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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Vocational & Technical Schools

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. 

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

All Our Kin is an extremely effective organization that empowers women, creates new businesses, and improves the quality and availability of childcare. The directors and staff are smart, creative, compassionate, committed, hardworking, and visionary.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.