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AOKThe All Our Kids (AOK) Early Childhood Network is a coalition of local agencies and maternal –child services that ensure that all families with children under the age of five years receive needed services from pre-natal care to well-baby checkups, parenting education to specialized services. Nearly 35 agencies work together to implement a strategic plan to make this happen for all families with children.

Our Vision: The Kane County AOK Network envision a Network that improves outcomes for children and families by continuously enhancing our competence to focus on local priorities and local system-building through proactive and responsive collaboration.  
Resources:
Local & State Services
Building Blocks
Parent Ed Information Pages
Stall Street Journals
Info for Kids (& Parents)
Text4Baby
Kane County
AOK Network FY13 Accomplishments:
Network Capacity:
• Implementation of the Memorandum of
   Understanding (MOU) form and Agency Profile
   Form
• 21 AOK Network Members signed MOU’s and
   completed Agency profile forms
• Developed Levels of AOK Membership &
  Engagement
  (i.e. Communication and Core Network member)
• Provided a Workforce Development Opportunities
  on the following:

° Collaborative Leadership
° Service Provider Database (SPD)
° KIDS (Kindergarten Individual Development
   Survey) Tool
° Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation
   Project

Developmental Screening:
• 3,330 Developmental Screenings were reported to
  the Local Interagency Council (LIC) Coordinator
  from various providers in Kane County.
• Developed a Developmental Screening tracking
  form to track all providers that report screenings
  to the LIC coordinator on a monthly basis. 
Kindergarten Readiness:
• Implemented 3 Learning Collaborative County wide
  Forums among key community groups and school
  districts to exchange best practices for their
  efforts surrounding kindergarten readiness.
• Conducted a Survey Monkey past participants
  about the effectiveness of the Early Childhood
  forums.  8 out of 10 reported that it the forums
  were very informative.
• Collaborated with SPARK to facilitate “Kindergarten
  Readiness Parent Conversations” in Aurora. • Collaborated with EPEL to support Kindergarten
  Readiness in Elgin at the Mayor’s Summit. 
Home Visitation:
 • Provided five opportunities for Parent Cafés, COFI
   leadership training and Parent Café Hosting
   Training.
• Developed an Elgin Parent Empowerment Group
  (EPEG) to share their stories about how parent
  café and/or COFI training has impacted their lives.
Mental Health & Wellness:
• AOK Network members displayed their support for
  Children’s Mental Health Awareness month by
  wearing green and signing the “we support
  National Children’s Mental Health Awareness”
  banner.
  Pictures of the event and children’s mental health
  resources were posted on the website.
• Distributed information about adding and editing
  mental health resources in the Kane County
  Community Resource Guide.
Childhood Obesity:
• Identified 10 Child Care Centers throughout
  northern, central, and southern Kane County to
  adopt childhood obesity guidelines from Making
  Kane County Fit for Kids as an evidence based
  model.
• Conducted a pre-evaluation of the Child Care
  Centers to assess a baseline for their nutritional
  environment using the Nutritional Environmental
  Audit Tool for Child Care Settings.
• Provided opportunities for Network Members to
  receive mini grants to address childhood obesity.
  1 Network member was a receipt of the grant for
  the Aurora Early Learning Center.
Infant Mortality:
• A total of 16 educational events and campaigns
 (10 completed events in Elgin with 6 completed
  educational events and campaigns in Aurora with 7
  more events remaining in the year) through the
  Circle of Wise Women Initiative. Educational
  events and educational campaigns that are
  presented by State organizations such as SIDS.
  These include the following topics that reduce
  infant mortality:

o   Prematurity
o   Preconception health
o   Safe sleep
o   Infant safety
o   Preterm labor

• Created a new innovative community outreach
  project that involve the participation of hair salons
  and barber shops as partner with the Circle of
  Wise Women initiative.
• 6 Hair Salons and Barber shops are committed to
  the initiative.
• Created pre and post evaluation forms to measure
  positive perception, awareness, and attitude
  before and after an event.
• Conduct SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses,
  Opportunities, and Threats) post events to
  improve the quality and effectiveness of
  community events.
Toddler Girl
 
The AOK: Early Childhood Networks
meets the last Thursday of each month (except as noted)
from 9 - 11 AM:
 
Video conferenced between
these two locations:
Aurora - 1240 N. Highland Ave.
Elgin - 1750 Grandstand Place
Meeting Dates:
9:00 AM- 11:00 AM
Kane County Government Center
Building A Ground Floor Auditorium
719 S. Batavia Ave., Geneva, IL. 60134
2014:
1/30; 2/27; 3/27; 4/24; 5/29;
6/26; 7/31; 8/28; 9/25; 10/30; 12/11
Contact Info:
Michelle Turner, MPH
Community Health Initiative Coordinator Kane County Health Department|630/232-5829
 
AOK Early Childhood Networks Website
 
Toddler
● Assesses the needs of very young children (younger than five years) and their families
● Links the children and their families to appropriate services
● Assists service providers in working together to close the gaps in services
● Informs others in the community about the needs of very young children and their families
● Explores the training needs of people who work with very young children and their families
● Evaluates the "systems" of services to find out if families have difficulties using the services and if these services meet the needs of young children and their families
● Provides leadership for policy development to assure the health of very young children and their families.
 
Network membership of the Kane County AOK: Early Childhood Networks includes representatives from agencies, organizations, and individuals throughout Kane County.

We continue to seek support from other providers, parents and community members and invite you to our meetings.
Child Safety Seat Check Service
September 20, 2014
10a - 1p: Rush-Copley Medical Center (Waubonsee Parking Lot) 2000 Ogden Ave., Aurora
Contact Robert Brasky 847-531-0096, Instructor available

September 20, 2014  
3p - 6p: Rush-Copley Healthcare Center, 1100 West Veterans Parkway, Yorkville
Contact Robert Brasky 847-531-0096, Instructor available
 
National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day is a key strategy of the Caring for Every Child’s Mental Health Campaign, which is part of the Public Awareness and Support Strategic Initiative by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.  In 2013, Awareness Day is Thursday, May 9. The effort seeks to raise awareness about the importance of children’s mental health and that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development from birth.
Learn more about the National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day HERE
Aurora Children's Mental Health Day
National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day is celebrated by  AOK Partners
Aurora, above           Elgin, below
Elgin Children's Mental Health Day
 
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