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“It’s a collaboration”: A dedicated family child care provider partners with a parent and professionals to give Kylie the care she needs

In December of 2011, Patricia became a foster mom to a baby girl named Kylie. “When she came to me, she was four months old,” says Patricia, “so light she was like paper.” Now two years old, Kylie is at a healthy body weight but has several significant developmental delays. Fortunately, she now receives free care from an experienced family child care provider named Debra Kelly through the Early Head Start (EHS) program All Our Kin runs in collaboration with the United Way of Greater New Haven.

Never Stop Learning!

One of the great things about being part of a learning organization is… learning! In today’s ever-changing, technology driven environments it is so important to keep your skills and your knowledge current. With a little investment of time, you may be able to navigate your way through systems you hadn’t used before and may find doors to new opportunities and possibilities opening! 

2-1-1 Provides Winter Storm Resources

With Winter Storm Bethany heading into Connecticut, bringing frigid temperatures with it, the United Way 2-1-1 info line and website offer up-to-date information on preparing for and enduring the storm.

Resources can be found by dialing 2-1-1 toll-free or visiting 211ct.org. Supported by the United Ways in Connecticut, 2-1-1 provides 24-hour information, resources and referrals for those in need.

KX Technologies Brings Holiday Joy to Local Children

KX Technologies, a Marmon Water/Berkshire Hathaway company, has supported United Way of Greater New Haven for the past two years with a workplace campaign. This year, the company went beyond that and hosted a toy drive as well. 

The toy drive brought in over 50 toys for kids in preschool through age 10. The variety of toys will surely delight many this holiday season. They were donated to one of our Early Head Start partners Lulac Head Start in New Haven. 

With new Success by 6 grant, All Our Kin will deepen work on early language and numeracy in family child care

We’re excited to announce that All Our Kin has received a grant from the United Way of Greater New Haven to support our work around early literacy and numeracy with family child care providers. The grant, through United Way’s Success by 6 initiative, will allow All Our Kin’s educational consultants to infuse their existing one-on-one coaching sessions with providers with intentional curriculum development in these areas.

Advocacy Day at Metro!

On Wednesday, Nov. 27th, Metropolitan Business Academy hosted its annual Advocacy Day!

Advocacy Day is a day set aside for students to learn about all the great community work going on in New Haven and throughout Connecticut. This year we had over 20 community advocates join us and present their community change initiatives! Many of these advocates are community partners with Metro through Boost! and work with the school throughout the year while focusing on both student and parent engagement. 

Ivy Street Community Garden Groundbreaking

A sunny fall day warmed the many faces of the Newhallville community at the Ivy Street Community Garden groundbreaking last Wednesday, October 16th. For a community that has a history of high rates of violence and crime, it was wonderful to see the many different individuals and community partners that are invested in making this a better area for the children growing up in it--the children right across the street at the Lincoln-Bassett Community School.

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