All Our Kin
PO Box 8477
New Haven CT 06530-0477
Contact Information
Address PO Box 8477
New Haven, CT 06530-0477
Telephone (203) 772-2294 x
Fax 203-772-2386
E-mail jessica@allourkin.org
Web and Social Media
Mission

All Our Kin, Inc., is a nationally-recognized, Connecticut-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.

By equipping providers with skills and resources to raise the quality of care in their home-based programs, All Our Kin makes it possible for children to receive the excellent foundational early learning experiences they need and deserve. We find the caregivers who serve our youngest and most vulnerable children: women in low-income communities who are committed to giving children high-quality learning experiences. Through All Our Kin's programs, family child care providers get the resources, training and support that they need; these providers then make it possible for parents to succeed, providing reliable, consistent care that is affordable, accessible, neighborhood-based, culturally diverse, and flexible for parents working nontraditional hours.

All Our Kin trains and supports over 300 parents and educators each year, who in turn serve over 1,500 children in our community. Through All Our Kin’s programs, child care professionals succeed as business owners; working parents find stable, high-quality care for their children; and children get an educational foundation that lays the groundwork for achievement in school and beyond.
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1999
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Jessica Sager
Board Chair Paige MacLean
Board Chair Company Affiliation Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Achievement First
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $2,036,558.00
Projected Expenses $2,036,558.00
Statements
Mission

All Our Kin, Inc., is a nationally-recognized, Connecticut-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.

By equipping providers with skills and resources to raise the quality of care in their home-based programs, All Our Kin makes it possible for children to receive the excellent foundational early learning experiences they need and deserve. We find the caregivers who serve our youngest and most vulnerable children: women in low-income communities who are committed to giving children high-quality learning experiences. Through All Our Kin's programs, family child care providers get the resources, training and support that they need; these providers then make it possible for parents to succeed, providing reliable, consistent care that is affordable, accessible, neighborhood-based, culturally diverse, and flexible for parents working nontraditional hours.

All Our Kin trains and supports over 300 parents and educators each year, who in turn serve over 1,500 children in our community. Through All Our Kin’s programs, child care professionals succeed as business owners; working parents find stable, high-quality care for their children; and children get an educational foundation that lays the groundwork for achievement in school and beyond.
Background

There is an acute shortage of quality child care for infants and toddlers in Connecticut—and, indeed, throughout the nation—especially for low-income families. Connecticut’s families have a need for almost 160,000 child care slots, but licensed centers can only accommodate approximately 72,000 children, and licensed family child cares can provide space for fewer than 17,000 children.

In these conditions of scarcity, family child care providers—both licensed and unlicensed—play a crucial role as the teachers of our youngest and most vulnerable children. The majority of infants and toddlers are cared for in family child care settings, and children with socioeconomic risk factors are the most likely to be in family child care arrangements.

Despite the critical role these programs play, the majority of family child care programs are under-resourced and under-equipped. Working in their homes, caring for children ten to twelve hours a day, providers are isolated from other educators and from opportunities for education and advocacy. As a result, nationwide, only 9% of family child care programs provide quality learning experiences for children.

All Our Kin is the only organization in Connecticut—and one of a handful in the country—to address both workforce development and child care in one single swoop. Our organization began as a response to the ramifications of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 on low-income families, especially single mothers of very young children who struggled to find both decent work and affordable high-quality child care in their communities. All Our Kin's response to these negative outcomes for families was to invest in the community's women, giving them the resources and training to open their own community-based family child care programs.

All Our Kin’s programs transform the quality of care in these family child care programs, giving children the early learning experiences that they need and deserve. All Our Kin is increasing the number and quality of child care choices available to working families throughout the region, while ensuring that young children have the early learning experiences that will prepare them for success in school and in life. At the same time, All Our Kin helps providers make better lives for themselves, through increased revenues and opportunities to join a community of early childhood education professionals.
Impact

All Our Kin increases the quality of family child care. Research shows that raising the quality of child care can increase children’s school readiness by 50%. Through All Our Kin's child development classes, workshops, and hands-on educational program visits, family child care providers gain a greater knowledge of child development, learn new strategies for supporting children and families, and become part of a wider professional community. Internal evaluations find that after taking part in All Our Kin’s program and services, 97% of family child care programs demonstrate significant increases in quality.

All Our Kin increases the supply of quality child care in the community. Between 2000 and 2007, Connecticut lost more than 32% of its family child care programs, leaving 7,500 fewer child care spaces for Connecticut’s families. In New Haven, due to All Our Kin, the number of licensed family child care programs increased by nearly 27% during the same period. The result: more available, affordable quality choices for children and families.

All Our Kin makes it possible for parents to enter the workforce. Child care is a major barrier to employment for parents. A recent study from the University of Connecticut’s Center for Economic Analysis finds that each provider licensed by All Our Kin enables between 4 and 5 parents to enter the workforce.

All Our Kin increases provider revenue and helps providers build better lives for their own families. The UCONN Center for Economic Analysis found that nearly 60% of participants in the Tool Kit Licensing Program reported earning at least $5,000 more the first year after licensure, and over 45% reported earning at least $10,000 more in the second year.

Investing in All Our Kin has significant macroeconomic benefits. According to the UCONN Center for Economic Analysis, every $1 spent by All Our Kin in the Tool Kit Licensing Program returns approximately $15-20 to society in terms of increased gross regional product (GRP).

Needs

1. Funding for direct services in greater New Haven. Although All Our Kin's model is gaining attention across the state, it continues to be a challenge for the organization to fund its high-touch services to family child care providers in greater New Haven.

2. Funding for key staff. All Our Kin requires funding to attract and retain the organization's most valuable asset: highly-qualified, culturally sensitive staff deeply knowledgeable about both child development and adult learning.

3. High-quality materials, equipment and supplies for family child care programs.

4. Improved technology for All Our Kin. All Our Kin would benefit enormously from updated technology, both hardware and software. This would make it possible for All Our Kin to track results more effectively and for staff in the field to record and document their work more efficiently.

5. Improved technology for All Our Kin's family child care providers. With increased access to and understanding of computers, internet, etc., All Our Kin's family child care providers could communicate better with All Our Kin, with each other, and with the broader early childhood community, and their businesses would run more effectively as well.

CEO Statement

All Our Kin was founded on the belief that all children deserve access to high-quality early learning opportunities. We began the program because we saw parents forced to choose between their families’ economic survival and their children’s safe, healthy development. These parents were struggling to enter the workforce without any decent child care options available to them. As we worked with these parents in our child care collaborative, training them to become early childhood educators themselves, we came to see that our commitment to educational equity required us to expand our mission to encompass all providers struggling to care for low-income children. Today, we serve over 300 caregivers, who in turn are providing higher-quality care to over 1,500 children in our community.--Jessica Sager and Janna Wagner

Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Education / Preschools
Secondary Organization Category Employment / Job Training
Tertiary Organization Category Community Improvement, Capacity Building / Economic Development
Areas Served
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Branford
East Haven
Guilford
Hamden
Milford
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
Orange
Shoreline
State wide
West Haven
Woodbridge

All Our Kin serves a diverse group of low-income parents and providers in New Haven and surrounding towns; increasingly, we are becoming a regional presence in New Haven county. In addition, we have expanded to Bridgeport, which is, like New Haven, a high-poverty city in a wealthy state. Increasingly, communities and agencies throughout Connecticut seek to learn from and build on All Our Kin’s best practices.

Programs
Description

Family, friend and neighbor caregivers provide much of the daily child care to families in low-income neighborhoods. Through the Tool Kit Licensing Program, a collaboration with the Connecticut Children’s Museum, 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. When a child care provider becomes licensed by the state, we know that the program meets health and safety standards and operates under state supervision. The result: more children spend the day in safe, healthy settings. Licensing is also transformative for providers. Their earnings increase; they gain pride and professionalism; and they are able to serve more children, and serve them better, with the equipment and training they need to provide safe, educational child care.

Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / Females / Minorities
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.

When a child care provider becomes licensed by the state, we know that the program meets health, safety, and quality standards. As a result, more children spend the day in safe, healthy settings, and more parents can go to work confident in the knowledge that their children are well-cared for. The licensing process is also transformative for providers, with enormous impacts on their earning potential, their pride and professionalism, and their capacity to serve the community. To date, 294 providers, with the capacity to serve over 1,700 children, have become licensed through the program.

As Connecticut Voices for Children reports, "projects like these which target family child care providers reach a segment of the population who are particularly in need of workforce development, and who are particularly hard to reach: mainly women with low levels of education, many of whom are immigrants and/or for whom English is a second language."

Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.

 Through the Tool Kit Licensing Program, All Our Kin increases the number and quality of child care choices available to working parents throughout the region, while ensuring that young children have high-quality early learning experiences. Between 2000 and 2007, Connecticut lost nearly 32% of its family child care programs. In New Haven, thanks to All Our Kin’s efforts, the number of licensed family child care programs increased by nearly 27% during the same period. The result: more available, affordable quality choices for children and families.

At the same time, we help providers make better lives for themselves, through increased revenue and opportunities to join the wider community of early childhood education professionals. A 2011 study of All Our Kin’s Tool Kit Licensing program by UCONN’s Center for Economic Analysis found that nearly 60% of participants report earning at least $5,000 more the first year after licensure.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

Currently, All Our Kin tracks provider licensing and regional/statewide trends in licensure, through the Department of Public Health; provider economic and emotional well-being, through surveys and job stress inventory tools; and professional commitment, through participation in training and professional organizations after graduation. In addition, the University of Connecticut’s Center for Economic Analysis recently conducted an analysis of the long-term economic effects of the Tool Kit Program on providers, parents, children and communities. Key results of that study can be found above.

Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. One provider's story: "Four years ago, the factory I was working for closed and I lost my job. I was the director of the children's ministry at my church and a lady there said, "Why don't you work with children?" She mentioned All Our Kin and that they helped her to get her family child care license. So I called them. When I went there I felt right at home working with All Our Kin. They helped with everything and walked me through step by step with so much love. Now, our child care business sustains me and my husband. I try my best to help my children and their parents in every way possible. I accommodate my schedule to their needs and make it convenient for them so that they can go to work with peace of mind and trust that their children will have good care, good teachings, good food and good manners. I love my profession because I am able to help children that have great needs and come from very difficult situations. All Our Kin has changed my life."
Description

The Family Child Care Network offers educational mentorship, professional development, advocacy and leadership opportunities, and a network of relationships with other family child care providers. The Network is a high-touch program built on best practices in early childhood consultation and teacher mentoring. A hallmark of the network is the program visit, in which early childhood consultants visit family child cares to lead model lessons, demonstrate new strategies, and reflect with providers on their work. Consultants bring materials, professional articles, and curriculum ideas, and offer suggestions to enhance children's learning. Providers in the Network also come together for monthly meetings, workshops and trainings, including Child Development Associate training, and an annual professional development conference. All Our Kin offers zero-interest loans and grants, financial management and education training, and marketing and referral opportunities. All services are bilingual.

Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / Females / Minorities
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. Through All Our Kin's child development classes, workshops, and hands-on educational program visits, family child care providers gain a greater knowledge of child development, and learn new strategies for supporting children and families. Providers become part of a wider professional community, with access to resources, information, and ongoing support. Assessments of provider practice find that 97% of AOK’s family child cares demonstrate significant increases in quality.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.

Through All Our Kin's child development classes, workshops, and hands-on educational program visits, family child care providers gain a greater knowledge of child development, and learn new strategies for supporting children and families. Internal evaluations find that after taking part in All Our Kin’s program and services, 97% of family child care programs demonstrate significant increases in quality.

A copious body of research supports the link between high-quality early childhood education and positive educational and social outcomes for children: replacing a low-quality provider with a high-quality one increases a preschooler’s school readiness by 50 percent. The implications of our work are clear: by improving the quality of care in family child care programs, All Our Kin improves educational outcomes and life chances for children.

Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

All Our Kin collects data on the ways in which the Network influences provider practice and the quality of family child care settings. Tools include pre- and post-tests of provider knowledge, observational assessments using tools such as the Family Child Care Environmental Rating Scale and the Arnett Child Caregiver Interaction Scale, provider surveys and questionnaires, and data collection on factors such as educational attainment that are known to influence child outcomes.

Opportunities Exchange and Sussman Associates recently conducted a retrospective evaluation of All Our Kin’s impact on New Haven, focusing on our impact on providers, families and communities. The evaluation was very positive. An excerpt:

“Our key finding is that All Our Kin has been able to help increase the number of family child care providers in New Haven, their income, and their quality."

We are also working with two leading experts to conduct a scientific, rigorously validated assessment of our impact.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. All Our Kin creates more available, affordable quality choices for children and families. As one parent writes: "My life has been changed by All Our Kin. AOK supported my child care provider's licensing, and helped her prepare a wonderful space for children. They offer her many supports, and she shares all of her knowledge of parenting and child development with me and my children. I feel confident leaving my children in her care. All Our Kin helps us both, me and my child care provider, to do our jobs."
Description

All Our Kin’s Early Head Start program provides free, quality child care for eligible infants and toddlers in family child care programs in New Haven. These programs are neighborhood-based, culturally diverse, and offer flexible, full-day programming. Through Early Head Start, family child care providers are paid for the care that they offer, at rates that are higher, and fairer, than those currently available through the state’s child care subsidy program. They also receive materials, supplies, and quality enhancement funds. All Our Kin provides individualized professional development plans, program visits, mentoring, training, and support. All Our Kin also provides comprehensive services to children and families in the EHS program, including access to physical, mental, and oral health services; connections to housing, food, and income supports; and opportunities to build community and develop leadership skills.

Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5) / Families / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.

All Our Kin directly increases, deepens and enriches the number of resources available to the most vulnerable families and facilitates their access to those resources. Our family advocate counsels parents and connects them to a range of vital community resources; our nurse consultant works with providers and parents to support the physical and mental health of the infants and toddlers in their care; and our partnerships with agencies across New Haven ensure that the vulnerable children our providers serve have access to services throughout the community. By connecting with others in similar situations, parents learn from one another's experiences, share success and provide support through difficulties. Increased knowledge and awareness of their children's developmental benchmarks, needs and supports empowers parents to maximize, sustain and further the work of our talented family child care providers and increase their self-confidence in advocating on behalf of their children.

Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. Through a program like Early Head Start, which stresses increased parent involvement and empowerment, All Our Kin seeks to build an interconnected network of communities and resources in support of our youngest children and neediest families. Long-term and sustainable community empowerment and development stands at the core of All Our Kin's mission. Focusing all necessary resources on children and their caregivers helps entire communities break away from cycles of poverty and powerlessness.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
All Our Kin uses Ages and Stages and Creative Curriculum's child assessment system to track growth and development for children in Early Head Start. All Our Kin tracks several other key indicators of child well-being, including whether the child has a medical home, is up-to-date on a schedule of preventive care, and has any special health conditions or health care needs. A student at the Yale Medical School evaluated the impact of All Our Kin’s Early Head Start program as her senior thesis, and found that the program has significant effects on children's health and well-being. We are also tracking parents' access to services, including job training, child support, and housing support, and changes in employment status and family well-being as a result of the Early Head Start program.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. All Our Kin's Early Head Start program fills a critical gap left open by Care4Kids, the state child care subsidy program. Because Care4Kids is a work support program, families whose chaotic circumstances do not permit them to work are unable to access the subsidy. For example, we have enrolled a two-year-old who has never been in care because her mother is at home. But her mother is home because of mental illness, and is unable to give the child the positive interactions and supports that she needs. Through Early Head Start, we are able to give the whole family supportive services; the child is blooming in the care of a loving provider during the day, and the mother has an opportunity to seek the help she needs for her own well-being.
Description

Statewide training and technical assistance: All Our Kin provides training and technical assistance to agencies, networks, and associations working to improve the quality and sustainability of family child care in their communities. In 2011 and 2012, in partnership with the Connecticut Department of Social Services, All Our Kin trained thirty-one communities in our coaching and consultation methods, using the Infant Toddler Early Learning Guidelines (ELG) as a tool for building capacity and quality in family child care programs. All Our Kin conducted a new series of ELG trainings in Spanish in fall 2013.

Policy Work: All Our Kin is uniquely positioned to advocate for policies and systems that support and incentivize quality in family child care programs throughout Connecticut. We have built strong connections with a number of policy organizations and state organizations, who reach out to All Our Kin as the “go-to” agency on family child care issues in Connecticut.
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / Minorities / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.

Through our statewide training and technical assistance efforts, All Our Kin builds capacity on two levels: family child care providers in areas not previously served by All Our Kin gain greater knowledge of child development and build skills in working with children, while agencies in those areas learn the fundamentals of All Our Kin’s methods and begin to explore the possibility of building their own family child care networks.

Through our policy work, All Our Kin has shaped the practices and attitudes of both local and statewide administrative agencies that affect our providers. For example, our advocacy recently convinced Connecticut’s licensing agency to change its policy for obtaining references. All Our Kin has also encouraged local agencies to adopt regulations that are more inclusive of family child care providers. Together with Norwalk providers, for instance, we brokered a deal with the Norwalk Housing Authority so that providers can offer care in public housing.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. Before All Our Kin insisted family child care had a “seat at the table,” decision-makers did not consider family child care a serious part of the early childhood landscape. Now, because of All Our Kin, conversations and policy work statewide have shifted to recognize, respect, include, and seek to support family child care and informal caregivers. State-level policymakers actively seek our knowledge and expertise about meaningful ways to support and include family child care providers. For example, as a result of All Our Kin’s advocacy, the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) Workgroup’s recommendations fully included family child care as part of the proposed QRIS. All Our Kin also raised the voices of family child care providers in numerous settings, such as the Early Childhood Workforce Core Knowledge and Competency Framework Workgroup and the Early Learning Standards Workgroup, as well as at the local level.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

All Our Kin has been furthering the design of a comprehensive and rigorous evaluation system to determine breadth and depth of programs’ effects in several key areas: family child care providers’ knowledge, practice and attitudes; family child care providers’ mental, physical and economic well-being; children’s health and well-being (including mental health); children’s social-emotional development and self-regulation; parents’ income; job retention; stress levels; families’ access to supportive services. We are working with two leading experts—Toni Porter of the Bank Street College of Education and Juliet Bromer of the Erikson Institute—to conduct a scientific, rigorously validated assessment of our impact.

In addition, we have developed a customized Salesforce database that gives us accurate, real-time data. This data system enables us to evaluate and refine program strategies, steps that are particularly essential as we replicate our work in new communities with different needs.

Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

A recent external evaluation of All Our Kin’s impact found evidence of All Our Kin’s impact on policy reflected in interviews with various community stakeholders:

“All Our Kin has been a great driving force for the issue of family child care and infant-toddler care. They have been very involved with the QRIS program, and making sure that the family child providers are included in this system.”

“All Our Kin has started to influence the policy environment to show that family child care can provide high quality care and it can be an important job creation strategy. This may help to attract more resources, because it will help gain access to economic development funding.”

“When Connecticut was doing the first Race to the Top application, the key issue they focused on was quality care. All Our Kin ensured that the draft included family child care and 0-3 year olds. It was the first time that family child care was included in the dialogue on ECE quality.”
Program Comments
CEO Comments

All Our Kin has a proven track record of success in raising the quality and accessibility of child care in low-income communities. We find the caregivers who serve our youngest and most vulnerable children: women in low-income communities who are committed to giving children high-quality learning experiences. We invest in these caregivers, helping them become skilled early childhood educators, and creating sustainable programs that will serve families for years to come. The model is win-win-win: child care providers build better lives for themselves and their own families; parents can succeed in the workforce, knowing that their children are well cared for; and most important, children have equality of opportunity, and the chance to succeed. All Our Kin increases the supply of quality child care in the community, increases provider revenue, increases the quality of family child care, helps parents enter into the workforce, and is a great economic investment. For more details on the impact of our work, please see the descriptions of our Tool Kit Program and our Family Child Care Network.

CEO/Executive Director
Ms. Jessica Sager
Term Start Aug 1999
Email jessica@allourkin.org
Experience Jessica Sager received her B.A. from Barnard College and worked as an artist-in-the-schools in New York City before attending Yale Law School, where she was a Coker Teaching Fellow. In 1999, she received her J.D. from Yale. Upon graduation, she was awarded both the Mary McCarthy and Liman Public Interest Fellowships. She founded All Our Kin with Janna Wagner in the fall of 1999. In addition to her work at All Our Kin, Ms. Sager co-teaches a college seminar on “Child Care, Society, and Public Policy” with Janna Wagner at Yale. She is a trustee of the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, and is active in numerous local, state and national initiatives to improve the quality and sustainability of child care in low-income communities. In 2001, Yale University and the City of New Haven awarded Ms. Sager a Seton Elm-Ivy Award for her efforts to strengthen partnerships and understanding among the New Haven and Yale communities. Ms. Sager is also a recipient of Working Women's "Twenty Under Thirty" award; Business Times’ "Forty Under 40" award; and the Harvard Business School Club of Connecticut’s “Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management” award. She was a finalist for Cookie magazine’s “Smart Cookie” award, has been recognized as a “Wonking Class Hero” by Miller-McCune magazine, received the Northeastern Region Ruby Award for Women Helping Women from Soroptimist International, and was named the 2012 Small Business Administration's Women in Business Champion of the Year for Connecticut. Most recently, she was honored by the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame.
Co-CEO
Ms. Janna Wagner
Term Start Aug 1999
Email janna@allourkin.org
Experience Janna Wagner was born and raised in New Haven and attended the New Haven Public Schools. Ms. Wagner holds a B.A. in psychology from Yale University and an Ed.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She taught in the South Bronx through Teach for America, and then joined the staff of the Boston Public Schools' Center for Leadership Development before founding All Our Kin with Jessica Sager in 1999. In 2001, Yale University and the City of New Haven awarded Ms. Wagner a Seton Elm-Ivy Award for her efforts to strengthen partnerships and understanding among the New Haven and Yale communities. Ms. Wagner also received Working Women's "Twenty Under Thirty Award" for the most promising young female entrepreneurs. Ms. Wagner was named one of greater New Haven's "Forty Under 40" by Business Times, a "Rising Star" by Business New Haven, and has been recognized as a “Wonking Class Hero” by Miller-McCune magazine and one of “Twelve Cool People Who Make New Haven a Great Place to Live” by The Hartford Courant. Active in the New Haven community, Ms. Wagner is a member of the Cultural Affairs Commission of the City of New Haven, an Associate Fellow of Jonathan Edwards College at Yale University, and founder of The Group with No Name, a social, civic organization that turns New Haven's residents into citizens. Ms. Wagner serves as chair of the board of the Ulysses S. Grant Foundation, a fifty-eight year old academic enrichment summer program, which brings together Yale and New Haven students on Yale's campus. Together with Jessica Sager, she was honored by the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame in 2013 for her work with All Our Kin.
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 19
Number of Part Time Staff 3
Number of Volunteers 10
Number of Contract Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 8
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 21
Unspecified 0
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted May 2012
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Collaborations

All Our Kin works closely with a range of local, state, and national organizations. Within Connecticut, our agency has become a model and resource for others seeking to build family child care capacity and quality. At the national level, we are one of a handful of organizations successfully working with family child care programs, and we share strategies, learn from each other, and work together whenever possible.

In each community that we serve, we build relationships with a wide range of agencies, leveraging as many opportunities and resources as we can. Key partners in each community that we serve include the School Readiness Councils; the schools, including school districts and charter schools; the Family Resource Centers; the libraries; the museums; community colleges; agencies offering resources for families and programs, such as Read to Grow, the Diaper Bank, and local food pantries; agencies serving immigrants and refugees; job training programs; and faith-based organizations.

Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Success by Six2005
United Way of Greater New Haven2002
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Creating Change AwardUnited Way of Greater New Haven2008
Region One Leadership AwardNational Association for Family Child Care2006
Official CitationBoard of Aldermen, City of New Haven2006
All-America City, New Haven (featuring All Our Kin)National Civic League2003
Turbo Award (second prize)Harvard Business School Club of CT2008
Wonking Class Hero (awarded to All Our Kin's founders)Miller-McCune Magazine2009
Top-Rated Job Training NonprofitGreatNonprofits.org2010
Top-Rated Women's Empowerment NonprofitGreatNonprofits.org2010
Soroptimist Ruby Award for Women Helping WomenSoroptimist International, Northeastern Region2011
Champion in ActionCitizens Bank2011
Women in Business Champion of the Year for ConnecticutU.S. Small Business Administration2012
World of Difference 100 AwardThe International Alliance for Women2012
Top-Rated NonprofitGreatnonprofits.org2012
Above and Beyond AwardRegional Youth Adult Social Action Partnership2013
Top-Rated NonprofitGreatnonprofits.org2013
Education and Empowerment Honorees (Jessica Sager and Janna Wagner)Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame2013
Honorees (Jessica Sager and Janna Wagner)ACES Education Foundation2014
Two-Generation Network MemberAscend at the Aspen Institute2014
Board Chair
Paige MacLean
Company Affiliation Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Achievement First
Term Dec 2014 to Dec 2015
Email paigemaclean@achievementfirst.org
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Louise Abate Family Child Care Provider
Sarah Boone Manager, Guilford Swim and Racquet Club
P. Marie Gibson Family Child Care Provider
Tim Gribble Vice President of Finance, Freedom Electronics, LLC
Carla Horwitz Director, Calvin Hill Day Care Center; Lecturer, Yale Child Study Center
Anika Singh Lemar Esq.Clinical Visiting Associate Professor of Law, Yale Law School
Jason Price Principal, Exaltare Capital Partners
Kim Rinehart Esq.Attorney, Wiggin & Dana
Marjorie Rosenthal M.D., M.P.H.Department of Pediatrics, Yale University School of Medicine
Camelle Scott-Mujahid Donor Relations Officer, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England
John Wareck Principal and Realtor, Wareck Real Estate
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 9
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
Crime Coverage
Improper Sexual Conduct/Sexual Abuse
Medical Health Insurance
Special Event Liability
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Blanket Personal Property
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Personnel
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Finance
Additional Board/s Members and Affiliations
NameAffiliation
Bill Graustein Lead Trustee, William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund; Founder, Community Leadership Program
Kica Matos Director, Immigrant Rights and Racial Justice, Center for Community Change
Wendy Simmons PHDAssistant Director for Program Development, State Education Resource Center
David Slifka CFAVice President - Real Assets, YMCA Retirement Fund
CEO Comments

All Our Kin's Board is composed of 10 voting members and two nonvoting members (representatives from the family child care network); in addition, we have a four-member Advisory Board. The Board convenes four times a year, with an average attendance percentage of 70 percent. Board committees include Development, Budget and Finance, Program and Personnel, Financial/Audit and Strategic Growth. Although All Our Kin’s executive director is not a voting member of the Board, the organization’s directors are present at all meetings and their input is greatly valued by the Board. The Board conducts an annual performance review of the executive director and conducts a quarterly review of All Our Kin’s financial reports. The Board annually reviews progress towards benchmarks aligned with All Our Kin's growth plan.

The Board: articulates values and mission, and sets standards, controls, and policies; ensures that the organization is relevant to the community through processes that monitor the external environment and define vision, direction, and strategy; defines and monitors key areas of performance compared to short- and long-range strategy, assesses results, and ensures that steps are taken for continuous quality improvement; ensures that the financial structure is adequate for current priorities, long-range strategy, and sustainability; ensures that adequate risk management is in place; determines eligibility for Board membership, assures proper recruitment of candidates, elects members and officers, and assures proper orientation and monitoring of Board members; defines and enforces parameters of the Board's work including its committees and the role and performance of the individual Board member; appraises the performance of the executive director and sets compensation; ensures compliance with relevant laws and regulations affecting the organization; asks strategic questions and provides candid advice and perspective.

 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2015
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2015
Projected Revenue $2,036,558.00
Projected Expenses $2,036,558.00
Spending Policy N/A
Other Documents
Other Documents 3
NameYear
"Gateways to Two Generations," Ascend at the Aspen Institute2014View
Evaluation by Opportunities Exchange and Sussman Associates2013View
"All Our Kin: Investing in Home-based Child Care," Zero to Three Journal2011View
The Economic Impact of the All Our Kin Family Child Care Tool Kit Licensing Program2011View
"A Home Remedy for Day Care," Miller-McCune Magazine2009View
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$1,722,346$1,035,309$968,907
Government Contributions$0$502,340$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified--$502,340--
Individual Contributions------
------
$17,069$12,540$56,854
Investment Income, Net of Losses$329$147$139
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Other------
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$1,338,097$917,029$745,881
Administration Expense$171,697$146,247$127,221
Fundraising Expense$106,361$71,039$68,076
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.081.371.09
Program Expense/Total Expenses83%81%79%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue6%5%7%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$895,748$777,143$342,332
Current Assets$841,474$746,304$319,556
Long-Term Liabilities$40,000$40,000$35,000
Current Liabilities$10,868$15,852$2,062
Total Net Assets$844,880$721,291$305,270
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Early Head Start $234,289Early Head Start $293,994
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Viking Global $145,000United Way $80,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --United Way $130,394Graustein Memorial Fund $75,000
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities77.4347.08154.97
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets4%5%10%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments
CEO Comments

In years, such as 2013, in which revenue exceeds expenses, the remainder goes towards All Our Kin's cash reserves. Cash reserves protect against fluctuations in cash flow and may also be used to meet unanticipated program needs, create new initiatives or take advantage of new opportunities. Note that many charity watchdog groups and accounting firms recommend that nonprofits have cash reserves sufficient to cover at least three months' operating costs.

Foundation Staff Comments
This organization was required to complete an audit in 2009 because they received a government grant otherwise they are exempt from an audit.
 
Financial information is input by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon.
 
This profile has been read by foundation staff and the organization has completed the fields required by the community foundation and updated their profile in the last year. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Foundation then please go to Statement & Search Criteria Section of the profile.
Address PO Box 8477
New Haven, CT 065300477
Primary Phone 203 772-2294
Contact Email jessica@allourkin.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Jessica Sager
Board Chair Paige MacLean
Board Chair Company Affiliation Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Achievement First

 

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