AOK is a community-based collaboration 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. There are currently twelve AOK Networks across the state of Illinois. The McHenry County All Our Kids (AOK) Early Childhood Network is the thirteenth AOK network that works with local families and local community leaders to address local needs in our community. There are already many groups and programs that are working for families in McHenry County. The AOK Network brings together the leaders of these groups and others throughout the county to reduce redundancies and increase the impact for families. Our network is a comprehensive group that 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.

Our AOK Network goals are to ensure that:

  • Babies are born healthy
  • Children remain healthy- physically and emotionally
  • Kids enter school ready to learn
  • Families are connected to the services they need

If you are interested in learning more about the McHenry County AOK Network, contact Michele Rogers at 815-477-4720, ext. 232 or email her at michele.rogers@opad.org

View our AOK Brochure (English)
AOK Brochure (Spanish)

Our Story

  • Early 2012, Illinois Action for Children, 4-C: Community Coordinated Child Care, and a local consultant, with the support of a Building Blocks grant through the Grand Victoria Foundation, conducted a countywide Needs Assessment bringing together individuals from the social service, business, education, child care and medical sectors.
  • The need for a community-wide developmental screening program was identified and Options & Advocacy became the lead agency in moving this process forward.
  • The Local Interagency Council (LIC) through Options & Advocacy was utilized to begin this work. Through further investigation, we reviewed the All Our Kids (AOK) Network framework and saw that their goals fell in line with what we envisioned for McHenry County
  •  January 2013 Local Interagency Council (LIC) and AOK merge into one cohesive collaborative
  • McHenry County Developmental Screening Program established

Our Impact

  • McHenry County Developmental Screening Program
    • Comprehensive training and public awareness activities.
      • Increase early identification of developmental delays
      • Ensure greater access for children to receive regular “learning checkups,” as well as referrals for follow-up, if needed
    • Universal Developmental Screening Tool identified –
      The Ages and Stages Questionnaire: 3rd Edition (ASQ-3)

      • Increase awareness of child care provider role in screening for developmental delays and subsequently referring families for services
      • 2 diverse sites in county piloted the ASQ-3
      • Grant money secured 24 ASQ-3 kits (22 English, 2 Spanish)
      • 16 different child care centers/preschools and 6 family child care providers were awarded these kits
      • Training and support were provided to all of these sites as well as additional sites who purchased their own kits
    • Continued expansion of screenings available throughout the community at child care centers, therapy centers, health fairs and libraries.
    • Sharing of educational information about early childhood development and the importance of developmental screenings within the community.
    • Social-Emotional Screening – The Ages and Stages Questionnaire: SocialEmotional (ASQ:SE-2)
      • Fall 2016 grant received through the McHenry County
        Community Foundation to purchase 11 ASQ:SE kits
      • Expand to early identification of social-emotional needs and
        subsequent referrals for families
      • Kits awarded to child care centers, many are using the ASQ-3 as well, along with training on how to administer
  • Shared Referral Form
    • Spring 2016 community needs assessment
    • Families unable to access services in the community
    • Community partners often unaware of services and how to refer families
    • Shared Referral Form developed to streamline the referral process and make it easier for families to access services.
    • Continued addition of community organizations to the form
    • Families have benefited from accessing the services in our community.

View our Shared Referral Form (English)
Shared Referral Form (Spanish)

  • Summer 2019 Needs Assessment Survey of Families and Providers

Making a Difference

Research shows that identifying developmental delays early in life increases opportunities for early intervention. Children who receive necessary supports early in life increase their ability to be better prepared for school. Our goal is to ensure children are ready to learn when entering kindergarten and that families have greater accesses to the services in our community. We continue to work together with our community partners to discover ways that we can help families and young children in our community. We hope that you will join us.