All Our Kids (AOK)
Bureau of Maternal and Infant Health
Division of Community Health & Prevention
Illinois Department of Human Services

Program Description

Target

Families with young children (including families who are expecting a child) in select communities.

Purpose

To coordinate services across systems and ensure that all families with young children are aware of and have the opportunity to receive the services they need.

Services

Community assessment, planning, and systems coordination to better organize and offer services for families with young children.

Delivery Method

The AOK Networks are community-based collaborative efforts among family members, DHS, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), local health departments and other local agencies that serve families with young children. Twelve programs serve the following counties: Adams, Kane, Macon, McLean, St. Clair, Stephenson, Tazewell, Vermilion, and Wabash/Edwards, Will. The AOK Network in Chicago serves the community areas of North and South Lawndale and East and West Garfield. The AOK Network in Cook County is located in and serves the Town of Cicero.

Program Data

SFY04 SFY 05 SFY06 SFY 07
Program Expenditure (Numbers in 000's) $1,002.7 $1,034.3 $957.0 $959.5
Number of Grantees (DHS) *10 *10 *10 *10

*DHS only funds 10 of the 12 counties served. The ISBE funds Will & St. Clair counties.

Program Accomplishments

The AOK Networks are an innovative solution to the problem of linking and integrating programs that address different facets of early childhood development. The focus is on developing a comprehensive service delivery system that meets families' needs. The networks have:

  • conducted community assessments to identify existing local resources and family needs.
  • convened regular parent and provider meetings to share information about service needs and appropriate community responses.
  • developed and broadly distributed over 57,000 directories of community services for young children and their families.
  • worked with community partners to increase the number of developmental screenings available to young children and their families.
  • involved businesses and the faith communities in identifying families with young children in need of services.
  • improved coordination of care and referral systems to ensure timely and appropriate referrals to needed services.
  • identified service providers' continuing education needs and responded with cross systems training opportunities
  • worked with local community colleges and others to improve training opportunities for providers who work with young children.
  • partnered with the Strengthening Families Illinois program and the Illinois Family Partnership Network to engage families with the Protective Factors and strategies for keeping families strong and healthy.