Conceptual Framework of AOK
AOK Networks are community-based collaborations that consist 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 families’ satisfaction with services and the system by enhancing service access, equity, capacity, and quality. As a result of working together to enhance the system and address local child and family priority issues, Network Partners generate even greater outcomes for young children and their families.
To carry out their mission, AOK Networks must (1) strengthen their capacity as a Network, (2)enhance service delivery, and (3) improve the system of services and supports that meets the needs of, and improves outcomes for, expecting parents as well as children birth to 5 and their families. AOK Networks work with 3 sets of principles to guide practice and behavior in each of these areas.