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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

45 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

All Our Kin is the real-deal. They have been working with childcare providers for decades and are 100% committed to their community.

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Anika L.

Board Member

Rating: 5

AOK works at the intersection of providing effective early childhood education and guaranteeing economic security. Their work accomplishes two incredibly important goals: (1) giving young children a strong start in life with high quality early childhood ed and (2) helping family day providers make a sustainable living. The work AOK does is amazing and it serves the needs of both children and small-scale entrepreneurs.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

All Our Kin works for two goals that are important to me: economic security, particularly for low and moderate income women, and high quality early childhood education. Their work is simple, in a way: help home day care providers become economically self-sufficient while also providing the children under their care the building blocks for successful primary education and beyond. But in that simplicity, they accomplish so much, for children, for parents and for providers. But the rewards are profound and have impacts from a child's well-being to a positive impact on economic development in Connecticut. The staff is extraordinarily dedicated.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have watched All Our Kin evolve for over a decade. While they have grown tremendously, there is much that has remained constant -- extraordinary commitment to the people they serve, hiring staff of only the highest quality, and taking an encompassing approach to service (serving the whole person and all their needs, not just one piece). It is not so much that All Our Kin's services are groundbreaking in nature (though they are in some respects); it is that they perform them better than anyone else. They are making a huge difference to the lives of providers and children in Connecticut.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with All Our Kin as a provider and as a board member. As a provider I have been able to futher my education, have visits from AOK to help improve my home daycare and have been able to meet other providers to discuss our daycares and bounce ideas to each other. As a board member I have been able to help make discissions that would benifit providers to operate a safe, loving and educational daycare. All Our Kin is a community driven organization that is there for all, children, parents and providers.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with AOK since day 1 of their existance. I first was on the side of receiving services from them (education, counseling, supplies and being NAFCC Accredidated), now I am still a part of the network and I am also on the Board for AOK. They are truly a family that helps others to begin their lives in child care but also they help you maintain and keep your families together. Each and every member of AOK has superb knowledge in their own field and can share it with others.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

All Our Kin is a unique and inspiring organizations that supports and trains home child care providers. These providers are (mostly) women who are the first teachers of some of our most vulnerable children and, with the support of All Our Kin, are able to able set the children in their care on a path to lifelong learning and to create businesses that support their own families. Early childhood education is desperately needed in so many communities, and AOK has been one of the few sources of information, training and support to help the number of providers continue to grow in New Haven and now in other communities.

skb

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!!

Wendy65

Client Served

Rating: 5

Grasias a all Our Kin . puedo desarollarme mas como provedora de cuidado de ninos. se que en ellos tengo la ayuda y el apoyo para que mi daycare gresca mas profesional mente y para que yo sea una mejor persona con esperiensia para poder tratar a otras personas no importando su orijen ect. All Our Kin me ayudo con el comienso de mi negocio muy fasil mente y todavia continua haciendolo. thnks to Sara y otros miembros del programa por ser tan kin y por su ayuda a la comunidad.

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

From my experience working with non profits, AOK is one of only a ahnful that I can say "walks the talk" when it comes to respecting and empowering those who they work with to be economically viable and providers of quality services. This organization, unlike any other, goes the extra mile to make sure that the family child care providers receive the training and support that is responsive to their cultural and language needs. For example, when you go their annual conference of family child care providers you will see a room of over 200 hundred people and every presentation and workshop is simultaneously being translated. Everything they do is top quality and strategic. They are a inspiration to others throughout the city, the region and the state. If only there were the resources to have this gem work with all the family care providers in the state ... then we could be sure that infants and toddlers were getting the best care they could and that thier parents would be geeting the support of a trined child care provider.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As someone who is concerned about the quantity and quality of care for children ages birth to five, I am so happy to have All Our Kin in our community helping to address this issue. For over 10 years they have helped to increase the number licensed family day care providers in the city--an amazing feat when statewide there has been a rapid decline in licensed family child care homes. Keeping homes open is about supporting the providers--offering information, consultation, community. They do it. They do it well.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The staff at All Our Kin are inspiring in their vision for and committment to community development in New Haven. Their support of their childcare providers is amazing- constant and thorough. I feel fortunate to have had the guidance of All Our Kin in finding a childcare provider for my son and am so proud that the extraordinary home daycare that he attends is affiliated with AOK.

Board Member

Rating: 5

All Our Kin is an extraordinary organization. It's mission is clear, and it does what it says it will do -- support families and children and provide high quality, meaningful training to many in the early childhood field. It focuses particularly on family childcare providers, often the most vulnerable and underserved providers in the field. I have been an early childhood director for forty years, a teacher, supervisor, trainer and college faculty member. I am also a founding member of he All Our Kin board . In all the work I do in this field I cannot think of an organization with more integrity, vision, energy and caring. And certainly there is none that delivers a better product and services to children, families and teachers and the community..

Board Member

Rating: 5

What drew me to All Our Kin was their vision and capacity to execute. Serving both children and parents, All Our Kin makes an immediate impact but also lays the framework for long-term success. In my time with them, I've seen the entire team mirror the dedication and passion that is apparent in their leadership. With that in mind, I am confident that the successes to date are just the beginning.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The home day care provider that my 6 month old foster daughter attends, and has attended since 3 weeks old, is now an extension of the family. The quality of care she receives is phenomenal. The Provider loves her, build relationships between the kids she has, and is constantly interested in her development and health. I am so grateful to have stumbled upon an All Our Kin trained day care!

Board Member

Rating: 5

All Our Kin increases the availability and quality of child care for Connecticut families, while simultaneously supporting new businesses. All Our Kin's dedicated staff truly care and treat each person with whom they work with respect. All Our Kin gives nothing less than excellence to any project it touches, and that drive and deciation to doing it right are what sets All Our Kin apart.