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 ensure that babies are born healthy, children maintain physical and emotional health, children enter school ready to learn, families are connected to services they need and parents are leaders in their communities.

Services

Community assessment, planning, training 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. Thirteen 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

SFY 05 SFY06 SFY 07 SFY08
Program Expenditure (Numbers in 000's) $1,034.3 $957.0 $959.5 $1,116.2
Number of Grantees (DHS) *10 *10 *10 *10

*DHS only funds 10 of the 12 counties served thru SFY07. In SFY08 DHS funded 11 of the 13 counties served. The ISBE funds Will & St. Clair counties.

Program Effectiveness

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 102,000 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.
  • improved coordination of care and referral systems to ensure timely and appropriate referrals to needed services.