Since our inception over two decades ago, Kids Included Together (KIT) has grown from an idea into one of the foremost organizations for understanding and practice of inclusion.
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.
Kids Included Together incorporated as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization with Gayle Slate as board president.
From the Top
Mary Shea becomes the first Executive Director for Kids Included Together.
Spreading the Word
Kids Included Together hosts the first national conference dedicated to inclusion in out-of-school time.
Joining The Navy
Kids Included Together begins work with US Navy Region Southwest via a grant from First 5 California.
Kids Included Together creates “Embracing Inclusion” training program for Boys & Girls Clubs of America through a grant from Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation.
Opening of the Kids Included Together National Training Center on Inclusion (NTCI).
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.
Crossing State Lines
Generous funding from Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation allows Kids Included Together to expand its reach into eight states outside of California.
Reaching Across The Globe
Kids Included Together begins providing inclusion training & support to US Navy Child & Youth Programs worldwide.
Kids Included Together offers formal continuing education units for its programs as an Authorized Provider of the International Association for Continuing Education & Training (IACET).
Kids Included Together military partnership expanded to include US Army, Air Force and Marine Corps Child & Youth Programs.
Kids Included Together presented with a national Inclusion Champions Award by the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation.
Kids Included Together opens a satellite office in Washington, DC, at the National Youth Transitions Center.
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).
United Nations Alliance
Kids Included Together awarded special consultative status to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.
KIT Board of Directors wins Kaleidoscope Award for Exceptional Governance from the University of San Diego.
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.
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.
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.
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.
KIT Academy Reaches All 50 States!