizations throughout the country how to work cooperatively with child care providers who provide care to some of the neediest children in our country and improve the quality of care provided to those children.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 10, 2009

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August 10, 2009

This non-profit is run by two compassionate and brilliant women who inspire me with their tireless dedication to low-income families. The two Ivy League graduates—one trained as an educator, one as a lawyer—opted-out of white collar career trajectories to create a program where families could move out of poverty and into the workforce. The program trained inner-city mothers to become certified day-care workers while simultaneously providing child care for their children while they were in educational classes. Now, nearly a decade later, their grassroots non-profit, All Our Kin, has expanded its vision – to provide all children, regardless of socio-economic background, with all the advantages that our privileged society is capable of providing. If All Our Kin had additional monetary resources they would be able to expand their efforts to reach additional communities in need. I have worked directly with a group of their Hispanic child-care providers when I offered a free yoga class aimed at teaching skills for stress reduction and mindfulness. I found the providers to be dedicated and heartfelt individuals who have directly benefited their communities through their day care centers.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

absolutely dedicated to being of service.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

go national and take this empowering child-care model to additional needy communities.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 9, 2009

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August 9, 2009

Having heard about what great work Janna and Jessica are doing in our community, I interviewed them for the Lifespan Development textbook I am writing. That way, readers of the text are exposed to careers that are outside of the usual trajectory (e.g. Psychology, Education, Nursing, Social Work, etc.), but very much benefit the development of children and adults. I also discuss All Our Kin with my university students every semester, and have some students that would like to volunteer. Many of my students are of modest means though, and work full-time in addition to taking courses full-time. Were All Our Kin to have increased financial support, I believe a greater number of students could become involved, even as part-time interns. Should that be the case, more of the community would be served by their fantastic organization.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the lives of millions of women, and increase the school readiness skills of our future workforce.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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