For children to get the best start in life, families need strong communities where everyone is working together toward common goals for young children. The All Our Kids Early Childhood Networks initiative (AOK Networks) in Illinois was launched in 1999 to support collaboration across service sectors so that greater results for young children could be achieved.
The AOK Network is committed to developing a high-quality, well-coordinated, easily accessible system of care to promote positive growth and development for children up to five years of age, as well as their families.
Network members include parents, faith-based community partners, and professionals from education, early learning, libraries, business entities, early intervention programs, family support, healthcare, human services, mental health, and government organizations.
The AOK Network has subcommittees that focus on developmental screenings, early childhood mental health and development, family engagement, network capacity and a pilot referral program.
The AOK resource guide was developed for families with young children and service providers to have resources that they could fit in their purse, pocket, or wallet.
Click Here for the resource guide.
To find out more about the local Will County AOK Network: http://www.aoknetworks.org/illinois/local-networks/will-county/
If you are interested in participating in the AOK Network or would like to request paper copies of the AOK Resource Guide, contact the AOK Coordinator, Rebecca Deang (firstname.lastname@example.org, 815-727-8864).
Developmental screenings provide parents and professionals with information on whether a child’s development is similar to children of the same age. Screenings cannot diagnose but can target areas of concern that may indicate further assessments. The screening tool used is called the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ). It is a parent completed tool that has the parent/caregiver answer questions regarding their child’s development. To find a find a screening near you visit http://swgk.org/?page_id=701
To learn more about what a developmental screening is, watch this short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBFilo4e_j8