Child & Family Connections Links
The following links may be helpful to you as you navigate through the Early Intervention process.
All Our Kids (AOK) Network) www.mchenrycountyaok.org
The AOK Network is a community-based collaboration that is committed to assuring a high-quality, well-coordinated, easily-accessible system of care that will promote positive growth and development for children birth to age five and their families.
Early Intervention Clearinghouse www.eiclearinghouse.org
This is a library system for parents, EI professionals and educators. Located in Champaign, Illinois, items can be checked out from the Clearinghouse free of charge. They mail the items to you, and many times you can return the items to your local library instead of mailing items back. They have books, periodicals, magazines, videos, and training materials on various delays and disabilities.
Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC) www.uic.edu/hsc/dscc
Illinois Title V agency that provides care coordination for families and children with special health care needs. DSCC, governed by Administrative Rules, helps children with disabilities, and those who have conditions which may lead to disabilities, grow and develop to the full extent of their abilities.
Exceptional Parent www.eparent.com
Exceptional Parent Magazine and website have articles and information relevant for any parent or guardian of a child with special needs.
State of Illinois, Department of Human Services, Early Intervention www.dhs.state.il.us/ei
Website for Illinois Early Intervention program. Contains information about upcoming council meetings, changes in legislation, how to reach local offices,etc.
DHS All Kids www.allkids.com
Illinois’ Insurance program for qualifying families.
Gigi’s Playhouse www.gigisplayhouse.com
GiGi’s Playhouses are Down syndrome awareness and educational centers that provide resources, specialized teaching, and support to individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the community.
MUMS is a national Parent-to-Parent organization for parents or care providers of a child with any disability, rare or not so rare disorder, chromosomal abnormality or health condition.
MUMS’ main purpose is to provide support to parents in the form of a networking system that matches them with other parents whose children have the same or similar condition.
National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities www.nichcy.org
NICHCY serves the nation as a central source of information on disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth. You’ll also find easy-to-read information on IDEA, the law authorizing early intervention services and special education.
StarNet Region II www.thecenterweb.org
Illinois STAR NET is a Support and Technical Assistance Regional NETwork. We provide training, assistance on request, and resources to parents of young children with special needs and professionals in the early childhood community. Region II serves parents and professionals in North and West Suburban Cook, Du Page, Kane, Lake, and McHenry counties.
Zero to Threewww.zerotothree.org
ZERO TO THREE is a national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers. They have a wide array of information on child development at this website.
Voices for Illinois Children www.voices4kids.org