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

Our Vision and Role

Our vision is All Children and Youth Thrive!

Our Kids Network is a Halton-wide partnership of agencies and organizations who work together to make sure all children and youth thrive. As a collective impact network, our mission is to build the capacity of community organizations that support children, youth and families. We build community capacity by mobilizing knowledge and maximizing resources to support the work of Halton professionals. OKN does not provide direct services to children, youth and families.

Together with our partners, we promote and advance positive child and youth wellbeing. We do that through conducting and sharing research and bringing organizations, agencies, and professionals together, and developing and sharing resources, building the community’s capacity to support children, youth, and families. Through collaborative action, we strive to achieve a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable community that empowers young people and creates opportunities for all.

Cheerful parents having fun while tickling their two kids on sofa in the living room.

Who do we serve?

Our main focus is on Halton professionals who work with children, youth, and families in various areas such as child welfare, education, libraries, government, health, mental health, special needs, recreation services, and the multicultural community.

A young adult lesbian couple in their 20's are walking and smiling while draped in a pride flag

What is our impact?

Our Kids Network is a collective of organizations working together to make sure that Halton kids have the support they need to do well. We share research, information, and resources to support professionals in their work with children, youth, and families. Our main goals are to:

    • Work together to make sure that young people have what they need to be successful at every stage of their lives.
    • Raise awareness about the needs of kids and families in Halton.
    • Help create communities where young people feel supported and encouraged.
Candid photograph of a diverse group of mature students working together on a class project in their college library.  The students are sitting around a table in their college library concentrating hard while looking down at their project work on the desk in front of them.

What we do

The strategic objectives of Our Kids Network are:

    • Conduct and share research that guides the network in planning and action.
    • Promote and help sustain relationships among organizations.
    • Develop resources to help partners achieve their outcomes.
    • Provide knowledge translation that educates and informs partners in their work leading to action and measurement of progress.
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