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Comprehensive System of Learning Supports

Equal attention to Learning Supports is essential so that:
  • Every student will demonstrate academic achievement and be prepared for success after high school;
  • Every student will be supported by highly prepared and effective teachers and school leaders; and
  • Every school will offer a safe and healthy learning environment for all students.

Local Area Network (LAN)


Local Area Networks (LANs) are voluntary, inclusive and community based bodies covering the State of Illinois with the express purpose of improving the welfare of children and families. Membership on the LAN reflects a balance of formal systems that operate in a community along with parents and other community stakeholders.

What do LANs do?

Local Area Networks are responsible for developing a community based System of Care for children and adolescents from their local geographic area.

What is a System of Care? PDF format


How do LANs operate?

Each of the 62 LANs throughout the State of Illinois can determine their own structures and governance procedures. Membership does vary among communities, but reflects the makeup of the overall area. Co-Conveners are responsible for chairing and facilitating LAN meetings. One key task of LANs has been to assume responsibility and oversight of implementing wraparound in the local community. This is usually done through a Screening or Gatekeeping Committee, which manages flexible funds for all children, and oversees wraparound for children and youth in DCFS and in the community.

What is wraparound?


Which children are eligible for wraparound?

Any child can have a child & family team and be a part of the wraparound process. However, only children ages 3-21 are eligible to access the “flexible” funds put forth by the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services. Children needing access to flexible funds should be at risk of or experiencing, behavioral or academic issues affecting their educational success or should be at risk of, or experiencing truancy, suspension, and expulsion. Parents/guardians must be willing to participate as part of a child & family team.

What are flexible funds & what can they be used for?

Flexible funds are money that each LAN receives from the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services. These funds can be used to provide non-traditional services and other supports once all other funding sources have been explored and exhausted.

LAN End of Year Program Report due to ISBE by November 1 of each year
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LAN Contacts List
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LAN Conference Presentations
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LAN Regional Meetings Minutes and Handouts:
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