On behalf of everyone at All Our Kin, we would like to wish you a happy and healthy new year!

As we begin 2023, we look forward to another year in partnership with you to create more memories and impact in family child care. This year, and every year, we are grateful for your support and continued collaboration as we strive to build brighter futures for the children and families within our communities.


We enter this new year filled with great hope and excitement for what’s ahead!

Check out this week’s newsletter to learn more about our 2023 offerings and opportunities to advocate for family child care.


The All Our Kin Team

Advocate for Child Care!

Thanks to advocates across the country -- including many of you -- Congress recently approved an increase in child care and early education funding for the 2023 fiscal year. This increase includes $1.9 billion in new funding for the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF), which supports Care4Kids, child care quality and licensing. As a result, Connecticut will receive an additional $12.8 million. Head Start/Early Head Start will also receive $960 million nationwide.


With a new Congress elected in November, we don't anticipate an increase in federal funding over the next two years. This makes state budget advocacy more important than ever! All Our Kin and Child Care for Connecticut's Future will ask state lawmakers for a substantial increase in compensation for educators next year, and payment based on the true cost of care for years to come.

Join Child Care for Connecticut's Future for a webinar on Jan. 18 to learn more!



Our Time

A Celebration of Stories

Let's gather for a celebration of new beginnings, new opportunities, and community! The New Haven Network will be joined by renowned author, Raouf Mama for an evening of storytelling that invites us to reflect on the power of our own stories. 

We will meet at the Possible Futures bookstore on Jan.18 from 6-8:30 p.m. 


Leadership Series

Creating Effective Presentations

Learn the tools to deliver a strong presentation! Join us for part two of our Leadership Series on Monday, Jan. 23 from 6:30-8 p.m. This interactive workshop will show you how to structure your google slide/ powerpoint presentation and best practice for creating visuals.


Network Meeting

We hope to see you at our next network meeting on Jan. 31! This is a time for family child care educators to come together to share ideas and needs with each other and All Our Kin, so that we can better support you!

This month’s meeting will be held in person at our Stamford office between 6:30-8:30 p.m. If you’re interested in attending, email, or call Jessica P at (203) 800-8386.

Workshop Series

Get a Jumpstart on Your Accounting!

Learn how to keep track of business income, expenses and develop greater control over your finances! In this Accounting Workshop, you’ll explore All Our Kin’s easy-to-use Accounting program.

Workshops begin in February. Please view the attached flier for more information, and contact Patty Santos at (646) 443-6411 to register today!

Emotions Matter!

Ruler for Early Childhood

Whether excitement, frustration, disappointment, happiness or fear, children and adults face many emotions throughout the day. Children who learn to Recognize, Understand, Label, Express and Regulate (RULER) their emotions develop better relationships with others. Sign up for our six-part series beginning Feb. 27 to learn all about RULER in helping children develop and practice emotional intelligence.

To register, please contact Jessica P at or call/text (203) 800-8386. 

Note: this is a hybrid series -- two in person sessions will be held at our Bridgeport office at 1550B State St and four sessions will be virtual.

Wellness Workshop Series

Somatic Experiencing for Resolving Stress and Trauma

This six-week online training is an interactive program to learn mind-body practices for regulating our nervous system in the face of work and societal challenges. The focus will be on understanding the autonomic nervous system’s fight, flight, and freeze responses to acute and chronic stress and trauma, and the physical, mental, emotional, and behavioral impact. 

You will learn exercises for a healthy nervous system and self-regulation as well as strategies for co-regulation with the children in your care. The first workshop begins Feb. 9.


Take Action

Final Week

Apply for Health Coverage for Less than $10/mo

If you're uninsured, you may be eligible to purchase affordable health coverage through the Marketplace (aka 'Obamacare'). New legislation dramatically lowers the cost of health insurance for most Americans, but you must sign up by Jan. 15.

For more information, visit or call 1-800-318-2596 for assistance in English or Spanish. For any application assistance, contact a member of All Our Kin’s team at your nearest site.


State Funding

Share Your Story with CT Legislators

The CT legislative session has started! Are you interested in sharing your story with legislators or advocating for state funding for child care? Let us know!


Protect FCC

Housing & Zoning

In order to protect family child care from discriminatory housing and zoning practices, legislators need to hear from you! Take five minutes to send a letter today!



Bridgeport:; 203-392-4574

New Haven:; 203-301-8473

Stamford/Norwalk:; 203-690-9726  

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