The AOK Network is a community-based collaboration that is committed to developing a high-quality, well-coordinated, easily-accessible system of care that will promote positive growth and development for children 0-5 and their families.
The overall goal of the AOK Network is to ensure that all children five and under and their families have the opportunity to receive the services they need. Some examples of services provided by our network partners are prenatal care, well-baby checkups, parenting education and specialized services, such as speech therapy, physical therapy or home visits.
Our network is a dedicated core of partners and parents working toward the common goal of creating an environment of positive outcomes for children ages birth to five. The network focuses its efforts on developing effective and accessible parent education and training opportunities, increasing the identification of children with developmental delays through screening and timely referral, and creating the foundation for an equipped and responsive system of care for children with social and emotional issues.
The Will County AOK Network has five systems goals that are focused on.
Goal 1: The community has a coordinated and collaborative Early Childhood Services.
Goal 2: Families have access to needed and appropriate Early Childhood Services that are responsive to the community.
Goal 3: The Early Childhood System is comprised of a skilled, competent workforce.
Goal 4: Early Childhood Services are family focused, culturally competent, and strength based.
Goal 5: Parents/Caregivers are leaders in their families, the Early Childhood System and their communities.
This service is provided free of charge.
The AOK Network partners are various agencies that serve Will County, therefore the locations may vary based on services. The Network meets monthly on the first Wednesday of every month. Meetings begin promptly at 9:30 A.M. and are currently being held at the Will County Health Department located at 501 Ella Ave. in Joliet. Anyone is welcome to attend the monthly meetings.
Rebecca Deang, AOK Network Coordinator