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Our Kids Network Blog Archives

Explore the OKN blog archives for a wealth of ideas, stories and inspiration. Our contributors are OKN staff and other Halton professionals who want to share knowledge and information with professionals working with children, youth and families – knowledge and information that can support your practice.

Overviews and year-end blogs on OKN progress and challenges.

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Creating a hopeful future for children and youth. 2018 saw progress in OKN’s initiatives that demonstrated how we are more connected and aligned in our work. List of 2018 committees and community-based groups achievements.

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A wrap up of some of 2017 successes, challenges and what OKN planned for the future. Just a few of the exciting ways that collective action takes place in Halton!

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Introducing OKN's 2017 website update and the new features, resources and tools that can help Halton professionals in your their with children and families.

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Elena DiBattista discusses OKN's progress on the Halton 7 population results and in light of adopting the Collective Impact Framework in 2010.

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The network is cohesive and more engaged. Committees and groups are evolving as needs are identified or change and OKN becomes more intentional when putting knowledge into practice.

Topics include social emotional development, stress and anxiety, youth engagement and more.

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Mary Tabak tells us how one caring and creative gesture can make a world of difference in a child's day and life and provides some ideas on how to do that.

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Valentine's Day is an opportunity to think about and celebrate what we love, appreciate, and value in relationships. It can also bring to mind how those relationships develop.

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Maggie Perrins, resource consultant, Halton Region, explains the difference between stress behaviour and misbehaviour and offers some ideas on how to help children in stressful situations.

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Youth contend with an overwhelming world where social media dominates. This blog explore the tremendous impact that this has on young lives.

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Looking at the reality of summer without the structure of school and how to deal with power struggles, temper tantrums and hurt feelings.

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National Youth Week. Recreation, drama, sport, dance, civic engagement, art, on the job, volunteerism, or leadership – every day young people are engaged in positive and meaningful activities that benefit others.

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Ideas to share with parents and caregivers on how to lower stress through the holidays.

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When providers discuss the importance of play with families during visits and in programs, parents and caregivers will value the benefits of play at home, in school, and in the community.

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Reflection on the role adults, whether parent, caregiver, educator or other, play in influencing children – both positive and negative.

Stories and examples of communities aligning working to make a difference for children, youth and families.

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How the Acton Early Years Committee harnessed the power of partnerships and relationships to support young children and their families.

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Milton community partners all shared a common interest in supporting the local community and working together to better serve the children and families of Milton.

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Overview of an annual event to educate families on the importance of child development in the early years.

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Overview of an annual event to educate families on the importance of child development in the early years.

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Program to educate children and youth 10 to 17 years-old, on nutrition and how to prepare fruit and vegetable dishes.

The many facets of  Developmental Assets in Halton.

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Asset-Building in Halton is grounded in relationships. Relationships with each other, our children and youth, and our communities, are the foundation of successful interactions, programs and outcomes.

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Quick wins that can help you develop and strengthen work relationships.

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This blog explores the importance of feeling secure in relationships in the positive development of children.

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Two stories about how relationships – from the smallest gesture to support a child to a community taking collective action on behalf of many children – make all the difference.

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Asset-building now encompasses Developmental Assets, Family Assets and Relationships. We don't need to look any further than our own country for great examples of asset-building.

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Suggestions to share with families on daily changes and activities to keep that family day feeling going.

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Openness...receptivity...innovation... front and centre at Relationships First – Social Innovation for Human Connection Forum.

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To share with families: little bit of planning and few guiding principles that can help to plan a summer with children and youth.

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Building strong and meaningful relationships is the most important thing we can do to promote positive child and youth development. Information and research to put this into practise.

Knowledge and information about the OKN Indigenous Reconciliation Plan and activities.

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Overview of OKN's Indigenous Reconciliation Strategy that will educate OKN community partners in one of the most important movements in Canadian history by Angela Bellegarde, OKN Indigenous lead.

Topics from the UN Declaration on the Rights of the Child to celebrating National Child Day in Canada.

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Most widely ratified human rights treaty in history and has helped transform children’s lives around the world. This blog explores the UN Declaration on the Rights of the Child, now 30 years old.

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Celebrating National Child Day in 2018. Ideas on how to prioritize play and rest in our tightly-scheduled, high -stress, plugged-in world.

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National Child Day 2017. An opportunity to reflect on how we can advocate, promote and celebrate children's rights to make the world a better place for children.

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In 2014, Canadian Child Care Federation has selected Article 31, “The Right to Play,” as its theme for National Child Day.

Supporting parents and caregivers to strengthen parenting skills and knowledge.

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Looking at the difference between good stress and bad stress and tips to share as families make the transition to school.

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Template for adults to use in writing a positive, supportive note to children and youth.

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Points for parents and caregivers to consider in modelling behaviour for children and youth.

Our Kids Network research releases, information and knowledge translation.

 
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Strategies for Halton providers to use the Early Development Instrument (EDI) to coordinate and integrate their work with young children and families.

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Dr. Liz Wells explores the EDI results and how use the date in discussions and planning.

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Overview of the OKN Neighbour Profiles: Halton-specific information, enabling professionals and agencies to identify areas of vulnerability and strength in this population of children.

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Overview of two reports outlining the results of the 2015-2016 Tell Them From Me (TTFM)/OurSCHOOL surveys of elementary and secondary students across Halton Region.

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OKN and service providers are aligned in their efforts to create “conditions of well-being” for children, youth and families.

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Using research to build services that help families thrive.

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How Halton professionals help families adapt to challenges.

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Dr. Liz Wells discusses a 2014 report from the Canadian Centre on Policy Alternatives.

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Discussion on the importance of physical activity and its impact on overall health in children and youth.

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Halton Youth Survey findings show that Developmental Assets drop during this transition to high school.

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A look at Mental Health Week 2014 and how data reflects how youth are doing.

Stories and practical program ideas for engaging and supporting youth.

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How the successes of the North Oakville Youth Development Council paved the way for the Halton Youth Initiative.

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Four youth groups explain what they would like adults to know about them and their lives.

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Youth in North Oakville shared their thoughts and opinions about topics that were important to them; and took the opportunity to connect and build relationships with adults in the community.

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The voices of some Halton students are heard through their video about the importance of relationships in the lives of children.

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About Bill 53, an Act to Proclaim Children and Youth in Care Day on May 14th of each year, acknowledging current and former Crown and Society wards and their strength, bravery and resilience.

Our Kids Network encourages the use and sharing of its information and resources for non-commercial, educational and outreach purposes. Reports, publications, surveys and other resources are the property of Our Kids Network and should not be reproduced in whole or in part without the permission of Our Kids Network, a partnership of Halton Children’s Aid Society, Regional Municipality of Halton, ROCK Reach Out Centre for Kids, Halton District School Board, Halton Catholic District School Board, Halton Regional Police Service, ErinoakKids, Centre for Treatment and Development and Halton Multicultural Centre. All rights reserved. ©