The Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development (OECD) facilitates cross-agency collaboration to advance a cohesive approach to early learning. Community partnerships play an important role in this effort, too.
Community Systems Development (CSD) Subcommittee
Originally known as the Community Systems Development Work Group of the Infant Toddler Committee of the Early Learning Council (ELC), the Community Systems Development Subcommittee is now a Subcommittee of the Early Learning Council’s Systems Integration and Alignment Committee. The Subcommittee’s charge: support local community partnerships in serving young children and their families across the state by helping partnerships improve coordination across early childhood programs and services at the local level. To receive updates on the Subcommittee’s work, contact Ebony Hoskin (firstname.lastname@example.org) at OECD.
Resources developed by the Subcommittee include:
Illinois Community Systems Development Initiatives
AOK Networks are community-based collaborations of people who share a common interest in helping families with young children get the best start in life. Knowing that individual program efforts are not enough, AOK Network partners work together to connect and coordinate services as they address current child and family priorities. AOK Networks use system-building strategies to improve service access, equity, capacity, and quality as well as families’ satisfaction. By working together, Network partners generate even greater outcomes for young children and their families. For more information, please visit our website at www.aoknetworks.org.
Through the formation of the Consortium for Community Systems Development (CCSD), Illinois is working towards a more cohesive approach for the development and support of early childhood collaborations at the local and regional levels. Illinois Action for Children leads efforts to strengthen and systematize local collaborations across the state, focusing on three areas: strategic planning; training and technical assistance, and; creating a sustainable support system. For more information, visit: www.partnerplanact.org
Through innovative strategies, Illinois Project LAUNCH promotes mental health wellness for the pregnant women and parenting families in the Greater Westside of Chicago, to help influence state level policies and programs.
Innovation Zones (Race To The Top – Early Learning Challenge)
Through collaborative networks of local providers, MIECHV offers coordinated support services and evidence-based home visiting to prenatal families and families with young children to improve health, developmental, and educational outcomes as well as family resiliency, in high need communities.
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