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OTF Grant Supported a 3-year Focus on Early Child Development in Halton to Help Young Children Thrive

Halton Region – Our Kids Network (OKN) implemented a new project over the past three years that focused on building strength and resiliency in young children. The evidence-based “Early Years Initiative” was possible through a generous investment by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and included enhanced programming, parent education and information activities. Read the full news release.

New Halton Early Years Mental Health Toolkit gets us talking about mental health in the early years

Online resource introduces “8 Areas of Focus” to deepen knowledge and understanding of healthy social-emotional development in infants and young children

Halton Region, Ontario –The Halton-based Early Years Mental Health Toolkit is a new online resource for service providers who work with and support families with infants and young children. A comprehensive resource on social-emotional development in the first six years of a child's life, the toolkit was developed by the Our Kids Network (OKN) Early Years Mental Health (EYMH) Committee. Read the news release.  Read the Inside Halton story

Our Kids Network joins National Campaign focused on Every Child’s right to an Identity

November 20 is the 25th annual National Child Day

Halton Region, Ontario – Twenty-five years ago, the Canadian government proclaimed November 20 as National Child Day to commemorate two historic events: the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of the Child in 1959, and the UN adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989. Read more 

Our Kids Network Reports give Insight into Wellbeing of Halton Children and Youth

Survey asked youth about peer relationships, safety, bullying, and physical activity

Two new reports outline the results of the 2015-2016 Tell Them From Me /OurSCHOOL surveys of elementary and secondary students across Halton Region. The results show that most Halton students value what they’re learning in school, have at least one close friend, and are physically active; at the same time, some students are lacking a sense of belonging at school and many are exceeding the recommendations for daily recreational screen time.

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2015-2016 Tell Them From Me / OurSCHOOL Elementary Report
2015-2016 Tell Them From Me / OurSCHOOL Secondary Report               

Halton iparent Information Hub
One of Our Kids Network’s Many Resources for Families

Halton iparent and Information Hub provide online support and valuable information to build parenting skills.

With Family Day (Monday, February 20) approaching, Our Kids Network wants to remind parents, other caregivers, and everyone that strong families are an essential part of a healthy community. Read the news release.               

Premier Visits OKN Acton Community Hub

Premier joins discussion with Our Kids Network on community hubs
Our Kids Network was delighted to host The Hon. Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario, The Hon. Indira Nadoo-Harris, Minister Responsible for Early Years and Child Care, and Karen Pitre, Special Advisor to the Premier on Community Hubs, at the OKN Acton Hub at McKenzie Smith Bennett Public School on November 8. Read the full story.

Our Kids Network Hubs Connect Families to Local Programs, Services and Support

The OKN Community Hubs, located in Acton, Milton and Aldershot, bring people and organizations together from across Halton Region improving the lives of children, youth and families. Each Hub is located at a school, is managed by a coordinator, and makes services more accessible to neighbourhoods. They all have classroom-sized space for community programs provided by OKN members and other community partners. Learn more