The AOK Networks project is a collaborative effort of the:
Division of Family and Community Services
Health departments and other lead agencies
Illinois Department of Human Services
Illinois State Board of Education
Local stakeholders who care about the health and well-being of very young children and their parents/caregivers
It is the most comprehensive, long-standing, community-based systems development initiative in the State of Illinois.
The primary focus of the fourteen AOK Networks is to promote healthy pregnancies and the positive growth and development of all children birth to five and their parents/caregivers. AOK Network partners are working on cross-sector initiatives so that more babies are born healthy, more children remain healthy, more children enter school ready to learn, and more parents/caregivers are leaders in their families and the community.
AOK Networks improve outcomes like these by creating a more connected and coordinated system of services and supports as they address local child and family priority issues. Through AOK Networks across the state, service providers, parents and community members are working together to create the future they want for their children. The AOK Network is funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services. For additional information, please call Julie Herzog, AOK Coordinator at 309-929-0266.