Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of All our Kin, Lecturer in Education Studies
Jessica Sager co-teaches with Janna Wagner, the Education Studies Seminar “Child Care, Society, and Public Policy.” She is the co-founder and chief executive officer of All Our Kin, a nationally recognized New Haven nonprofit that trains, supports and sustains family child care providers to ensure that children and families have the foundation for success in school and in life. Through All Our Kin, caregivers succeed as business owners; working parents find stable, high-quality care for their children; and children receive early learning experiences that lay the groundwork for achievement in school and beyond. She received her B.A. from Barnard College and worked as an artist-in-the-schools in New York City before attending Yale Law School, where she was a Coker Teaching Fellow. In 1999, she received her J.D. from Yale. Upon graduation, she was awarded both the Mary McCarthy and Liman Public Interest Fellowships.
She is a trustee of the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, serves on the Board of Advisors for the Arbor Brothers social venture fund and the Board of Directors for the State Education Resource Center Foundation, and is active in numerous local, state and national initiatives to improve the quality and sustainability of child care in low-income communities. In 2001, Yale University and the City of New Haven awarded Jessica a Seton Elm-Ivy Award for her efforts to strengthen partnerships and understanding among the New Haven and Yale communities. Ms. Sager’s honors include the US Small Business Administration’s “Women in Business Champion” award (2012), the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame (2013), New Profit’s “Extraordinary Female Social Entrepreneur” designation (2014) and the Roslyn S. Jaffe Award Grand Prize (2015). Jessica has provided commentary on child care issues for Time, The Hill, and Education Week. She is a Ms. Foundation Public Voices Fellow and a 2016 Pahara Aspen Fellow.