Funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services, a program of the Stephenson County Health Department

Network Member Benefits

NETWORK MEMBERS

Become a Network Partner
  • Grant writing for stand-alone projects or collaborative efforts
  • Community Needs Assessment Data
  • Professional Development for community or staff
  • Marketing of programs or campaigns through service directories and advertising
  • Parent Engagement in your program and the community using Parent Cafes
  • Networking with other programs and services available to the county
  • Advocacy for your programs, or for the clientele you serve
  • Strategic planning for your program, agency, or an issue you struggle with.
The All Our Kids Network is comprised of social service providers, faith-based providers, parents, and community members at large who are interested in building a comprehensive system of care for children and families. There is no fee to become a partner, and you are able to participate at whatever level your schedule allows.

Stephenson County Network meets the second Tuesday of each month from 9:00 am – 11:00 am at the Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas, Freeport, IL 61032.

Carroll County Network meetings are held the third Friday of every month from 9:00 am – 11:00 am at the Mt. Carroll Church of God, 816 S. Clay Street, Mt. Carroll, IL 61053.

Meetings are open to anyone who wants to attend.  
It's easy!
Download this form and fax or mail to the AOK Network.  

You will receive a 1 on 1 orientation with a brief manual to get you up to speed about our work.  

Attend meetings as your schedule allows and enjoy all the benefits of being a member. 

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Every year, the Stephenson County AOK Network updates a local social service directory.  This directory contains services for people birth - death, including eligibility requirements, documents needed, and hours of operation.  Contact the AOK Network Coordinator for a copy on disc.  
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Community Agency Partners

COMMUNITY COLLABORATIONS
Amity Learning Center
Amity Learning Center of Freeport, National Association for the Education of Young Children-accredited and Illinois Department of Children and Family Services-licensed, serves children from 6 weeks to 12-years-old. College and university-trained teachers use Creative Curriculum to educate Amity Learning Center students. We are a Quality Counts - Quality Rating System - Gold Level educational institution.

Boys & Girls Club of Freeport & Stephenson County
The Club is a community based organization that provide young people with a fun, safe and constructive afterschool environment. It offers programs designed to build character and strengthen life skills. We are open to all youths ages 6-18 and have a special focus on children and teens from challenging or disadvantaged circumstances.

Child and Family Connections
Provides developmental services for children birth-to-three years old with known or suspected developmental delays. Services include evauations as needed, eligibility determination, services planning, and access to a variety of services based on need.

CONTACT takes calls from abused or addicted adults, lonely seniors, teens, and individuals threatening suicide. In addition to our help line, we provide, Reassurance CONTACT, phone calls for medication reminders, daily check ins, Teen Crisis helpline, kid phone, and information and referrals. CONTACT of Northern Illinois has been serving Stephenson County since 1981.




Faith Center Freeport
In 2009, Michael & Susie Sowell felt a call from the Holy Spirit to establish a multicultural, Word centered church in Freeport, Illinois that would operate in the full gifts of the Holy Spirit. They and other Christians with the same vision settled on the 2nd Presbyterian Church building, located at 203 W. Pleasant Street in the Piety Hill neighborhood, as a location for the church. It was for sale, but the asking price was far above the resources the FCF team currently had available. Miraculously, donors provided the exact amounts needed at each stage without knowing of the need, and the people of 2nd Presbyterian graciously lowered their price so that God’s work could continue in the location right away. When Faith Center Freeport opened on June 26th, 2010, we were completely debt free. Since then, FCF has grown rapidly and has opened Joseph’s Pantry, a supplemental food ministry serving the working poor. We’ve also been able to purchase additional properties in Freeport to aid in the restorative mission of the Gospel. The church now owns the former Glick’s Triangle building, which is being transformed into Joseph’s Training Center, an outreach providing vital ministry and skills training for those in need.

Family Ties

FHN OB UNit

FHN Family Counseling Center
Community mental health cetner providing outpatient psycho-therapy, marital and family therapy, crisis intercvention, psycho-social rehabilitation, case management, medication monitoring, and psychiatric services. Other programs include: Big Brothers Big Sisters Parent Enrichment

Freeport Dream Center
The three ministries of the Dream Center include Bridge Ministry which provides furniture and household items for families in need. Team Power Kids which is a curriculum based community "Vacation Bible School" and Adopt-A-Block which provides minor home repair and community clean up efforts in targeted neighborhoods through Freeport.

Freeport Housing Authority
446 units of low rent public housing. Apartments include units for family living, single living, and some units have handicap accessibility. Family Self-Sufficiency Program: HACF Residents enter into a contract of participation which outlines their responsibilities towards completion of training and employment objectives over a five year period or less. The contract of participation also stipulates HACF’s responsibilities towards helping residents achieve their goals. For each participating family that is a recipient of welfare assistance, the HACF must establish an interim goal that the family become independent from welfare assistance and remain independent from welfare assistance at least one year prior to the expiration of the contract. During the period of participation, residents may earn an escrow credit, based on increased earned income, which they may use in a variety of ways upon successful graduation from the program. Workforce Development Institute: Road to Success Program HACF will combine current class offerings with classes focused on soft skills and additional specialized trainings to create the new Workforce Development Institute [WDI]. The WDI has a purpose to help identify Freeport as a “workforce ready community” and promote self-sufficiency. WDI is open to the public and looks to serve the unemployed through soft skills and specialized trainings and referred employees by local employers to improve employee performance. All participants will take the Work Keys Assessment and goals will be established for progress to be evaluated during the WDI program. Successful completers of the proposed 72-hour Workforce Development Institute will earn a Certificate of Workforce Readiness that will also be recognized by local employers in addition to the Work Keys Certificate.

Freeport Pregnancy Center
Offering free and confidential services, there are trained client educators at the Freeport Pregnancy Center here to listen to your concerns and questions about pregnancy, abortion, STDs, and related issues.

Freeport School District #145
Five elementary neighborhood schools and one Magnet School serving children grades K-4. Mission is to prepare every student for the work of tomorrow through excellence in education.

Highland Community College Early Childhood Education
This program is designed to provide early childhood education professionals with the knowledge to care and educate children in child care centers, family child care, school-age programs, and preschools. There are two certificate programs and two degree programs with one of the degrees considered a transferable degree. The transferable degree prepares students to further their education and transfer to 4-year institutions. The Highland ECE program is approved as an entitled institution through Gateways to Opportunity. When students take the prescribed courses, they are eligible to receive Gateways credentials which promote access to varied career opportunities within the field.

Illinois Department of Human Services
Offers cash, medical and food stamp assistance to those who qualify. The Illinois Department of Human Services is the grant funder of the All Our Kids Early Childhood Network. -DHS Help Line: 1-800-843-6154(voice) 1-800-447-6404(tty)

Local Interagency Council
A parent-led support group for parents of children with special needs serving Stephenson, Jodaviess and Carroll counties.

NICAA Head Start
HEAD START is a federally funded preschool program for 3 to 5 year old children and their families. The Head Start Program services families. The Head Start Program serves families in Stephenson and Jo Daviess County. HEAD START has classrooms located in Freeport and East Dubuque and serves 190 children. HEAD START is pleased to be able to be able to offer 6 hour a day classes, Monday through Thursday. This is designed for parents that are working or going to school. The remainder of the classes are 3 1/2 hour classes - Monday through Thursday, with morning and afternoon sessions. HEAD START is committed to working with families to build knowledge, skills and services, so familits can advocate for their needs beyond the HEAD START Program - in schools, in health systems, in the social service systems, and in the community.

New Horizon's Counseling Center
New Horizons Counseling provides quality counseling services, regardless of ability to pay, in a safe and welcoming environment.

Open Bible Learning Center
Open Bible Learning Center is a not-for-profit, licensed, year round child care center caring for children ages 2 thru 5 (PreK). All childcare classes include preschool education at no extra cost. We also have a part-time preschool program for ages 2 1/2 thru 5 and an elementary school for grades K-6. Our public school latchkey program is for students enrolled in the Freeport Public School District grades K-4 and includes before school care, after school, and off school days. Our summer program is for public school children grades K-4 enrolled in any school.

PASS Preschool Program
A preschool program for 3-5 year old children and their parents. The program is avialable in the Freeport, Pearl City, Dakota and Orangeville school districts as well as the classroom site at Amity Learning Center. PASS offers classroom-based instruction at no charge.

RAMP Regional Access and Mobilization Project
RAMP is a non-residential center for independent living. It is managed and controlled by persons with disabilities, provides caring services to people with varying disabilities, their families and friends, and the community.

Safe Families by Lydia Home
Safe Families is a network of families who are passionate about helping and caring for at-risk children and their parents. These volunteers open their homes and take in children whose families are experiencing an emergency or crisis. Designed to extend and strengthen the community safety net for at-risk families, Safe Families is a postive alternative to the state child welfare system.

Salvation Army

Stephenson County Health Department
Building community health throughout Stephenson County and Northwest Illinois by: Preventing disease and injury; Promoting healthy lifestyles; Assuring environmental quality; Encouraging individual and family self-sufficiency; and Providing Public Health Emergency Response. Family Health Services Division includes the following programs: All Our Kids (AOK); Familiy Case Management (FCM); Healthy Families Illinois (HFI); Women, Infants and Children (WIC); Hi-Risk Infant Nurse Follow-Up (APORS); Doula Services; Childhood Lead Poisoning; Healthworks (HWIL--DCFS Medical Case Management) and Medicaid Presumptive Eligibility (MPE) services.

The Workforce Connection
The Workforce Connection is a partnership of state and federally funded employment and training programs, economic development agencies and educational entities committed to providing a workforce that meets the needs of our business community; now and in the future. Providing one contact for employers to find workers and for job-seekers to receive training, education and employment services.....

Tyler's Justice Center
Tyler's Justice Center for Children is dedicated to lessen the child victim's trauma by providing a sensitive, collaborative response to the investigation, prosecution and treatment of child sexual abuse and serious physical abuse cases.

UIC Specialized Care for Children
Providing care coordination for families and children with special health care needs.

United Presbyterian Church
At United Presbyterian Church, we gather weekly to share together with each other and with God. We praise God through inspirational music and singing; we listen to God's word read and proclaimed to us; we share together our joys and our concerns, our blessings and our sadness and together we bring these and each other before God in prayer; we bring to God our gifts of self and goods, giving as we are able; and we go out to work together in the world, proclaiming God to those around us through our words, our actions and our lives.

United Way of Northwest Illinois
The United Way of Northwest Illinois is a leader in providing human and financial resources in response to identified needs to improve the quality of life in Stephenson and Jo Daviess Counties. United Way’s community impact initiative centers around kindergarten readiness as we realize the important role early childhood education plays in the vitality of our community.

University of Illinois Extension
The University of Illinois Extension is the flagship outreach effort of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, offering educational programs to Illinois Residents. Through learning partnerships that put knowledge to work, U of I Extension’s programs are aimed at making life better, healthier, safer and more profitable for individuals and their communities. U of I Extension offers educational programs in five broad areas: Healthy Society, Food Security & safety, Environmental Stewardship, Sustainable and profitable food production and marketing systems, and Enhancing youth, family and community well-being.

Voices Domestic Violence Program
VOICES of Stephenson County is a not-for-profit, inclusive organization. Services are offered in a handicap accessible facility, and available in English, and in a variety of languages using the Language Access line including speech/hearing facilitation. The organization welcomes all victims and survivors (and significant others) of domestic and sexual abuse regardless of income, age, race, creed, sex ethnicity, color, national origin, country of origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity , citizenship status, limited English proficiency, spoken language, disability, literacy or religion.

YMCA Children's Center
Serving children ages 6 weeks to 10 years. Our program strives to nurture and encourage the natural curiosity and creativeness of your children. The curriculum is based on the values of the YMCA and the Illinois Early Learning Standards. Our goal is to promote the overall development of children by helping them acquire the proper skills and attitudes to succeed in their education.

YWCA Child Care Solutions
Provides child care referrals and consumer education to families, assists low-income families paying for childcare by determining eligibility for state subsidized childcare, and recruits and trains new child care providers.