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Supporting Young Children to be Healthy and Ready to Learn: Lessons from State and Local Collaborations

Ralph Schubert, Acting Associate Director for Family Health, Division of Community Health and Prevention

Illinois Department of Human Services

Workshop/Breakout Title

Workshop/Breakout Speaker(s)


All Our Kids Early Childhood NetworksPartnerships for Systems Change

Mission and Purpose

AOK Networks are community partnerships working together to ensure that all families with children birth through age five can access the services they need to get the best start in life


AOK Systems Goals

  • Improve access to services

  • Increase capacity of the system

  • Enhance coordination and collaboration

  • Increase family satisfaction

  • Engage a broad range of stakeholders


AOK Theory of Change

Service Delivery

Providers

Service

System

Healthy and Ready to Learn

Health Status

Barriers

Families

Family Satisfaction


Network Structure

  • Led by Local Health Department

  • State provides resources for coordinator and related expenses

  • Organized Group of Local Stakeholders


Network Functions

  • Carry Out the 10 Essential Public Health Services with Regard to Families with Young Children


Health providers

Early Care and Education

Family Support

Social Services

Faith Community

Local Government

Mental Health

Family Members

Mobilize Partnerships


Assessment

  • Community Based Process

  • Secondary & Primary Data

  • Provider Supply, Health Status, Barriers to Services, Family Satisfaction

  • FOCUS on Children Manual


Strategic Plan

  • Set Priorities to Address Problems Identified in the Planning Process

  • 3-5 Priorities

  • Developed in Partnership with the Community


Priorities

  • Outreach to doctors and medical providers

  • Screenings

  • Parent education

  • Awareness and outreach on local services

  • Coordination of care and referral process


Measuring Progress

  • Providers

  • Family Knowledge & Perceptions

  • Barriers

  • Coordination of Services

  • Service Utilization

  • Health Status

  • Family Satisfaction


Measuring Progress

  • Physical Health

  • Mental Health

  • Early Care and Education

  • Parenting Skills

  • Family Support


AOK Network Activities

  • Information and outreach

  • Early identification

  • Access

  • Coordinate services

  • Public education

  • Workforce training and staff development


AOK Accomplishments

  • Service directories to over 50,00 families

  • Increased screenings

  • Coordination of home visiting services

  • Smoother transitions between Part C and Part B

  • Addressing service gaps

  • Increased public awareness

  • Enhanced local workforce training


Connections

  • Birth To Five Project (Build Initiative) / Early Learning Council

  • ABCD-II

  • Strengthening Families Initiative

  • Children’s Mental Health Partnership


Kane

Stephenson

Cook County

Will

McLean

North

Tazewell

Lawndale

Vermilion

Adams

Cicero

Macon

Wabash

St. Clair

Edwards

Twelve Communities


State Funding Partners

  • Illinois Department of Human Services

  • Illinois State Board of Education


Contact Us

  • [email protected]

  • [email protected]

  • [email protected]


Questions?

Questions?


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