ERIC Number: ED466310
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-May
Reference Count: N/A
Maximizing Resources: Helping Families Receive the Best Start in Life. A Progress Report.
Ounce of Prevention Fund.; Illinois State Dept. of Human Services, Springfield.
Noting that prevention is the key to healthy development of the youngest children in Illinois, the Birth to Three Project is working to develop a comprehensive, coordinated system of services for expecting families and children under 3 years of age. This progress report details the first year implementation of the All Our Kids (AOK): Birth to Three Networks program in 10 Illinois communities. Local public health departments serve as the home for the AOK network in each community. Through the networks, participants identify barriers and gaps in services and share that information with the state-level Birth to Three Project, creating a two-way communication mechanism between communities and state-level stakeholders. Data were collected for this report through interviews with a variety of individuals involved in the networks during the first year of operation. The report details accomplishments related to each of the project's five goals: (1) fostering broad-based community support; (2) informing families about what is available; (3) making sure services are available; (4) making it easier for families to use services; and (5) ensuring that families have a say. The report notes that as the networks develop, new partners are being brought into the discussion, including employers, the faith community, and law enforcement. Many of the networks disseminated resource information about early childhood services to families and providers through printed resource materials, media presentations, and community events. Networks are identifying local service needs and increasing the number of developmental screenings conducted. Efforts have also been made to coordinate care and reduce service duplication, to ease transitions for families, to ensure appropriate referrals, and to offer cross-agency trainings. Family members are actively involved in the planning, delivery, and evaluation of services. (KB)
Descriptors: Delivery Systems, Family Programs, Infants, Objectives, Pilot Projects, Prevention, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, State Programs, Toddlers
Ounce of Prevention Fund, 122 South Michigan Avenue, Suite 2050, Chicago, IL 60603. Tel: 312-922-3863; Fax: 312-922-3337; Web site: http://www.ounceofprevention.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, NJ.
Authoring Institution: Ounce of Prevention Fund.; Illinois State Dept. of Human Services, Springfield.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois