We are so excited about All Our Kin's growth over the last year. We've opened our new office in Bridgeport and connected with providers across Fairfield County. Through our Early Learning Guidelines Program, we've reached providers throughout the state. And we're sharing our model with organizations across the country.
Our community of providers, parents, and families is growing. At the same time, we are as committed as ever to New Haven, our first home. Thank you for partnering with us on behalf of children and families!
Jessica and Janna


All Our Kin's co-founders honored by
Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame


We're very excited to announce that the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame has named All Our Kin's co-founders, Jessica 

Janna Wagner and Jessica Sager
Janna Wagner and Jessica Sager, 2013 Education and Empowerment Honorees

Sager and Janna Wagner, as Education and Empowerment Honorees for 2013. Janna and 

Jessica will be honored at the Connecticut 

Women's Hall of Fame's 20th Annual Induction Ceremony & Celebration on November 6th.


The award recognizes Jessica and Janna for empowering women to build family child care businesses and boosting the availability of high quality child care options in the state. We are very proud of Janna and Jessica for receiving this honor, and we also want to take this chance to acknowledge all of the incredible women who are part of our provider network. Their hard work and dedication to continued learning is at the heart of All Our Kin's success.


For more about the award, please read our blog post or visit the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame's website


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"I know each of [the children I care for] by heart. "Heart" is a good word for what it feels like to have children come to my home each day. I think each and every family child care provider falls in love with the children in their care." -All Our Kin provider 


This fall, All Our Kin is offering five cohorts of providers across three cities (New Haven, Bridgeport, and Norwalk) the chance to take part in an exciting pilot project using the Circle of Security model. Circle of Security guides adults in a deep exploration of attachment and their relationships with children through a series of discussion-based workshops. The model is widely used with parents, but has never before been offered to child care providers. 


We know that the relationships that children build with their caregivers--with whom many children spend 8-10 hours a day--are absolutely fundamental to their development. By giving providers tools to better understand children's attachment needs and how attachment can affect emotions and behaviors, we hope that this pilot project will help our providers build stronger, more supportive relationships with the children in their care.



All Our Kin is offering the Circle of Security program in partnership with the Connecticut State Office of Early Childhood. Consultation from the Yale Child Study Center is supporting All Our Kin's programming and evaluation of the program's effectiveness.


A full list of All Our Kin's professional development opportunities is available on our website. To receive digital flyers for our workshops, please email
New evaluation documents All Our Kin's positive impact

A new report offers qualitative evidence of All Our Kin's positive effects on providers, families, and communities. This thoughtful reflection on our work shows that--in the evaluator's words--

"All Our Kin has a promising model for addressing [the shrinking supply of family child care providers across Connecticut]. It helps caregivers become licensed, provides new and existing licensed providers with supports to improve the quality of the care that they provide, and it is one of the key factors in the increase in the number of licensed family child care providers in New Haven."
The full report is coming soon to our website. Once it's posted, you will find it here.
You're invited to All Our Kin's Bridgeport Benefit!

We hope that you'll join us at All Our Kin's Bridgeport Benefit from 5:30 to 8PM on Wednesday, November 13, at the Bijou Theatre in Bridgeport.
First Class, by Alison Stewart
The benefit will feature special guest Alison Stewart, acclaimed journalist and author of the newly-released book First Class: The Legacy of Dunbar, America's First Black Public High School. During her more than two decades as a journalist, Stewart has reported for 60 Minutes, CBS News Sunday Morning, Good Morning America, and 20/20 Downtown. Most recently she was the host of the debut TED Radio Hour on NPR, which was awarded Best Audio Podcast by the editors of iTunes in 2012.   


We're looking forward to an informative and celebratory evening, and we hope that you'll consider joining us! 

For more information, please 

email or call 203.772.2294.


RSVP requested by November 3, 2013
All Our Kin staff member Sarah Derbala greets guests at our 2012 New Haven Benefit

FYI: All Our Kin has events coming in New Haven and New York City soon. Watch this space for details!

The Great Give 2013: Spreading the word about All Our Kin           

Do you know anyone who you think would be interested in supporting All Our Kin? We're participating in The Great Give 2013, and our goal for this year is to bring in new donors and supporters who aren't yet familiar with All Our Kin's work.


The Great Give offers new supporters a chance to make their donation to All Our Kin go farther. For 36 hours, starting October 2, 2013, 8 a.m. and lasting until 8 p.m. October 3, donations to All Our Kin through will make us eligible for matching gifts and up to $150,000 in grant prizes. Supporters can visit  
anytime during the 36-hour giving drive, search for All Our Kin and click "Donate Now" to contribute to our work. 
Since we hope to use this event to attract new funders, you can help us by forwarding this newsletter, posting about All Our Kin on Facebook or Twitter, or directing a friend to our website. Thanks in advance for helping us share the news!
All Our Kin receives support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Anonymous, Arbor Brothers, Carolyn Foundation, Citizens Bank Foundation, the Clementina Foundation, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, the Community Fund for Women and Girls, Connecticut State Office of Early Childhood, the Dalio Foundation, David Slifka, the Eder Family Foundation, Fairfield County Community Foundation's Fund for Women and Girls, the Grossman Family Foundation, Jon Sackler, the Leever Foundation, the Lewis G. Schaeneman, Jr. Foundation, Inc., Lone Pine Foundation, The Miles and G. Elizabeth Lasater Fund, Ms. Foundation for Women, Netter Family Fund, NewAlliance Foundation, the New Haven Early Childhood Council, the New Haven Investment Fund, LLC, New World Foundation, Norwalk Children's Foundation, Oristano Foundation, RGK Foundation, Seedlings Foundation, Seymour L. Lustman Memorial Fund, Stratton Faxon Trial Lawyers LLC, TK Foundation, Trinity Church on the Green, The UIL Holdings Corporation, The United Illuminating Company and Southern Connecticut Gas, United States Department of Health and Human Services, United Way of Greater New Haven, Viking Global Foundation, William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, William Graustein, and Yale University, as well as many additional supporters and friends.