Our History

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.

 

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 full-time Executive Director for Kids Included Together.

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

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