All Our Kin
414A Chapel Street
Suite 100
New Haven CT 06511
Contact Information
Address 414A Chapel Street
Suite 100
New Haven, CT 06511-
Telephone (203) 772-2294 x
Fax 203-772-2386
E-mail info@allourkin.org
Mission

 

All Our Kin is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization that trains, supports, and sustains family child care educators 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.

At All Our Kin, we find the caregivers reaching our youngest children: women in low-income communities who are committed to giving children high-quality early learning experiences in home-based settings. We invest in these caregivers, supporting them in becoming skilled early childhood educators, and creating sustainable programs that will serve families for years to come.

All Our Kin trains and supports over 800 parents and educators each year, who in turn serve over 4,300 children, across five Connecticut cities - New Haven, Bridgeport, Stamford, Norwalk, and Danbury - and adjacent communities, as well as in the Bronx, New York City. 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 gain 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 Executive Director, AF Accelerate, Achievement First
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission

 

All Our Kin is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization that trains, supports, and sustains family child care educators 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.

At All Our Kin, we find the caregivers reaching our youngest children: women in low-income communities who are committed to giving children high-quality early learning experiences in home-based settings. We invest in these caregivers, supporting them in becoming skilled early childhood educators, and creating sustainable programs that will serve families for years to come.

All Our Kin trains and supports over 800 parents and educators each year, who in turn serve over 4,300 children, across five Connecticut cities - New Haven, Bridgeport, Stamford, Norwalk, and Danbury - and adjacent communities, as well as in the Bronx, New York City. 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 gain an educational foundation that lays the groundwork for achievement in school and beyond.

Background

AOK is rooted in a fundamental belief: children deserve equity in educational opportunity. Despite the critical importance of educational equity in empowering all children to succeed, significant disparities exist between rich and poor children, and between white children and children of color. These disparities – also known as the opportunity gap – are among the highest in the nation in Connecticut (CT), and they are stark in New York City (NYC), where in 2018, according to data from the NY Education Department, “About 67% of Asian students and 52% of white students passed state tests in English language arts, about 35% of black and Hispanic students were proficient [...] Only 34% of low-income students were proficient in math, compared to 62% of wealthier peers, data showed.”

In these conditions, family child care (FCC) educators play a crucial role as the educators of our youngest, most vulnerable children. The majority of infants and toddlers are cared for in FCC settings, and children with socioeconomic risk factors are the most likely to be in FCC arrangements. Throughout our country, FCC educators are giving infants and toddlers the key early learning experiences – cognitive, emotional, and social – that will enable them to succeed. In NYC alone, “almost 70 percent of children younger than 3 years old who receive income-eligible government-subsidized child care – or nearly 16,000 children – are in such home-based programs.”

However, despite the important work FCC educators do for children and families, they are systematically overlooked and devalued. As a result, the majority of FCC programs are under-resourced and under-equipped. Working in their homes, caring for children 10-12 hours a day, educators are isolated from other caregivers and from opportunities for education and advocacy. Consequently, only 9% of FCC programs provide quality learning experiences for children.

In response, AOK invests in FCC educators at every stage of their development, from parents and caregivers to professional educators and businesspeople. AOK’s programs transform the availability and quality of care in FCC programs, giving working families strong choices for child care while ensuring that young children have the early learning experiences they need and deserve. At the same time, AOK helps educators make better lives for themselves, through increased revenues and opportunities to join a community of early childhood education professionals.

Impact

AOK impacts child care supply. Between 2000 and 2011, Connecticut lost nearly 34 percent of its family child care programs; in New Haven, thanks to AOK, the number of licensed family child care programs increased by 74 percent. The result: more available, affordable quality choices for children and families.

AOK transforms child care quality. Findings from a rigorous external evaluation examining AOK's impact on program quality indicate statistically significant differences in quality between AOK and non-AOK educators: AOK educators score, on average, over 50 percent higher on research-based measures of quality than non-All Our Kin educators.

AOK generates economic returns. In a 2011 study by the University of Connecticut’s Center for Economic Analysis, we found that for each dollar invested in our work, we see $15-$20 in economic benefits to the region. Each newly-licensed educator made it possible for four to five families to enter the workforce.

All Our Kin improves child outcomes. An evaluation of AOK’s impact on child outcomes indicates that children in the care of AOK educators demonstrate better social-emotional development than both their non-AOK peers and the national norm, and significantly outperform these groups on math and language assessments.

AOK promotes children’s health and safety. Licensed AOK FCC programs are significantly less likely to have health and safety violations in the areas of: Child, Family, and Staff Documentation; Emergency Preparedness; and Indoor Safety. AOK FCC programs also have lower risk of violations for all categories, when controlling for area median income and time licensed.

AOK increases income and promotes quality of life. Within one year of completing AOK’s Tool Kit Licensing or Business Coaching Programs, 60 percent of educators increased earnings by $5000 or more. In a survey of our educators, 81 percent of respondents reported that their quality of life has improved because of AOK, and 17 percent mentioned, unprompted, that this is due to the emotional support AOK provides.

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 educators. With increased access to and understanding of computers, internet, etc., All Our Kin's family child care educators 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 educators struggling to care for low-income children. Today, we serve over 800 caregivers, who in turn are providing higher-quality care to over 4,300 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.
Ansonia
Branford
Cheshire
Derby
East Haven
Guilford
Hamden
Milford
New Haven
North Haven
Seymour
Shelton
Shoreline
State wide
Wallingford
West Haven
Woodbridge
Other

All Our Kin serves a diverse group of low-income parents and educators in New Haven, Bridgeport, Stamford, Norwalk, Danbury, and adjacent communities. Most recently, All Our Kin expanded to the Bronx in New York City, serving the University Heights/Fordham-Bedford and surrounding neighborhoods. Increasingly, communities and agencies throughout Connecticut, New York, and across the nation 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 educators. When a child care educator 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 educators. 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 their critical early years 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. In the 2017/2018 service year, All Our Kin supported 87 providers in becoming licensed on an annual basis across sites who have the capacity to educate and care for 522 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 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 2011, Connecticut lost nearly 34% 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 74% 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 in Connecticut, All Our Kin tracks provider licensing and regional/statewide trends in licensure through the Office of Early Childhood; and in New York City licensure is tracked through the Division of Child Care Services within the Office of Children and Family Services; provider economic and emotional well-being is tracked 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 educator'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 educators. 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 coaches visit family child care programs to lead model lessons, demonstrate new strategies, and reflect with educators on their work. Coaches bring materials, professional articles, and curriculum ideas, and offer suggestions to enhance children's learning. Educators 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 Family Child Care Network, providers become part of a wider professional community, with access to resources, information, and ongoing support. Assessments of provider practice find that 97 percent of AOK’s family child care programs 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.

Findings from a rigorous external evaluation examining All Our Kin's impact on program quality indicate statistically significant differences between All Our Kin providers and non-All Our Kin providers. In fact, All Our Kin providers score 50 percent higher on research-based measures of quality than non-All Our Kin providers.


A copious body of research supports the link between high-quality early childhood education and positive educational and social outcomes for children. In fact, “children who attend high-quality early childhood programs demonstrate better math and language skills, better cognition and social skills, better interpersonal relationships, and better behavioral self-regulation than do children in lower-quality care.” (American Academy of Pediatrics. 2005 Jan; 115(1): 187-91).

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 Environment Rating Scale--the research-based, validated observational tool that is most consistently used to assess family child care quality in the US--, educator surveys and questionnaires, and data collection on factors such as educational attainment that are known to influence child outcomes.

In addition, we recently partnered with Toni Porter and Juliet Bromer, two of the country's leading researchers in family child care, to expand our portfolio of evaluation tools and conduct a rigorous, two-year external evaluation of our work's impact on both child care quality (year one) and child outcomes (year two). 

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 educator'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 educator, to do our jobs."
Description

All Our Kin’s Early Head Start (EHS) program provides 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 EHS, family child care educators 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 educators with 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 educators 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 educators 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 educator 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. All Our Kin has conducted and delivered several iterations of our technical assistance work over the past several years. This work includes our Business Train-the-Trainer Institute, which trains community leaders in the model and delivery of our proprietary Business Series, and our Educational Mentor Coaching approach, which trains community members who are working with family child care educators to better support educators through one-on-one coaching and cohort-based activities.

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, New York, and beyond. We have built strong connections with a number of policy and state organizations who reach out to All Our Kin as the “go-to” agency on family child care issues. In 2019, we released our first policy publication, Creating the Conditions for Family Child Care to thrive, available at https://bit.ly/38oFyAk.

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 educators 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, in 2015, All Our Kin's advocacy helped to ensure that family child care providers would be included in the state's new emergency notification system for child care providers. All Our Kin has also encouraged local communities to include family child care providers in professional development opportunities. 
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 educators. For example, as a result of All Our Kin’s advocacy, the state Two Generation Workgroup's recommendations included family child care as a promising two generation strategy. All Our Kin also raised the voices of family child care providers in numerous settings, such as the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Advisory Committee 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 is the co-founder and chief executive officer of All Our Kin. A graduate of Barnard College and Yale Law School, Jessica co-teaches a Yale University seminar on “Child Care, Society, and Public Policy,” and is a trustee of the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund. She is a Ms. Foundation Public Voices Fellow, and has provided commentary on child care issues for Time, The Hill, and Education Week. Jessica’s honors include the US Small Business Administration’s “Women in Business Champion” award (2012), the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame (2013), New Profit’s “Extraordinary Social Female Entrepreneur” designation (2014), the Roslyn S. Jaffe Award Grand Prize (2015), and the Ashoka Changemakers/Robert Wood Johnson Champion of Children's Wellbeing award (2016). She is a Pahara-Aspen Fellow, a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, and an Ashoka Fellow.

Co-CEO
Ms. Janna Wagner
Term Start Aug 1999
Email janna@allourkin.org
Experience

Janna was born and raised in New Haven and attended the New Haven Public Schools. Janna 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 addition to her work at All Our Kin, Janna co-teaches, with Jessica, a course on “Child Care, Society, and Public Policy” at Yale. In 2001, Yale University and the City of New Haven awarded Janna a Seton Elm-Ivy Award for her efforts to strengthen partnerships and understanding among the New Haven and Yale communities. Active in the New Haven community, Janna is 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. Janna serves as chair of the board of the Ulysses S. Grant Foundation, a sixty-four year old academic enrichment summer program, which brings together Yale and New Haven students on Yale's campus. She is the chair of the advisory board for the Community Fund for Women and Girls, a component fund of the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. Together with Jessica Sager, she was honored by the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame in 2013 for her work with All Our Kin. In 2014, Janna was selected as a Class of 2014-16 Zero To Three Fellow, and she and Jessica also received the "Living Our Beliefs Within Our Community" Award from the ACES Educational Foundation. Most recently, she was awarded the Yale Jefferson Award and was a Grand Prize recipient of the Roslyn S. Jaffe Awards. Janna is a Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow with the Fall 2017 cohort.

Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 59
Number of Part Time Staff 10
Number of Volunteers 5
Staff Retention Rate 97%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 11
Asian American/Pacific Islander 3
Caucasian 30
Hispanic/Latino 25
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 66
Unspecified 0
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 7
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2019
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, New York, and increasingly across the country, 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
Working 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
Extraordinary Female Social EntrepreneurNew Profit2014
Fellowship Program, Class of 2014-16Zero to Three2014
Susan M. Lewin Women's Leadership AwardThe Community Fund for Women & Girls2014
Grand Prize RecipientRoslyn S. Jaffe Awards2015
Champion of Children's WellbeingAshoka Changemakers and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation2016
Community Impact AwardFairfield County's Community Foundation2018
Accreditation Advocate of the Year AwardNational Association for Family Child Care2019
Peter Jennings Award (Janna Wagner)Teach for America2019
Promising Ventures Fellowship (Erica Phillips, Jessica Sager, Janna Wagner)Promise Venture Studio2019
Board Chair
Paige MacLean
Company Affiliation Executive Director, AF Accelerate, Achievement First
Term Dec 2018 to Dec 2020
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Helen BlankNational Women's Law Center
Vinice Davis
Lynette FragaChild Care Aware
Walter GilliamYale University
Rebecca Gonzalez
Myra Jones-TaylorZero to Three
Don M. Kendall Jr.
C. Nicole MasonCenter for Research and Policy in the Public Interest
Sammy PolitzinerArbor Brothers
Jessica SagerAll Our Kin
Tennille Smalls
Janna WagnerAll Our Kin
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 Not Specified
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 8
Unspecified 2
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Blanket Personal Property
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
Crime Coverage
Disability Insurance
Improper Sexual Conduct/Sexual Abuse
Medical Health Insurance
Special Event Liability
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Constituent Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Rebecca Gonzalez
Tennille Smalls
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Additional Boards: Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Merle Berke-Schlessel
Sarah Boone
Jennienne Burke
Elisabeth Cappuyns
Lucian Cohen
Linda Franciscovich
Cynthia Gorey
Mary Pat Healy
Carla Horwitz
Stephanie Jacoby
Elif Kongar
Adrienne McAteer
Heather Mokotoff
Yasmin Morales Alexander
Anna Mullen
Carolyn O'Brien
Ken Paul
Jason Price
Amanda Rieben
Cynthia Rojas
Marjorie Rosenthal
Cynthia Russell
Laura Saverin
Mara Siladi
Eileen Swerdlick
Angelica Velazquez
John Wareck
CEO Comments

In 2017, All Our Kin transitioned from a local, working board, based in New Haven, to a national board with the stature, resources, and strategic skills to lead and sustain the organization's growth. At present, the National Board consists of 13 members, who include thought leaders, policy experts, entrepreneurs, All Our Kin's co-founders, and two family child care educators representing Connecticut and New York. In addition to the National Board, All Our Kin has Regional Advisory Councils, which play a role in guiding and informing our work on the ground.

 

 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2020
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2020
Projected Revenue $7,100,000.00
Projected Expenses $7,100,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
Other Documents
Other Documents 3
NameYear
Creating the Conditions for Family Child Care to Thrive: Strategies for Increasing the Supply, Quality, and Sustainability of Family Child Care in States and Communities2019View
Examining Quality in Family Child Care: A Study of Quality and Child Outcomes in All Our Kin2016View
Examining Quality in Family Child Care: An Evaluation of All Our Kin2015View
"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 Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$2,722,953$2,675,530$1,610,807
Current Assets$2,634,316$2,620,803$1,552,598
Long-Term Liabilities$40,000$40,000$40,000
Current Liabilities$92,656$47,301$32,361
Total Net Assets$2,590,297$2,588,229$1,538,446
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountDalio Family Foundation $740,000 -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountUnited Way of Greater New Haven $474,465 -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountNew York Dept. of Education $350,000 -- --
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments
CEO Comments

In years, such as 2016, 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 profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Some financial information from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved has been inputted by Foundation staff. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. A more complete picture of the organization’s finances can be obtained by viewing the attached 990s and audited financials. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.
Address 414A Chapel Street
Suite 100
New Haven, CT 06511
Primary Phone 203 772-2294
Contact Email info@allourkin.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Jessica Sager
Board Chair Paige MacLean
Board Chair Company Affiliation Executive Director, AF Accelerate, Achievement First

 

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