A few weeks ago we dropped off some board books at All Our Kin's offices in Bridgeport. I was so impressed with their mission that I followed up with their Southern Connecticut Director, Erica Phillips, in their Stamford Offices. Their goal is to reduce the achievement gap for children in low income communities by training the home daycare providers to become skilled early childhood educators. All Our Kin provides free training, mentoring, and networking for around 200 community childcare providers who have the capacity to have 1,200 children in their homes. To ensure quality childcare, they help caregivers train for their state license, provide educational consulting visits to their homes, and run courses on managing a business, CPR /First Aid, and many child development topics.
All Our Kin also provides materials, equipment and supplies to needy caregivers during their classes and networking sessions. They need many board books and young 'Read to Me' books to distribute, and any ongoing assistance we can provide will be very appreciated.
When we visited the Stamford office, we were very happy to see that New Canaan Community Preschool had just delivered many books they had collected in a book drive for the organization.
Books for the Bridgeport office were provided by Darien Book Aid