Workshops & Training

Workshops & Training


All Our Kin believes that family child care educators deserve to be respected as professionals and to receive nothing less than rigorous, high-quality training and professional development.

Inspired by their passion and dedication, and firmly rooted in our values, All Our Kin has developed an effective and flexible professional development model that:

  • Is structured to work for educators’ schedules
  • Makes educators feel welcomed and valued
  • Helps educators network with colleagues and share learnings
  • Is diverse and culturally competent
  • Tailors its curricula to the unique needs of family child care educators
  • Offers high-quality content and experienced trainers and facilitators
  • Adapts to varied levels of experience
  • Is rooted in current research about child development and adult learning
  • Creates an inclusive multilingual learning space with offerings in both English and Spanish
  • Is responsive to requests from educators and interests observed by staff
  • Collaborates with local partners in each community
  • Encourages continuous learning and development

By receiving the best possible learning opportunities that are well suited to their lives and experiences, the educators in our networks are able to give the highest quality care to their children, helping them flourish to reach their full potential now and into the future. 

Workshops we commonly offer include the following:

  • Circle of Security Parenting
  • Health, Safety and Supervision
  • Introduction to the CT ELDS for Family Child Care
  • Stress Reduction and Self-Care
  • Caring for Children with Special Needs
  • Social Emotional Development
  • Educator Leadership
  • Family and Community Relationships
  • Health, Safety and Nutrition
  • Child Growth and Development
  • Race and Ethnic Identity Development
  • Language and Literacy


Language Justice

All Our Kin recognizes that educators learn best when they are able to participate in the language in which they feel most comfortable. We provide high quality workshops in English and Spanish as well as bilingual workshops with either consecutive or simultaneous interpretation, in accordance with the needs and structure of each unique workshop. We are committed to creating dynamic and multilingual learning environments where educators can connect and learn across differences of language, cultural, race, ethnicity and immigration experience.

Virtual Learning

During the COVID pandemic, All Our Kin began offering virtual learning opportunities hosted on Zoom. We have applied all of our best practices from in-person workshops to our virtual sessions, while also incorporating current standards that make virtual workshops successful. While virtual learning doesn’t work for all of our educators, it has allowed the development of cross-community relationships and made participation easier for some, especially those for whom traveling to our offices is a hardship. 

There are three design principles that constitute our virtual learning: 

Integrating adult learning theory principles, mixing live-learning experiences with pre and post learning activities, and opportunities for team-based learning. 

Click here to check out our upcoming workshops and events.