5341 W. Cermak Road
The Children's Center of Cicero-Berwyn
Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.
Cicero is an incorporated town in Cook County’s Southwest suburbs that transcends its borders into Chicago’s “Little Village/ La Villita” community. We are a community of 83,891 people and over 10 % (9794) of its population is comprised of children under the age of five. While we may be La Villita’s little sister, our rapidly growing population and statewide noted community efforts keep us from being any lesser known.
Cicero’s All Our Kids Early Childhood Network has been facilitating collaboration among community providers to better serve young children and their families for over ten years.
In 2012, AOK combined its efforts with the Early Childhood Committee of the Cicero Youth Task Force, now known as the Cicero Community Collaborative to ensure a more efficient and relational means of communication among early childhood providers, which consequently, results in a more competent system of supports for our families. The All Our Kids (AOK) Network/Early Childhood Committee (AOK/ECC Collaboration) is a community-based collaboration promoting healthy pregnancies and the positive growth and development of all children birth to five and their parents/caregivers. The overall goal of this collaboration is to respond to the diverse needs of Cicero children and families and to provide an opportunity for collaboration and partnership at the National, State, and community levels to support the state’s vision of every child entering kindergarten safe, healthy ready to succeed and eager to learn.
- AOK Networks are community-based collaborations that consist of people who share a common interest in helping families with young children get the best start in life
- AOK Network partners work together to connect and coordinate services as they address current child and family priorities.
- Current child and family priorities are identified through a community assessment that is conducted every 5 years that the AOK Coordinated leads partners through.
- A strategic plan is created through collaboration to address the needs that arise through the community assessment.