Dear Jessica,


Back-to-school in full swing! What an exciting and jam-packed time this is for you!


January 1 may symbolize a fresh start for many, but for a lot of us it's September that symbolizes a month of new beginnings. For family child care educators, you’re welcoming new children into your programs. You may be helping older ones adjust when the school day ends. And you're accommodating families as they make sense of new schedules. It is no small undertaking, so please remember that we are here for you if you seek advice, coaching, or an understanding ear!


We can't wait to come together again, whether it’s in-person or online. In this week's newsletter, you'll find fall offerings and wonderful opportunities to share knowledge, advance your programs and have joyful moments together. In the coming weeks, you can refer to this newsletter as a resource for voting and timely election news. As you may have heard, child care was not included in the federal government’s most recent reconciliation bill - but we remain optimistic about what we will accomplish over time! Nobody can deny the increased visibility that family child care has, in part because you took action, sending 5,000 letters and postcards to legislative leaders, attending Town Halls, sharing your stories with national publications and members of Congress. The skills and insights you brought to this work aren’t going away, and the future of family child care advocacy is richer for it.

 

We remain steadfast in our commitment to stand shoulder to shoulder as we continue to advocate for bold investment in child care. We are thankful for all that you do each and every day to enrich not only the lives of children, but your fellow educators. There is no doubt that your sacrifices are great - but the benefits your children and families experience are equally profound.


Wishing you a safe and happy back-to-school season!


With Love,

The All Our Kin Team

New Season, New Offerings! 

See what's returning this month

Get Trained!

Promoting Social-Emotional Development


If you have children in your care who struggle with tantrums, sharing, taking turns and playing cooperatively, this is the training for you. This 3-part series is designed to promote the tools to confront challenging behavior, covering topics on nurturing responsive relationships, designing high-quality supportive environments & more.


Participants must attend all three sessions:

Part 1: September 14: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (English)

Part 2: September 21: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (English)

Part 3: October 5: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

(English)


Contact Ligia Hendrie at (475) 294-1604 for more information.

CPR & First Aid

Classes Are Back!


Need to renew or obtain your CPR & First Aid license? Educator and CPR instructor Milca Colon will be leading the first CPR & First Aid class since the onset of the pandemic! Classes will be held on September 21 and September 23 in Spanish.


Spots are limited. 


Call Lilliam Ramos at 203-691-0764 to sign up.


Free

Coaching Program 


The New Haven Network invites new or seasoned educators to apply to All Our Kin’s coaching program. This is a wonderful opportunity to work one-on-one with an educational coach, connect with other educators and explore engaging ways to create a responsive and educational environment that benefits the children in your care.


The coaching program will be made available to educators outside of the Greater New Haven area. For more information, please reach out to Maureen Acevedo at (203) 690-8804. 

New events & workshops


September 27: Space Together

September 28: Our Time Kick-Off

SEE MORE

Last Call! Hotspots Still Available


With the support of the CT Office of Early Childhood, All Our Kin is looking to help provide Hotspot Internet devices to family child care educators in Connecticut, through the GEER project.

CHECK YOUR ELIGIBILITY

Take Action

Premium Pay Program for Essential Workers


Connecticut has launched a new Premium Pay Program, offering up to $1,000 in pandemic pay for essential workers, including family child care educators, who were employed during the height of a pandemic. 

LEARN MORE

Child Care for Connecticut's Future (CCFCF) Stakeholder Meeting


CCFCF is working to create an early care and education system that better meets the needs of children, families, and educators. Join their next stakeholder meeting on Wednesday, September 21 at 6:30 p.m. to make your voice heard.

SIGN UP

Connecticut, Prepare to Vote!


General elections are right around the corner! Your vote is an opportunity to elect officials that are strong advocates for family child care. Take the first step to prepare for November 8th elections by registering to vote today.

REGISTER NOW

Contact:

Bridgeport: Bridgeport@allourkin.org; 203-392-4574

Danbury: Danbury@allourkin.org; 203-690-9726

New Haven: NewHaven@allourkin.org; 203-301-8473

Stamford/Norwalk: StamfordNorwalk@allourkin.org; 203-690-9726  

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