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Dear Jessica,

On behalf of the entire team here at All Our Kin, we want to wish you a wonderful holiday season! We hope this season fills you with love, peace and the joy that you bring to so many families.

As you may know, The Build Back Better Plan is slowly making its way through Congress. Child care funding is not secure until there's a final vote and Senate Democrats hope to vote on the bill by December 17th. We'll continue to keep you updated as we learn more!

There's nothing we love more than educators lifting their voices! If you are interested in advocacy or media opportunities, we’d love to hear from you. Please reach out to your local site or our Communications Director Wende Gozan-Brown at [email protected].

In observance of the holiday, All Our Kin offices will be closed from December 23rd until January 3rd. Contact an AOK team member for any assistance prior to closure.

Sending you our love, friendship and some holiday cheer!

In Solidarity,

The All Our Kin Team

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NYC Vaccine Requirements for Child Care Providers

  • The NYC Department of Health is now requiring all child care providers to receive the Covid-19 vaccine by December 20th. The requirement applies to all staff, contractors, volunteers or interns who work in-person at a child care program.

To comply, providers must have vaccine documentation of at least one dose of a vaccine for each of your staff members by December 20, 2021. For more about the requirement and required documentation, please see the NYC Department of Health notice here. Of course, reach out to us if you have questions or need help complying with the requirement. 


Participate in NYS Child Care Advocacy Day

All Our Kin, alongside the Empire State Campaign for Child Care, will be participating in NYS Child Care Advocacy Day coming up in the first two weeks of February. Click below to join one of two optional kickoff calls hosted by the Empire State Campaign for Child Care!

Join 12/14 1pm Kickoff Call 

Join 12/14 7pm Kickoff Call

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AOK NYC Provider Bridgeworks and Virtual Holiday Celebration

Come out and join our virtual holiday celebration and Bridgeworks meeting!

There will be Raffles, Activities, Presentations and a Dance Party!

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Exploring Race and Representation in Picture Books

Join educators from The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art for a virtual workshop exploring how to use picture books to provide “mirrors and windows” that reflect readers’ identities and open their eyes to the world beyond their lived experiences. This two-part workshop will feature presentations from Carle educators, book sharing, and opportunities for discussion and reflection. Participants will receive supporting materials, including supplemental readings, thematic book lists, and resources for building a more equitable, inclusive book collection. Certificates will be issued for 3 hours of professional development.

Wednesday, December 8th & 15th

7:00pm - 8:30pm



FCC Educator Panel: Communicating with Parents & Families

Hear from fellow educator colleagues about their strategies for communicating with families. Panelists will talk about their communication routines, how they navigate difficult conversations with families, the improvements they would like to make to their communication, and the ways they think their network of fellow FCC educators can be a helpful resource. Certificates will be issued for 1.25 hours of professional development.

Tuesday, December 21st

6:00-7:15 pm


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Children and the Pandemic: Developing a Responsive Approach to the Needs of the Children in Your Care

All Our Kin welcomes Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Irene Mazer, who comes with a wealth of knowledge regarding early childhood development, to lead a workshop on how to respond and support children's social-emotional needs during these challenging and stressful times. There will be an opportunity for educators to think through and share strategies with fellow workshop participants. Certificates will be issued for 1.5 hours of professional development.

Thursday, December 16th

6:30-8:00 pm



Terri Lynne Lokoff ECE Teacher Awards

First Up’s Champions for Early Education will be hosting the Terri Lynne Lokoff ECE Teacher Awards honoring early childhood educators across the country! The Awards recognizes and celebrates the achievements of outstanding early care teachers, while bringing attention to the critical role that educators play in the lives of young children. Winners will receive a cash prize, a paid trip to Philadelphia to attend the Awards and other prizes! All applications are due by January 28, 2022.


Join the All Our Kin Team

Looking to work with a team of dynamic game-changers who care passionately about supporting family child care? We have a number of exciting opportunities available! Click here to learn more about open positions and how to apply!


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