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

Our Story

Our History

Our Kids Network is a Halton-wide partnership of community organizations and professionals who support the healthy development and well-being of children and youth. We began our journey in 1996 and have been doing research and building partnerships ever since. Our goal is to help professionals who work with kids, by sharing evidence, building relationships and creating resources.

We know that it’s important for children to have good relationships with adults they can trust, so we focus on building strong relationships between kids and adults. We also believe in celebrating the rich culture and history of Indigenous communities, and we work to promote equity and cultural awareness through educational resources and research.

Our Kids Network is committed to making our society more inclusive and just for everyone.

Our Values

At OKN, we have three important values that guide everything we do: working together, building evidence, and creating accountability. These values are the backbone of our approach and help us work towards our vision “All Children and Youth Thrive”.

Working together means that we believe in collaboration and teamwork. We know that we can accomplish more when we work together with others who share our vision. By pooling our resources and expertise, we can make a bigger impact and create better outcomes for children and youth.

Building evidence means that we believe in using data and research to guide our decisions and actions. We collect information and analyze it to better understand the needs of children and youth, and to determine the most effective ways to help them thrive. By using evidence-based approaches, we can make sure that our efforts are making a real difference.

Creating accountability means that we believe in taking responsibility for our actions and measuring our progress. We set clear goals and objectives, and regularly evaluate our performance to make sure that we are on track. By holding ourselves accountable, we can ensure that we are constantly improving and making the most of our resources.

Overall, these values are critical to OKN’s mission of ensuring that all children and youth thrive. By working together, building evidence, and creating accountability, we are making a real difference in the lives of young people and creating a brighter future for us all.

Foundational Framework

At Our Kids Network, we conduct research and bring community agencies and organizations together to create the positive conditions needed to support all children’s growth and development.  We support professionals to improve the well-being of children and families.  The Halton 7 are the seven conditions of well-being that we focus on: children and youth are healthy, children and youth are learning, children and youth are positively connected, children and youth are safe, families are strong and stable, schools are connected to the community, neighbourhoods are where we live, work and play.

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OKN organization graphic