All Our Kin

Rating: 5 stars   44 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: PO Box 8477 New Haven CT 06530 USA

Mission: All Our Kin, Inc., is a nationally-recognized, New Haven-based nonprofit organization that trains, supports, and sustains community child care providers in order to ensure that children and families have the foundation they need to succeed in school and in life.  Our vision: all children, regardless of where they live, their racial or ethnic background, or how much money their parents earn, will begin their lives with all the advantages, all the tools, and all the experiences that we, as a society, are capable of giving them. And All Our Kin works to achieve that vision on many different levels at the same time. We make it possible for children to receive the excellent foundational early learning experiences they need and deserve. We furnish working parents with the resources to find and keep high-quality child care. We equip caregivers with the skills and resources to move out of poverty and open child care businesses in their communities. And we invest in neighborhoods, by building the capacity, quality, and viability of local child care businesses.
Geographic areas served: Connecticut
Programs: Family, friend and neighbor caregivers provide much of the daily child care to families in low-income neighborhoods. Through the Toolkit project, All Our Kin provides materials, mentorship and support to help these unlicensed caregivers meet health and safety standards, fulfill state licensing requirements, and become part of a professional community of child care providers. In this incentive-based project, caregivers receive boxes of useful resources and goodies, which gradually increase in value, as they move through the licensing process.  Each box contains the necessary paperwork for each step towards licensure, as well as health and safety supplies; educational supplies such as quality children’s books, blocks, and art materials; and vouchers for training. 
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Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

All Our Kin was founded and is run by two passionate, dedicated, and creative young women who ten years ago recognized a need and moved to fill it. The program has an impact on the people it serves and the broader community. Home day care providers are given the tools and support to successfully create a safe, healthy, stimulating environment for an underserved population of children. The providers are offered training, technical assistance and a network of like minded professionals so that they may move toward accreditation and beyond. Enabling the providers, mostly women previously unemployed, to become small business owners has had a positive economic impact on their communities.

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

the impact on the lives of the participants. The providers have had an opportunity to prove their worth, better their lives and make a significant contribution.

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

continue the good work in program development and look for funding for a development person.

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

following and being part of the continuing development of the program as it has expanded to serve more women and children.

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

superb, committed and passionate about the mission.

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

hire and train staff to replicate this program nationwide. It already is a model that is admired and respected by all who know of it.

Ways to make it better...

we could have had the services of a development professional.

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

continuing to expand the reach of the program without compromising the focus.

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

A newsletter to current and prospective donors could generate interest and support and help inform a larger segment of the public of the good work this program accomplishes. However this would require additional staff and funding.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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11 people found this review helpful

All Our Kin is a friendly organization that provides a wonderful service to New Haven. Their mission to train and equip low-income home caregivers throughout the city helps the women, provides new opportunities and education for the children, and makes the city safer. This is a great non-profit, staffed by two lovely women who know what they're talking about.

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

the smiling faces of children.

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

Ways to make it better...

we had had more time to see even more aspects of what they do.

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

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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12 people found this review helpful

All Our Kin represents the finest in proactive and forward thinking in the Greater New Haven Community, when it comes to programs that benefit our area's youth. By providing support, training and access to grant subsidies for otherwise unskilled and unqualified (and, oftentimes, unemployed) individuals, AOK provides a mechanism for them to learn and perfect a highly marketable skill as a certified provider of home day care services. This is a win-win for all involved. The trainees become highly contributing members of the community; additional slots for quality day care are created, thereby addressing some of the historical shortages that exist in the communities that need this the most (enabling parents to pursue gainful employment; and, the children who participate in these day care programs have a leg up in the development of social and academic skills, the absence of which would otherwise predispose them to deficient outcomes in their school careers. AOK makes possible these terrific results with a minimal budget, thanks to visionary leadership and a dedicated, mission-minded staff. It's a wonderful organization, and is a model of creativity, ingenuity and success in our region.

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

inspiring a very close personal friend of mine to pursue a career as a day care provider.

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

utilize the success stories of the persons whom it has served as a powerful public relations mechanism, to spread the word about its mission, and inspire others in the community to support it enthusiastically.

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

seeing first-hand the dedication of its staff, and getting to know its inspirational leaders.

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

knowledgeable, creative, compassionate and results-oriented people.

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

change the world by providing a sustainable model for making a quality day care experience attainable to every child.

Ways to make it better...

more people knew of this organization's mission and supported it with their time, talent and treasure.

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

the financial constraints under which it currently operates.

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

the leadership of this organization is phenomenal.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-8-01

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6 people found this review helpful

AOK provides a high-quality program that actively meets the needs of the community. Its leaders are long-term active members of the New Haven community who bring expertise (including degrees from Yale Law and the Harvard Graduate School of Education) and unparalleled passion to their work.

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

change urban early childhood education!

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2009-6-01

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4 people found this review helpful

All Our Kin is a unique organization founded by two very dedicated, thoughtful, and idealistic young women in response to changes in the welfare system that were forcing parents (mostly moms) to make choices between working and caring for their children. AOK empowers women by giving them the tools they need to become owners of their own businesses and professional childcare providers.

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

the real changes it has made in the lives of the women it serves and in the lives of the children they care for.

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

put Jessica and Jana in charge!

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

hearing first hand from women who have participated about how the experience has empowered them, given them self-confidence, increased their stature, and enriched their lives.

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

extraordinarily committed to their work, enthusiastic, caring, sensitive, bright, and fun.

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

expand to provide these services throughout Connecticut, reform childcare here, and be a national model replicated throughout the US.

Ways to make it better...

Although we always hope to see good organizations grow, I have very much enjoyed being part of this effort while it is young and there is such a strong personal commitment from a core group of supporters.

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

increasing funding.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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4 people found this review helpful

All Our Kin provides an essential service to the city of New Haven. The program not only provides people with job skills but with life skills. The participants receive expert knowledege in child development and quality child care. Study after study shows the importance of the first three years of a child's life. Children who attend family child care provided by AOK graduates know how to provide the optimal environment to enable children to be successful throughout their lives. AOK has a commitment to the entire community shown by their offering of bilingual training. All of their sessions are taught in English and Spanish. The mix of participants provides a richer learning environment for all. Every year they offer a conference for family child care providers that is very well attended. Various workshops are offered as well as a keynote address. Providers always have high praise for the event and leave energized to continue their work.

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

the faces of the participants as they learn new things.

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

change the world.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I came to know this nonprofit threw the State of Connecticut when at that time I was getting assitance from the State. Somnething that I dind't want to be on. I was always a hard working single mom. But there are times that you can't make it on your own and you need the help. I heard of the program threw my Social Worker from the state and he helped me get in the program. I was very very happy that he got me this opportunity to do this kind of work. All our kin help me get my self esteem back up. I was with All our Kin from 2002-2003; I met about 5 other girls in the same situation as me but some of them just went to All our Kin just to go becuase if they didn't go they will have there assitance taken away. The honest truth is that All our Kin has help me alot. It was like going to work every single morning. It thought us the responsiblity of getting up in the morning and going to work. "very cool" not alot of people like to get up and go to work. The staff what to say about them;they are the nicest staff that i have ever met. They are understandable, nice, fun, loving and caring. They were always there for you when you needed a helpiong hand. I also was exicited when All our Kin went to Washington DC "THE ALL AMERICAN CITY" and we won! I was very proud of all of us. Especialy for ALL OUR KIN. The services were be on expected they did what ever it took for you to be the best provider in the City. the results from this nonprofit is that you leave with a job in your hands after you graduate from the program or you end up opeinging your own Chid Care Center. This is what makes ALL OUR KIN AMASING. When I graduated from ALL OUR KIN I started to work at a family Chid Care Center. You will make it but you have to believe in yourself and always say to yourself that you can do it. I will alwyas thank ALL OUR KIN for what they did for me. For me I will recomend ALL OUR KIN to every single mom that wants to make it on there own. All our Kin is one of the best programs that I have been in. Keep the Good work up!

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

All aspects! helping single low income mom get back onthere feets.

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

Everything! They taught me to be a stong women and to believe in myself and in what I do.

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

Awesome, great, caring, loving, friendly,all these and much more etc.....

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

Help alot of low income mom and dads that dream of having there own business in the Child Care area.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2002-3-01

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4 people found this review helpful

Since it began in 1999, All Our Kin has been improving the quality and accessibility of child care in New Haven. Their programs are data-driven and need-based, and their results very impressive. While other communities in Connecticut have lost child care teachers in past 10 years, leaving few care options for low-income families, the number of family child care teachers in New Haven--and the quality of the care provided--has increased, thanks to All Our Kin.

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

the lives of child care teachers they have taught and those of the children those teachers care for and teach.

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

hire a development director.

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

working with the staff and family child care teachers in their programs.

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

passionate, bright, and dedicated.

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

improve the quality and accessibility of early childhood education across Connecticut and the country.

Ways to make it better...

All Our Kin had more resources for its programs.

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

fund-raising, particularly in this economic climate.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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6 people found this review helpful

Whether you consider yourself a "bootstrapper" or a "bleeding heart," AOK delivers undeniable results that positively impact the lives of professionals, parents, children and entire neighborhoods. The leadership and their employees' dedication to quality early education, empowerment and community is extraordinary to witness (as a current board member)and enviable to all those who wish to make a difference with their own lives.

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

a city that supports and is supported by in return the dozens of legitimate businesses it has helped to create

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

working with people that are filled with compassion, driven by mission and uncompromising in vision

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

exceptional

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

help an generation of children and a generation of business people statewide.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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7 people found this review helpful

Innovative, with measurable impact on the lives of women and children, All Our Kin has developed an effective model for breaking the cycle of poverty in New Haven. It's "win-win" for everyone involved when formerly unemployed mothers get the support and guidance to open home-based daycare centers serving neighborhood children. These women become early educators of otherwise high risk pre-schoolers, and children thrive in creative, clean, organized households.

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

children entering kindergarden poised for success.

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

hire a development director.

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

the delightful staff.

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

competent, enthusiastic, hard-working.

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

make meaningful early education the norm for every child in New Haven.

Ways to make it better...

staff had a full-time development director to raise money for the administrative needs of the organization.

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

raising money.

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

All Our Kin is changing the lives of women and children in a deep and meaningful way.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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