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Helping Families Receive the Best Start in Life.  Check In  AOK History  AOK Communities  Conceptual Framework  Advancing Collaborative Leadership.

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1 Helping Families Receive the Best Start in Life

2  Check In  AOK History  AOK Communities  Conceptual Framework  Advancing Collaborative Leadership  Roadmap  Examples of collaborative activities


4  Neurons to Neighborhoods: Child outcomes can be improved through carefully planned prevention & intervention strategies  State and Local Connections  Creation of the All Our Kids (AOK) Early Childhood Networks

5  Adams County  Carroll County  Kane County  McHenry County  McLean County  Rock Island County  Southeast Chicago  St. Clair County  Stephenson County  Tazewell County  Town of Cicero  Wabash & Edwards County  Will County

6 Parents

7 The All Our Kids Early Childhood Network is a community-based collaboration committed to enhancing a high-quality, well- coordinated, easily-accessible System of Services and Supports that promotes the positive growth and development of expecting parents and families with children birth to 5. Big Ideas: Focus is on strengthening the System of Services and Supports for families with young children Collaborative effort to address system issues that are beyond the scope of individual agencies Goal is to create greater collective impact regarding child and family outcomes by improving the system

8 Community Engagement Network Collaboration and Capacity Family Support Service Delivery System Building System of Services & Support Big Ideas: 3 sets of principles Principles guide how we carry out our work as a Network, in service delivery, and as we enhance the System of Services and Supports Principles help us create greater coherence in our collective work in all three areas

9 Health Mental Health Early Learning Social Services Family Support Faith Based Big Ideas: Network consists of diverse stakeholders who care about families with young children Capacity refers to our ability to collaborate, share responsibility, and be adaptive and self-renewing regardless of changes in policy, funding, programming, etc. Network capacity influences our ability to impact the System of Services and Supports and child and family outcomes Parents Caregiver

10 Early Identification Public Information & Education Information & Referral Coordination of Care Service Needs & Utilization Workforce Staffing & Development Policy Access Quality Equity Capacity Satisfaction System Impacts Systems Building Strategies Big Ideas: Networks strengthen the System of Services and Supports through 7 System- Building Strategies Strategies can be addressed directly or as strategies for addressing local child and family priorities Improving the System through these strategies results in System Impacts, which in turn lead to better outcomes for children and families

11  Identification of all expecting parents and children birth to five  Early identification of developmental delays or other issues The earlier problems are identified, the better the potential outcomes for children.

12  Importance of the early years of development  Build awareness and deepen understanding  Community specific priority issues  Topic Specific Campaigns

13  A systematic process for making available services known to both families and providers  A process for directing families to other services  Strategies to identify, update, track, and disseminate information about available services and supports  Referral and follow-up procedures

14  Central functions of a high quality System of Services and Supports  Avoiding duplication of services  Supporting families in coordinating their own care  Service providers (across sub-systems and agencies) establish systematic processes

15  Process of tracking the use of current services  Collaborating to assure there are adequate services to meet the need  Monitor the health status of families and their young children

16  Process of assuring an adequate and high- quality workforce  Assurance of a high-quality workforce that is culturally-competent  Adheres to family support principles  Skillfully collaborates with other resources

17  Awareness of current policies that influence their efforts to improve the System of Services and Supports  Identify policy issues that interfere with ability to positively impact the service delivery system  Collaborative recommendations for specific early childhood policy enhancements and or changes for use system-wide

18 Babies are born healthy Children maintain physical and emotional health and well being Children enter school ready to learn Parents are connected to the services they need Parents are Leaders Big Ideas: Ultimately, AOK Networks seek to improve child and family outcomes Additional services are not enough Strengthening the System of Services and Supports together can lead to greater collective impact in these areas and more

19 Parent

20  Systems improvement at the community level is based on relationships: heart of AOK network  Conversation is the Relationship  Meaningful Conversations Lead to Wise Action

21 Phase One Mobilize & Build Network Capacity Phase Two Assess the Community & Develop the Strategic Plan Phase Three Implement Plan & Measure Progress  Develop relationships through community conversations  Convene the network  Facilitate a shared understanding of vision and goals  Create an environment that fosters collaboration and learning using AOH approaches  Develop collaborative leadership within the Network Membership  Foster community capacity for systems alignment and integration.  Identify / define target population  Annually examine the health status and development of all 0-5 children  Identify available services  Analyze & synthesize the information gathered  Share assessment findings with the community and state  Identify community strengths and challenges  Develop a strategic plan that describes how local priority/issues will be addressed and progress measured  Utilize community commitment to enhance the local early childhood service system  Address community priorities through service system building initiatives  Track progress using quarterly reporting mechanisms  Document & celebrate accomplishments  Share progress & accomplishments with community & state to sustain efforts


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