While service providers are working harder than ever to meet the needs of young children and their parents/caregivers, some children and families are not achieving important health and wellness outcomes. What is needed is a more coordinated and aligned approach to working together to meet the needs of families with young children. That is why AOK Networks focus on improving the service delivery system.
AOK Network members work together across service sectors (e.g., physical health, mental health, early learning, parent supports) to create even greater outcomes for very young children. Working together as a system, AOK Network members are able to take on local priority issues more fully. And by pooling their resources and expertise, they execute more holistic, comprehensive, and coordinated strategies that can result in greater outcomes for young children.
AOK Networks can also work on system issues that are beyond the scope of any one agency or small group of organizations. For example, some AOK Networks improve families’ access to services through enhanced information and referral processes that connect separate service systems. Information and referral is one of AOK Networks’ system building components.
All Our Kids Early Childhood Networks are community-based collaborations that promote healthy pregnancies and the positive growth and development of all children birth to five and their parents/caregivers by assuring a well-coordinated, easily-accessible, equitable and just system of services and supports that engages parents as partners in making the system work for them.