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

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

1997

KIT, Inc.

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

1999

From the Top

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

2003

2003

Spreading the Word

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

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

2007

2007

NTCI Opens

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

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.

2008

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.

Reaching Across The Globe

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

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.

2011

2011

Inclusion Champions

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

2013

2013

Washington, D.C.

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

2015

United Nations Alliance

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

Receiving Honors

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

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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.