2021 All Our Kids Early Childhood Networks (AOK Networks) Fact Sheet

Illinois Department of Human Services
Division of Family & Community Services
Office of Early Childhood

Bureau of Early Childhood Development

Contact:  Ana Maria Accove

Contact Email 

1. Name of FCS' Program Office

Office of Early Childhood

2. Name of Bureau

Bureau of Early Childhood Development
Contact Name - Ana Maria Accove
Contact Phone - 312-793-2748

3. Program Objectives

Our theory of change suggests that by working together across sectors we can improve the service system and this can result in greater synergistic outcomes for children and families.

At the core of our work is the realization that program approaches to changing child and family outcomes alone will never be sufficient to create the population-level changes we most want to create. That's why we focus on system change efforts. Our mission is to improve the service delivery system so that families have greater access to high-quality, well-coordinated, easily assessable and equitable services.

This implies that a majority of our work should focus on creating changes in the system (system outcomes), which in turn will lead to child and family outcomes rather than developing more programs or services that are directly targeting child and family outcomes. There may be a few exceptions to this, but our work is primarily about creating system changes.

4. Related Programs

  • Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) and Coordinated Intake (CI)
  • Better Birth Outcomes
  • Family Case Management
  • Healthy Families Illinois
  • Healthy Start
  • Illinois State Board of Education's Prevention Initiative
  • Illinois State Board of Education's Preschool for All Initiative
  • Childcare Resource and Referral (CCR&R)
  • Early Intervention (EI) Local Interagency Council (LIC)
  • Various local programs engaged as local AOK Network partners

5. Eligibility Requirements of Population Served

This inititative supports system change efforts, it is not intended to provide direct services. It supports enhancing the early childhood system of services and supports which in turn will lead to better child and family outcomes within a defined community. Funding is limited to those public or private, not-for-profit community-based agencies, education organizations and individuals within currently funded AOK Network communities that received funding from the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Family and Community Services for the implementation of the AOK Networks program.

6. Number of Service Providers


To access the current FY2020 service providers for this program, please use the following instructions:

1. Click on the link provided to access the GATA website

  1. Under Active Programs and Awards, click (list) of agencies that have active grant programs.
  2. Click on Department of Human Services (444).
  3. Scroll down the list to locate the appropriate program information and corresponding (CSFA number). (Click the appropriate program).
  4. Scroll down to the end of the page to locate the FY2021 Active Awards and click (View all Awards) for the complete list of proivders.

7. Number of Program Participants

Each AOK Network has a cross-sector representation of community partners that vary by community. In FY20 there were approximately 800 partners engaged across the communities with AOK Early Childhood Networks.

SFY Program Participants
FY19 712
FY20 800
FY21 (Projected) 800

8. Program Appropriations and Expenditures 

Appropriation Name Approp Number Appropriation Amount Program Allocation Program Expended Amount
FY19 Healthy Families 82001490C 10,040,000.00 200,000.00 200,000.00
FY19 Infant Mortality 82001490M 31,665,000.00 649,443.00 633,405.72
FY19 Child Care Services 80408490W 290,800,000.00 72,000.00 72,000.00
FY20 Healthy Families 82001490C 10,040,000.00 200,000.00 200,000.00
FY20 Infant Mortality 82001490M 31,665,000.00 649,443.00 649,443.00
FY20 Child Care Services 80408490W 408,800,000.00 72,000.00 52,831.92
FY21 Healthy Families 82001490C 10,040,000.00 200,000.00
FY21 Infant Mortality 82001490M 31,665,000.00 649,443.00
FY21 Child Care Services 80408490W 428,800,000.00 72,000.00

9. State and Federal Funding Sources

There is a blending of Federal and State funds that support this initiative. This initiative is funded by Infant Mortality, Childcare, and HealthyFamilies appropriations. In addition, the initiative is further supported locally with local revenue and community small grant opportunities.

10. State Statute(s), Federal Mandate(s), Matching Requirement(s), Maintenance-of-Effort Requirement(s), etc.

State Statutes: N/A
Federal Mandates: N/A
OE: General Revenue funding is part of a maintenance of efforts requirement.