OKN’s Indigenous Reconciliation initiative considers Truth and Reconciliation as two distinct entities, as illustrated above. Learn more about this graphic in our Indigenous Reconciliation Strategy.

Children spend a great deal of their first 8 years learning in schools, thus, how schools connect to their community is important. Progress in this area will show good connections between schools, parents, community resources and the local neighbourhood.

  • Parental involvement in schools
  • Youth as resources
  • Volunteerism
  • Community use of schools
Children thrive in neighbourhoods that are safe and connected. Neighbourhoods that can meet all of our needs are valued.

  • Neighbourhood safety
  • Neighbourhood cohesion
  • Walkability
  • Caring for the community
Safe environments benefit children by providing a sense of personal security that allows them to take maximum advantage of learning, playing and making new friendships.

  • Child care capacity
  • Quality child care
  • Parenting capacity
  • Parental monitoring
  • Quality time at home with family
Safe environments benefit children by providing a sense of personal security that allows them to take maximum advantage of learning, playing and making new friendships.

  • Serious injury
  • At-risk behaviours
  • Safety from harm
All children need positive connections to their parents/caregivers, peers, school and community.

  • Supportive and caring environments
  • Boundaries and expectations
  • Commitment to learning
  • Positive values
  • Social competencies

Learning is one of the cornerstones for success in life and starts at birth. Community progress for this result will show that children are learning both in their preschool and school years.

  • Preschool learning opportunities
  • Student achievement (EQAO)
  • Healthy body weight
  • School engagement

Good health is a prerequisite for positive outcomes for children and youth. Both physical and emotional health are valued in this result. In addition, given the critical brain development that takes place in the first 12 months of life, infant health is closely monitored.

  • At-risk births
  • Healthy eating
  • Healthy body weight
  • Physical activity
  • Mental health

Did you see our Collective Impact Report 2023/24 snapshot video?

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What do Halton youth think about access to recreation?

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OKN Collective Impact Report 2023/24 is out!

Download the report and review our accomplishments for this year.

OKN releases results of 2023 Kindergarten Parent Survey

Survey results shed light on the wellbeing and needs of Halton kindergarten children and their families.

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Hello Halton Kindergarten Parent Survey, we’ve missed you!

By: Lisa Collimore, Chief Officer of Research and Development Services, Halton Catholic District School Board We know that students need safe, inclusive, and welcoming schools to achieve academic success and to cultivate well-being. And we know that the early years,...

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By Heather Granger, Recreation Coordinator, Town of Milton Starting out in my career as a Recreation Therapist in Children's Rehabilitation, my role involved connecting youth with disabilities to community recreation opportunities. This typically entailed a...

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Our Kids Network releases 2023-2024 Collective Impact Report

Another year of research, information sharing, and collaboration to help Halton children and youth thrive Our Kids Network (OKN) has released its 2023-2024 Collective Impact Report, highlighting how people and organizations across Halton are collaborating to meet the...
Indigenous Reconciliation

Our Kids Network is situated on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, and the Huron-Wendat; now home to many First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. We acknowledge the current treaty holders, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. We also recognize the lasting presence and deep traditional knowledge and viewpoints of the Indigenous people with whom we share this land.

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