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.
Indicators:

  • 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.
Indicators:

  • 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.
Indicators:

  • 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.
Indicators:

  • Serious injury
  • At-risk behaviours
  • Safety from harm
All children need positive connections to their parents/caregivers, peers, school and community.
Indicators:

  • 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.
Indicators:

  • 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.
Indicators:

  • At-risk births
  • Healthy eating
  • Healthy body weight
  • Physical activity
  • Mental health

2018 Kindergarten Parent Survey Highlights PDF icon

The Kindergarten Parent Survey (KPS) is completed every three years and asks Halton families of children in kindergarten about their experiences. In this 6th cycle (2018), 2681 parents participated, a response rate of 44%. Since 2003, 14,717 families have participated in the survey.

Organized here under the Halton 7, the KPS allows us to examine some important child outcomes that are not measured in the Early Development Instrument.

kps1

Children are Healthy

Good health is a prerequisite for positive outcomes for children. Physical activity, healthy body weight and healthy eating are included in this result.

%

of kindergarten children were physically active for 60 minutes daily

%

were overweight or obese

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ate fruits and vegetables 3 or more times a day

%

ate breakfast daily

kps2

Children are Learning

Learning is one of the cornerstones for success in life. Preschool learning opportunities and school engagement are included in this result.

%

attended a children's program in the past 12 months

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visited a library in the past 12 months

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attended a religious or ethnic based program in the past 12 months

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attended a Music/arts/dance program in the past 12 months

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attended a recreational program in the past 12 months

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of parents of kindergarten children report that their child has a high level of kindergarten engagement

kps3

Children are Positively Connected

All children need positive connections to their parents/caregivers, peers, school and community. Peer connections are included in this result.

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of parents of kindergarten children report that their child gets along with others his/her own age

kps4

Children are Safe

Safe environments benefit children by providing a sense of personal security, allowing them to take maximum advantage of learning, playing and making new friendships. Serious injury and safety from harm are included in this result.

%

of kindergarten children were seriously injured in the past 12 months

%

of parents of kindergarten children report that their child feels safe at school

kps5

Families are Strong and Stable

Strong and stable family and child care environments provide a solid foundation and stimulating, interactive experiences to nurture a child’s positive development. Child care capacity, and parenting capacity and support are reported in this result.

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of kindergarten children received child care on a regular basis

%

of families had regular family meals

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of parents experienced high levels of parenting support

%

of parents of kindergarten children took time out to care for their own health and well-being

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of parents of kindergarten children experienced high levels of parental confidence

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of parents of kindergarten children experienced high levels of parental stress

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of parents of kindergarten children experienced high levels of time stress

kps6

Schools are Connected to the Community

Children spend a great deal of their time learning in schools. How schools connect to their communities are important. Caring school climate is reported in this result.

%

of parents of kindergarten children report that their child's school has a caring climate

kps7

Neighbourhoods are Where We Live, Work, & Play

Children thrive in neighbourhoods that are safe and connected. Neighbourhood safety is reported in this result.

%

of parents of kindergarten children felt their neighbourhood is a safe place to bring up children

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