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Core Values

The following values guide and inform All Our Kin staff members’ work in the field. 

Maintain High Standards
Set the highest standards for yourself. Never compromise on excellence. Strive to be a model of best practice. Be ambitious. Hold yourself accountable for the quality of everything you produce.

Focus on Strengths
Value children, providers, and parents, and respect their unique perspectives,  backgrounds and experiences. Start from a place of potential and positivity. Understand that an asset-based approach to change requires sensitivity, flexibility, respect and commitment. Work in partnership with providers and parents to improve outcomes for children.

Place Relationships First
Create authentic relationships based on recognition of each person’s individuality and grounded in mutual respect. Approach others without prior judgment. Work cooperatively and collaboratively with people at different educational levels. Be culturally and linguistically sensitive. Work hard at building community wherever you go, both inside and outside All Our Kin. 

Commit to Transformative Outcomes for Children, Providers and Families
Believe in and commit to the bold goal of quality early care and learning experiences for all children and equity for all caregivers. Continually ask yourself whether your work is improving outcomes for children and caregivers.

Engage in Continuous Learning Seize every opportunity to gain more knowledge and use it to inform your work. Reflect on your experiences and change your practice in response. Be open to feedback and constructive criticism. Be humble, honest, and admit mistakes. Understand that we don't yet know all the right answers, and keep trying new strategies. Use data to inform your work. Persist in the face of obstacles. Experiment, innovate, and explore.

Center Equity, Inclusion, and Justice
Work on behalf of equitable opportunities and outcomes for all children, families, and caregivers. Prioritize and promote equity, diversity, and inclusion in every aspect of your work. Learn the history of racism and discrimination and understand its impact on your work today. Actively work to combat systemic racism and injustice internally and externally. Examine and challenge your own biases and roles in systems of power and privilege. Speak your truth and empower others to do the same.