Our History

1996

Where We Began

Based upon a concept initiated by Gayle and Don Slate, Kids Included Together was organized as a pilot project at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, with funding from the Jewish Community Foundation.

Gayle and Don Slate

1996

1997

KIT, Inc.

Kids Included Together incorporated as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization with Gayle Slate as board president.

1997

1999

From the Top

Mary Shea becomes the first Executive Director for Kids Included Together.

Mary Shea training a large room of education professionals

1999

2003

Spreading the Word

Kids Included Together hosts the first national conference dedicated to inclusion in out-of-school time.

Three conference attendees smiling together.

2003

2006

Joining The Navy

Kids Included Together begins work with US Navy Region Southwest via a grant from First 5 California.

Training Days

Kids Included Together creates “Embracing Inclusion” training program for Boys & Girls Clubs of America through a grant from Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation.

2006

2007

NTCI Opens

Opening of the Kids Included Together National Training Center on Inclusion (NTCI).

National Training Center on Inclusion

Online Learning

With generous support from Qualcomm, Kids Included Together develops its first online learning modules in partnership with the San Diego State University Interwork Institute Center for Distance Learning.

2007

2008

Crossing State Lines

Generous funding from Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation allows Kids Included Together to expand its reach into eight states outside of California.

Nili Mathews leading an on-site presentation to learners

Reaching Across The Globe

Kids Included Together begins providing inclusion training & support to US Navy Child & Youth Programs worldwide.

2008

2010

Giving Credit

Kids Included Together offers formal continuing education units for its programs as an Authorized Provider of the International Association for Continuing Education & Training (IACET).

Joining Forces

Kids Included Together military partnership expanded to include US Army, Air Force and Marine Corps Child & Youth Programs.

2010

2011

Inclusion Champions

Kids Included Together presented with a national Inclusion Champions Award by the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation.

Torrie Dunlap accepting a National Inclusions Champions Award

2011

2013

Washington, D.C.

Kids Included Together opens a satellite office in Washington, DC, at the National Youth Transitions Center.

Gayle Slate speaking at the Washington, DC office opening in 2013

2013

2014

Century Community Learning Centers

KIT served on a Department of Education funded technical working group to build the capacity for inclusion within 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLCs). KIT provided technical assistance for evidence-based inclusive practices to 21st CCLC programs in three states (CA, MA, and UT).

Four women smiling for the camera

2014

2015

United Nations Alliance

Kids Included Together awarded special consultative status to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

Eight KIT Board of Director members, Torrie Dunlap and Gayle Slate at the 2015 Kaleidoscope Award for Exceptional Governance

Receiving Honors

KIT Board of Directors wins Kaleidoscope Award for Exceptional Governance from the University of San Diego.

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2015

2016

Mission: More is Possible

The mission of Kids Included Together expands from out-of-school to include K-12 education. Launches with a presentation by our CEO at SXSWedu in Austin, TX, and a partnership with The Inclusive Class to develop our first online K-12 module on the topic of inclusive classrooms.

2016

2017

Behavior Support

KIT takes to the road to train Army Child & Youth Services Personnel on implementation of the Operational Guidance for Behavior Support. Army CYS and KIT led the way for operationalizing behavior in ways that emphasize behavior as communication and an opportunity to teach skills. 

Three training directors looking at a presenation

2017

2019

I Can Be Inclusive

KIT Academy releases I Can Be Inclusive, a set of interactive video courses for youth professionals to learn the basics of how to create inclusive environments.

'Reflect' in white text on an orange paint stroke. A woman wearing a purple shirt stands to the right

2019

2020

Virtual Training

KIT pivoted to virtual trainings and site visits due to the pandemic. In 2020 and 2021, KIT facilitated 279 virtual training sessions with 19,329 participants.

'What is Inclusion?' in black text on a laptop screen.

2020

2021

KIT Academy

KIT Academy Reaches All 50 States!

A multi-toned blue map of the united states, showing where KIT Academy has been.

2021