Early Childhood Network (ECN)

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What is ECN?

The Early Childhood Network (ECN) of McHenry County is a community-based collaboration led by Options & Advocacy for McHenry County committed to enhancing a high-quality, well-coordinated, easily-accessible system of services and supports that promote the positive growth and development of expecting parents and families with children from birth to age five.


We work with local families and local community leaders to address local needs in our community. ECN works collaboratively to make the most of existing resources in our communities to promote the mental and physical well-being of families and young children.

What are the goals of ECN?

  • Babies are born healthy

  • children remain healthy - physically and emotionally

  • Kids enter school ready to learn

  • Families are connected to the services they need

Who participates in ECN?

The Early Childhood Network (ECN) of McHenry County is composed of parents and community members.

Participating community agencies include:

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) McHenry County

Erikson Institute

McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH)

4C: Community Coordinated Child Care

Pioneer Center

Northern Illinois Special Recreational Association (NISRA)

Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC)

Options and Advocacy for McHenry County

Prevention Initiative Programs

Child Care Centers

Early Childhood Special Education

Law Enforcement

McHenry Community Health Center

University of Illinois Extension

Can I/my organization join ECN?

Anyone who works, lives with, or is raising children 0-5 is welcome to join! Contact Christina Keach-Johnson to learn more:
815-477-4720 ext. 259

or e-mail by clicking here

Want to learn more?

Contact Christina Keach-Johnson:

815-477-4720 ext. 259

or e-mail by clicking here