All Our Kin is a successful organization due in large part to the leadership at the top, Jessica Sager and Janna Wagner. Their vision 10 years ago, to support family childcare workers, improve the quality of instruction within family childcare setting and provide a meaningful network for family childcare workers, revolutionized the profession of home childcare workers. After 10 years, All Our Kin has moved from a small, New Haven-based family childcare network to being a national model. Well Done AOK!
All Our Kin is an amazing non-profit organization in the realm of early childhood education and training. On a meager budget, they've been able to increase the supply of quality child care in the community. They allow parents to enter the workforce without worrying about the care of their children. In addition, a recent economic analysis of the Tool Kit Licensing Project demonstrated that childcare providers have increased their income and well being of their families. When thinking about how best to close the achievement gap that exists today, many concerned citizens and/or politicians are working to create opportunities/solutions for students in middle school, high school or applying to college. I argue that we need to take a look at quality early childhood education and All Our Kin is having monumental success in this area. Other communities throughout the country should take notice. If I had a million dollars to give, it'd be to All Our Kin.
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.
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.
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.
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.