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


If you work with children, youth, and families, it’s important to keep up with the latest research in your field. Our website provides easy access to online resources that keep you up-to-date. We have collections of practical tips, strategies, and tools that can help you support families and make a positive impact on the lives of children and youth.


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Collection – Connect Play and Learn Everyday

Your go-to resource for fun and educational activities.

Connect Play and Learn Everyday is a website designed to connect professionals and parents with the resources and support they need to help children grow and learn.  It offers a wide range of free activities and resources that promote learning through play. With an easy-to use interface, professionals and parents can access information and resources that are tailored to their specific needs and interests.  Connect Play and Learn Everyday is a valuable tool for anyone looking to support children’s growth and learning.

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Collection – Early Years Mental Health Toolkit

The Early Years mental health toolkit is a complete resource that helps support the mental health and well-being of young children.

A team of experts in child development and mental health created this toolkit, and it provides a wide range of information, resources, and tools that can help childhood professionals promote positive mental health in children from birth to six years old.

The toolkit has practical tips and strategies for promoting social-emotional development, building resilience, and supporting positive relationships between children and their caregivers. It also has information on community resources and how to access mental health services.

This toolkit is a must-have resource for anyone who cares for young children.

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Collection – Halton Youth Impact Survey (HYIS)

The Halton Youth Impact Survey is a survey that helps us understand how young people are doing in Halton.

It asks questions about physical activity, mental health, substance use, and relationships.

When we look at the answers, we can see where young people might need more help or resources.  The survey is important because it helps us understand what young people need and how we can help them grow.

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