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“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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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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Wonder and learning at All Our Kin’s Ninth Annual Family Child Care Conference

Last Saturday, nearly two hundred family child care providers sat in hushed silence at our Ninth Annual Family Child Care Conference. This year’s conference theme was “Wonderful: Fostering Wonder, Curiosity and Joy in Young Children,” and our opening speaker, Niyonu … Continue reading

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A Hamden family child care provider reopens her program with help from All Our Kin

When Geraldine Elliott first started a family child care program as a young mother over twenty years ago, she felt isolated from sources of support and ill-equipped to manage her business. Although she loved taking care of kids, eventually, she … Continue reading

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New report highlights need for policies and programs that support low-income working mothers

The recession has hit female-headed households hard. Working mothers now head over 4 million low-income families, according to a new report from The Working Poor Families Project. “Low-Income Working Mothers and State Policy: Investing for a Better Economic Future” outlines … Continue reading

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Save the Date for All Our Kin’s 9th Annual Family Child Care Conference

Please save the date for All Our Kin’s annual conference, which will be held at Gateway Community College on Saturday, May 3, 2014. This year’s conference theme is Wonder, and we’ll be exploring strategies that family child care providers can use … Continue reading

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Bridgeport provider Natasha draws on All Our Kin’s CDA class to enrich experiences for children in her family child care program

Over the past few weeks, we’ve described Dionne, a new provider in Bridgeport, and Patti, an experienced provider in Trumbull. Today we’re offering the story of a motivated and dedicated provider named Natasha, who runs an innovative family child care … Continue reading

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ECE Also Stands for Early Childhood “Educators” — Nazneen Mehta reflects on national momentum for early education

Watching the President’s State of the Union address last week, I had to lean in closer when he called on Congress to support “high-quality early childhood education” to see both sides of the aisle clapping in agreement.  It wasn’t just … Continue reading

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If approved, new family child care agreement will increase pay and support for home-based providers

Today, Governor Dannel Malloy formally announced the conclusion of over nine months of negotiations between the State of Connecticut and the union representing our state’s family child care and family, friend, and neighbor providers. We applaud the Office of Early … Continue reading

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A new year, a renewed commitment to policies that benefit Connecticut’s children and caregivers

Many members of our state’s early childhood community were disappointed that the federal government chose not to fund Connecticut’s ambitious Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Grant application last month. Despite this setback, there’s reason to be excited about the … Continue reading

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