This past Saturday, All Our Kin held its seventh annual family child care conference. The event – the only one of its kind in Connecticut – offered 150 family child care providers from across the state the opportunity to come together for a day-long conference. Providers joined together to celebrate their hard work, become inspired and invigorated, network with each other, and learn new strategies and skills from master teachers.
The conference overcomes linguistic, racial, cultural, and socioeconomic differences to unite family child care providers, who care for our youngest and most vulnerable children. The entire conference was offered in both English and Spanish simultaneously, to ensure that Spanish-speaking providers have access to the same workshops and trainings as their English-speaking colleagues.
This year, the conference featured a keynote address by Dr. Myra Jones-Taylor, assistant professor and faculty fellow at the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at the Silver School of Social Work at New York University. Dr. Jones-Taylor talked to providers about the achievement gap, and how their work can give low-income children the early education experiences they need to succeed, telling them, “You are a weapon in the fight against inequality.” The keynote address was followed by two sets of breakout workshops, a showcase of quality practices in All Our Kin family child care programs, and an inspirational closing plenary by Ify Nwokoye, a yoga teacher and life coach.
If you weren’t able to make it, we live tweeted the event so you could get an inside look. Check out our twitter account @AllOurKin to see even more photos and learn more about the workshops. We’ll also be featuring some providers’ accounts of the conference on our blog, so check back here soon!