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Fellowships at All Our Kin

All Our Kin has two fellowship opportunities available for the coming year, the Early Childhood Policy Fellowship and the Research and Evaluation Fellowship! Both positions are one- to two-year full-time paid fellowships based in New Haven, CT. Ideal candidates are college seniors and recent graduates with a passion for nonprofit work and a strong academic background. Click here for more information and application instructions: …

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Added by Jessica Sager on March 2, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

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…

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Added by Jessica Sager on May 21, 2015 at 9:48am — No Comments

“It was meant to be”: A new provider builds her family child care business from the ground up

Providing high-quality care for very young children is hard work. Family child care providers have to be energetic, positive, patient, and knowledgeable about child development and best practice in the field. However, they also must be able to manage a sustainable business, which takes a different set of skills.

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Added by Jessica Sager on April 3, 2015 at 10:28am — No Comments

All Our Kin Seeks a New Haven Director

All Our Kin seeks a dynamic social entrepreneur to maximize the effectiveness and impact of its New Haven operations. This role requires exceptional leadership, management and critical thinking. Reporting directly to the leadership team, the Director of All Our Kin-New Haven leads a high-performing staff in transforming the quality and sustainability of early childhood education in New Haven and the region.

 

Key responsibilities include:



Management and…

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Added by Jessica Sager on March 6, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

All Our Kin Seeks a Quality Program Director

All Our Kin seeks a Full-Time Quality Program Director to begin immediately after hire.  The Quality Program Director will design and coordinate All Our Kin’s Quality Showcase Program, which aims to support quality enhancements in family child care programs.  The Quality Showcase Program will significantly enhance the quality of family child care in New Haven by providing training, technical support, quality enhancement funds, and tangible incentives for improvement. …

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Added by Jessica Sager on March 6, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

A Child Care Provider Who Blazed a Trail for Women in Haiti

The family child care providers in All Our Kin’s network come from all walks of life. Some have been working with young children all their lives. Others, like Dionne Lamothe, an All Our Kin provider, have had long careers in other fields.

Dionne Lamothe was born in Saint Michel de l’Atalaye, a city located in the Central Plateau of Haiti, and…

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Added by Jessica Sager on January 13, 2015 at 10:07am — No Comments

The Science behind the Marshmallow Test

Professor Walter Mischel, professor of psychology and the creator of the Marshmallow Test experiments about children and self-control, recently spoke at an All Our Kin event in Bridgeport. To read parts of his lecture and learn about early brain development, toxic stress, and the "biology of disadvantage," click…

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Added by Jessica Sager on January 5, 2015 at 2:39pm — No Comments

Wages for Housework? Four Divergent Perspectives Highlighted in The New York Times

The New York Times recently published a “Room for Debate” column featuring four different perspectives on the topic “Wages for Housework.” The premise of the debate: that housework – including child care – is generally unpaid labor, except when others are hired to perform it. A professional child care provider…

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Added by Jessica Sager on November 6, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

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

“This work is my seed that I can plant in the world. I know that seed will grow, and it will be fruitful. We already see progress. But we also still have so much work to do. We can always do more.” -Nilda Aponte, All Our Kin's Bridgeport Network Director…

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Added by Jessica Sager on November 4, 2014 at 5:50pm — No Comments

“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 her own family child care business and her involvement with All Our Kin. The following post is a transcript of her speech.

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Added by Jessica Sager on October 22, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Makayla’s Story: Early Head Start’s Impact on Three Generations

Makayla is a shy, sweet two year old who loves to learn. “She likes to play tea party and read books,” her mother Katina tells me. “She’ll copy anything you say.” A few months ago, Katina and Makayla’s father Jeremy contacted All Our Kin about enrolling her in an Early Head Start (EHS) program. Katina had been staying home with her daughter for the first few years of her life, but now she wanted to go back to school. Were there any open spots for…

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Added by Jessica Sager on October 2, 2014 at 1:51pm — No Comments

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 she’ll propose in the days to come. The children she cares for will arrive early the next morning, and Yanerys wants to be prepared to offer them experiences that nurture their curiosity and help them grow and learn. Since 2007, when she opened…

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Added by Jessica Sager on June 26, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

A Vision for Every New Haven Child, by Janna Wagner

Originally posted on new haven speaks:

Over the years, I’ve started many workshops for parents and child care providers with a simple brainstorm activity.  I ask, “What are your dreams for your children, or for the children in your child care?” I’ve completed this activity more than twenty times. Every time, the answers are the same: independence, love,…

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Added by Jessica Sager on May 30, 2014 at 2:10pm — No Comments

“It’s a collaboration”: A dedicated family child care provider partners with a parent and professionals to give Kylie the care she needs

In December of 2011, Patricia became a foster mom to a baby girl named Kylie. “When she came to me, she was four months old,” says Patricia, “so light she was like paper.” Now two years old, Kylie is at a healthy body weight but has several significant developmental delays. Fortunately, she now receives free care from an experienced family child care provider named Debra…

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Added by Jessica Sager on March 27, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

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Open Street Project

An Open Streets Family Reunion: Reflections from the 2018 Open Streets Summit

By Ryan O’Connor, Director of Programs, 8 80 Cities Recently 8 80 Cities wrote a blog post about open streets being a labour of love. That being the case, the 2018 Open Streets Summit in New Orleans felt like a family reunion of sorts. It was rejuvenating to see old and new friends who share our passion for open streets and are working tirelessly to create healthier, happier, and more connected communities across the world. The event, which took place on September 15-16, brought together more than 50 leaders who currently organize open streets programs or are interested in bringing the...

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Open Streets Summit Draft Agenda

We hope you are getting ready and feel excited about the Open Streets Summit in Gretna/New Orleans! Taking place from September 15-16, 2018, the Summit will feature tours, presentations and networking opportunities with open streets champions and organizers from across the continent. Attendees will learn about the nuts and bolts of starting or scaling up open streets programs, including: Route design and planning Partnerships with business and officials Social inclusion Safety and logistics Marketing and promotion Program evaluation through measurable goals and metrics If you haven’t done it yet, click here to register for the Open Streets Summit only or...

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Open Streets Summit Speakers Announced!

The Open Streets Project is proud to announce that Ed Solis from Viva Calle (San Jose, CA), Romel Pascual from CicLAvia (Los Angeles, CA), Jaymie Santiago and Charles Brown from New Brunswick Ciclovia will join us as speakers for the 2018 Open Streets Summit in New Orleans and Gretna! Taking place from September 15-16 2018, the Summit will feature: Behind the scenes tour of the City of Gretna’s inaugural open streets program. Workshops, presentations, and networking opportunities with open streets champions and organizers from across the continent. Training and inspiration for both -novice and experienced- open streets organizers and supporters...

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Local Initiatives Support Corporation

The “Ripple Effect” of Investing in Rural America

We need to look at the impact of investing in rural community development on its own terms, argues Suzanne Anarde, outgoing vice president and director of Rural LISC in an essay for Shelterforce. Projects may not touch the numbers of people or generate the returns of urban investments, but their effects are every bit as important, and ripple far and wide through the small, intricately connected networks of rural life.

Changing Health by Changing the Community

In an op-ed for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, LISC CEO Maurice A. Jones and Howard Kern, president and CEO of Sentara Healthcare, describe how their new $100 million will take aim at the social determinants of health in Virginia. Investing in housing, job training and placement, education and transportation, among other requisites of a healthy life, are key to closing the life expectancy gap and creating a strong economy, they argue. Now is the time for corporations, nonprofits and charitable organizations to play leadership roles in making those investments a reality.

“Café, Cultura, Vida”

As Hispanic Heritage Month comes to a close, we checked in with Sandra Flores, owner of Azukar Coffee, a small business percolating on the South Side of Phoenix that shows just how important a local gathering place can be to a neighborhood.

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