All Our Kin

Rating: 5 stars   44 reviews

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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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EIN 06-1539280
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Rating: 5 stars  

I was an undergraduate in New Haven. When I moved back to New Haven five years later, I knew I wanted to get involved in the community and All Our Kin was at the top of my list of organizations to reach out to. I knew they did amazing work empowering women and helping children. I didn't know how wonderful the staff would be about incorporating volunteers into their mission. So many organizations make it difficult to get involved, but All Our Kin found substantive and consistent ways for me to help immediately. Since I've started volunteering at All Our Kin, I've been able to see first hand how amazingly committed the staff is. They have an inspiring vision for how to improve the lives of so many people in our community and they work implement that vision every day.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am inspired by the community that All Our Kin has helped to cultivate with and on behalf of child care providers in the state of CT. Together, All Our Kin and the care givers have created more opportunities for access to quality early child care in communities that need them most.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have spent over an hour staring at my computer screen, trying to think of how I could possibly do justice to everything that All Our Kin is. The word I to which I keep coming back is thoughtful. I've worked with many nonprofits, but I've never encountered an organization this deliberate in its operations: because every staff member loves their work and completely buys in to All Our Kin's vision, they think very, very hard about what they do, and this shines through in their results and in the immense respect the community has for All Our Kin. Thoughtful feedback at all levels is appreciated — even as a new volunteer, I was encouraged to share my thoughts with all staff, and what I said was taken seriously. It's clear that the staff trusts each other to do a good job, and that each member deserves that trust.

The work All Our Kin does isn't sexy, but it's the kind of work that makes a real difference. I had the pleasure to attend the annual conference at Gateway Community College, and let me tell you that this organization means the world to the people it serves. I had countless providers come up to me and thank me for volunteering; everyone seemed over the moon and feeling empowered. It was a wonderful event. If you're in the New Haven area and are looking for an organization to work with, you really can't do any better than All Our Kin.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

All Our Kin is an inspiring organization in the field of early childhood education. All Our Kin's model of passionate advocacy and thoughtful, dedicated empowerment touches providers, children, and families across the state of Connecticut and impacts early childhood education policy across the nation.

I can say with complete confidence that everyone who works at All Our Kin cares deeply for the providers, the families, and the children that they work with. This shared passion for the welfare of young children and their providers leads not only to the success of the organization but also to the strong sense of community among the staff. Volunteering at All Our Kin I felt lucky, motivated, and inspired every day. I can't say enough good things about this organization!!!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

When I moved home to New Haven, I wanted to get involved with a non-profit affecting social change, and making a measurable impact in an efficient manner. In finding All Our Kin, I lucked out. This organization is a simple model which specifically targets the economic and educational disparities existing in my hometown. All Our Kin improves the quality of home based childcare for the youngest citizens, which has noted effects: the CHILDREN are prepared for school in safe, nurturing environments; WOMEN (often under educated and under employed) receive quality training to operate home based businesses caring for these children; and, PARENTS with young children feel assured that their children are well cared for and re-enter the labor force themselves. There are not many organizations that improve the lives of so many people in a community. Much of this is only possible because of the clarity, focus and devotion of the staff at All Our Kin.

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

Give them enough money that their efforts could be solely focused on improving home based child care and not diverted by the necessary task of securing funding.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a board member, donor and citizen, I want to see a non-profit organization mindfully progress, providing needed services efficiently, constantly evaluating and improving their offerings. AOK blows me away and thankfully, they are receiving the deserved recognition for the huge impact their services make on children, women, families and communities.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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10 people found this review helpful

A person would be hard-pressed to find an organization which provides such meaningful services positively affecting so many people. AOK helps low income individuals open quality, licensed home based child card programs. This improves the individual's confidence, income level and quality of life, while giving their children and the children of their neighbors the tools they need to be successful once in school, and freeing the parents of other children to also find work. It is an uplifting cycle rather than the vicious cycles so often seen in the communities AOK serves. The service AOK provides can change the fabric of a neighborhood.

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

passionate, engaged, well-informed and creative.

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

sustain its mission fully in the community of New Haven without constant fund-raising efforts and launch consulting efforts to bring their methods to other cities and towns.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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15 people found this review helpful

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.

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?

2009-6-01

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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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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

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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