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

Data Collection Cycle

Since 2003, Our Kids Network has been gathering and sharing information on many different aspects of the lives of children, youth, and families, or what we call Indicators. OKN has created many reports, analyses, and visuals based on this information, beginning with the Community Report Card 2004.

Our Kids Network has 3 standing surveys that are repeated every 3 years

Early Development Instrument (EDI)

While Kindergarten is a universal experience for most children in Canada, the knowledge and skills children bring to school vary widely. Communities wanting to determine how best to foster healthy child development can use the EDI to monitor children’s developmental readiness.

Early Development Instrument (EDI) 2003 – 2018 Results

Kindergarten Parent Survey (KPS)

Designed by Halton researchers, the KPS asks Halton families of children in kindergarten about their experiences with child care, child health, parenting and community. It is the “sister survey” of the EDI, measuring important child outcomes that are not measured there.

2023 Kindergarten Parent Survey Results
2018 Kindergarten Parent Survey Results

Youth Surveys

OKN youth surveys, including Tell Them From Me and the Halton Youth Impact Survey provide Halton-specific information on mental health, positive relationships, community belonging, and other key indicators of wellbeing. Youth surveys help organizations and  community members identify areas of strength and vulnerability in the population of youth, and opportunities for change.

Halton Youth Impact Survey Results
Tell Them From Me Elementary School Results
Tell Them From Me Secondary School Results

And much more!

OKN organization graphic