How AOK Networks Improve Child and Family Outcomes
AOK Networks Mission: All Our Kids Early Childhood Networks are community-based collaborations that promote healthy pregnancies and the positive growth and development of all children birth to five and their parents/caregivers by assuring a well-coordinated, easily-accessible, equitable and just system of services and supports that engages parents as partners in making the system work for them.
* “Community” is used generally to refer to a geographic area, which is defined by each Network. While most Networks focus their efforts across a specific county, some focus on a specific town or area of Chicago.
Core Sets of Principles
- Community Engagement
- Family Support
- System Building
Build Network Capacity
AOK Network partners work together to build their collaborative capacity to continuously improve the service delivery system by focusing on four core areas.
Improve Local Service Delivery
AOK Networks use a three-prong approach to address system issues and continuously improve the service delivery system.
- Engage those who are experiencing the problem in solving the problem
- Early identification
- Public information & education
- Information & referral
- Service Needs & utilization
- Workforce staffing & development
- Local & state policy
- Engage diverse stakeholders
- Assess for system barriers/li>
- Design and implement strategies that target system root causes
- Learn and adapt for results
Positively Impact Systems
- Access to quality services
- Coordination of efforts
- Equitable and just system
- Parents as partners in making the system work for them
Positively Impact Children
- Babies are born healthy
- Young children are safe, healthy, and developing positively
- Children are kindergarten ready