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

Early Years Mental Health Committee

Our Vision

The Early Years Mental Health Committee’s (EYMHC) vision for families is that they are strong and stable, emotionally healthy and equipped to nurture their children so that they are ready to learn and reach their full potential. To achieve this target, the Committee has focused their attention on three key objectives:

    • Enhance staff knowledge and skills with respect to relationship-based principles and early years mental health.
    • Ensure a coordinated, collaborative and integrated system of early years mental health services and supports exists in Halton.
    • Ensure a flexible continuum of services and supports for infants/young children and their families throughout Halton.

Agency Representation

    • Halton Region Health Department
    • Halton Region Social and Community Services
    • Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK)
    • Halton Children’s Aid Society
    • Community Living North Halton
    • EarlyON Child & Family Centres
    • The Halton Resource Connection

If you have any questions about the content of the Toolkit or have further questions about connecting the Toolkit content to your work, please reach out to Allison Corcoran or Karen Hay.

Allison Corcoran, OT Reg. (Ont.)
Supervisor, Children’s Developmental Services
Children’s Services, Social and Community Services
Halton Region
905-825-6000, ext. 2553

Karen Hay, RN, BN
Supervisor, Early Years
Halton Region
905-825-6000, ext. 2951


The EYMHC gratefully acknowledges the support that the Our Kids Network (OKN) has provided and its willingness to share information with our professional community. Working together, we can enhance the knowledge and understanding of the experiences, resources and protective factors that foster healthy social-emotional development in infants/young children and effectively plan and implement supports for families.


The Halton Early Years Mental Health Toolkit was developed by Halton-based professionals, organizations and community agencies who work together to support and educate families. It is an information and education site designed to support professionals in their work with infants/young children and their families.

Information found in Halton Early Years Mental Health Toolkit may change without notice, contain errors or be incomplete. OKN is not responsible for the interpretation, usability or suitability of the information for any intended purpose.

The information in the Halton Early Years Mental Health Toolkit is compiled by OKN for the purposes of providing early years mental health information. The information released from OKN is provided on an “AS IS” basis, without warranty of any kind, including, without limitation, any warranty as to accuracy, suitability for a particular purpose or non-infringement of any intellectual property rights that may be held by others.

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