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

Kindergarten Parent Survey (KPS) 2023

Attention! Halton parents of senior kindergarten children: Your feedback matters!

Closing date: June 26, 2023

Our Kids Network, Halton Region, Halton District School Board and Halton Catholic District School Board are conducting the Kindergarten Parent Survey (KPS). You are being asked to participate because you have a child currently enrolled in the Senior Kindergarten (Year II) program.

The results from the KPS provide valuable information about children and families in Halton. The information provided helps us promote early childhood development for all children in Halton and helps identify the kinds of programs and supports children and parents need.

You can see past results from the KPS in Our Kids Network’s community reports found here. Results of the 2023 KPS will be reported in the Fall of 2023 and will also be available at the Our Kids Network’s website.

All of your responses will be kept strictly confidential, and you may choose not to answer any or all of the questions. No one at your child’s school will see your responses. In order to ensure that no individual can be identified, all of the data from this survey will be summarized and reported at a group level.

The survey will be available online from June 6 to June 26, 2023 and is completely voluntary. The survey should take about 15 minutes to complete.

If you require a PDF file or printed copy of the survey, please contact Dr. Elisabeth Wells at elisabeth@ourkidsnetwork.ca. The survey is available in English. If your first language is not English and you need help completing the survey, please contact Halton Multicultural Council at 905-842-2486 ext. 221.

If you would like to speak with someone from the Halton Catholic District School Board office, contact Dr. Lisa Collimore, Chief Officer, Research and Development Services at collimoreL@hcdsb.org. If you would like to speak with someone from the Halton District School Board office, contact Dr. Rossana Bisceglia, Manager of Research and Accountability at biscegliaro@hdsb.ca.

View the survey information letter:

About the Kindergarten Parent Survey (KPS)

  • Data from the Kindergarten Parent Survey can help us understand the issues and problems facing parents and caregivers today, help the community plan services and supports, and reveal our progress over time.
  • Since 2003, the Kindergarten Parent Survey (KPS) has been conducted every three years. It helps us to compare data and to track progress over time on specific issues and topics such as child care, child health, nutrition and parenting.
  • The KPS was designed by Halton researchers to examine the specific experiences of Halton families that cannot be measured in provincial or national surveys.
  • In the 6th cycle in 2018, 2681 parents and caregivers participated, a response rate of 44%. Since 2003, 14,717 families have participated in the survey.
  • Our Kids Network works in partnership with both school boards and Halton Region Children’s Services to collect and distribute the results.
  • School boards, schools, the early learning and care field, libraries, child, youth and family services, faith-based organizations, and mental health services use the KPS along with other data to adjust and develop programs that respond to parents’ answers in the survey.
  • Halton service providers use data from the Kindergarten Parent Survey to make decisions about planning and services. For example:
    • Ready Set Go! Web pages with checklists, community supports and programs, printable resources and more are available to help families and their children with the transition to Kindergarten. The Halton District School Board, the Halton Catholic District School Board, EarlyON Centres and Halton Public Health all collaborated to create this important resource using information from the KPS and other sources. https://www.halton.ca/For-Residents/Children-and-Parenting/Ready-Set-Go
    • The Our Kids Network Early Years Initiative worked with communities to understand and take action on their own local early years needs by working collectively. Based on the Early Development Instrument (EDI) data, Kindergarten Parent Survey (KPS) data and other neighbourhood characteristics, six local community groups worked together to plan and develop resources and activities most needed and supported at the local level to address early childhood development and transition to kindergarten. The OKN Early Years Initiative was a three-year program (2016 to 2019) funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. See the Early Years Initiative 2016 – 2019 Evaluation Report.
  • Our Kids Network encourages all parents and caregivers to do the Kindergarten Parents Survey to have a voice in influencing decisions. We want parents to tell us what they think and about their experiences. The KPS is their chance to influence decisions that service providers are making.
  • See our 2018 KPS infographic for some recent facts about families with kindergarten aged children in Halton
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