How AOK Networks Improve Child and Family Outcomes
AOK Networks are community-based collaborations* that consist of people who share a common interest in helping families with young children get the best start in life. Knowing that individual program efforts are not enough, AOK Network partners work together to connect and coordinate services as they address current child and family priorities.
AOK Networks use system building strategies to improve families’ satisfaction with services and the system by enhancing service access, equity, capacity, and quality. As a result of working together to enhance the system and address local child and family priority issues, Network Partners generate even greater outcomes for young children and their families.
* “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.
3 Sets of Core Principles
- Community Engagement
- Family Support
- System Building
Network Capacity Building
- Shared Agenda
- Collaborative Leadership & Engagement
- Continuous Learning & Adaptive Action
- Network Infrastructure
AOK Networks strengthen their ability to work together by focusing on 4 core areas. Network capacity building is essential for system building.
- Early Identification
- Public Information & Education
- Information & Referral
- Coordination of Care
- Service Needs & Utilization
- Workforce Staffing & Development
- Local & State Policy
AOK Networks use system building strategies to create a more coherent, cross-sector system of services and supports while addressing local child/family priorities.
Child and Family Outcomes
- Children are born healthy
- Children maintain physical and emotional health and well-being
- Children enter school ready to learn
- Parents are leaders in their families and community
AOK Networks achieve greater child and family outcomes as a result of assuring a system of services that is accessible, high-quality, equitable, available, and satisfactory to families.