Category Archives: professional development

“I haven’t seen any organization do anything as important as this, as well as this, anywhere”: Emmy Award-winning Filmmaker Greg Jacobs Speaks at All Our Kin Annual Conference

All Our Kin’s 12th Annual Conference was the largest yet, bringing together over 200 family child care providers from across Connecticut for a day of networking, learning, reflection, and celebration. The conference was held on Saturday, June 3, at the … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Family Child Care Providers at the Yale University Art Gallery

Authors: Jessica Sack and Elizabeth Williams, Yale University Art Gallery For almost three years, the Yale University Art Gallery and All Our Kin have collaborated to offer professional development sessions to family child care providers. We at the Gallery are … Continue reading

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Growing Brains, Growing Communities: University of Bridgeport Opens its Doors for All Our Kin’s 11th Annual Family Child Care Conference

“High quality early childhood programs – whether they are in a center or in somebody’s living room – have huge, important, powerful impacts on the lives of children. And those impacts can last a lifetime.” These words, spoken by Dr. … Continue reading

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Dreams, Discovery and Development at All Our Kin’s 10th Annual Family Child Care Conference

Saturday morning, 8am: Gateway Community College is a hive of activity. Approximately 200 family child care providers weave through the large, light-filled building, adjusting translation equipment, deciphering their workshop assignments, and greeting each other enthusiastically. Some began their days hours … Continue reading

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Happy 50th Birthday, Head Start!

For the past four years, All Our Kin has operated an Early Head Start – Family Child Care Partnership in collaboration with the United Way of Greater New Haven. During this time, our blog has highlighted many Early Head Start … Continue reading

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All Our Kin’s Bridgeport Network Director Receives First Annual Susan M. Lewin Women’s Leadership Award

On October 28, 2014, The Community Fund for Women & Girls presented Nilda Aponte, All Our Kin’s Bridgeport Network Director, with the first annual Susan M. Lewin Women’s Leadership Award. The awards ceremony was part of an event called “Feminism’s … Continue reading

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“Not Just Any Day Care”: New Haven Provider Lottie Brown Shares Her Story at our Kinship in New Haven Benefit

On Thursday, October 16, All Our Kin hosted its annual Kinship in New Haven benefit at Bentara Restaurant. We invited Lottie Brown, a child care provider based in New Haven, to say a few words about her decision to start … Continue reading

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Mornings at the Museum: A space of collaboration and learning, for both children and adults

In 2002, the Connecticut Children’s Museum developed “Mornings at the Museum,” a free monthly program for family child care providers and the children in their programs. Twelve years later, the program continues: some All Our Kin providers have been attending … Continue reading

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Circle of Security pilot positively impacted provider’s mental health and relationships with children, according to initial evaluation

This fall, All Our Kin offered 35 licensed family child care providers in New Haven and Fairfield counties the opportunity to participate in a pilot project using the Circle of Security-Parenting curriculum. The Circle of Security program is designed to … Continue reading

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Yanerys Aziz reflects on learning and improvement in her thriving West Haven family child care program

Every Sunday night, West Haven family child care provider Yanerys Aziz strategizes for the coming week. She thinks about the materials she’ll lay out for children on her theme table, the arrangement of her child care space, and the activities … Continue reading

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