Our vision, mission and story
All Children Thrive!
Our Kids Network is a Halton-wide partnership of organizations and agencies serving children and youth.
Our mission is to promote healthy development, security and safety of all children, youth and families through collective action.
Our work is focused on child development from birth to 18 years. Partners from education, government, health, mental health and special needs, police services and the multicultural community provide the backbone structure that guides our vision, strategy, planning and advocacy activities.
The mission of Our Kids Network is carried out by agencies and numerous individuals working in the early learning and care field across Halton: library systems, child, youth and family services, faith-based organizations and the public, education, mental health and children’s services sectors.
One of the primary avenues for the support of children, youth and families in Halton is through three neighbourhood-based “Hubs”. The Milton, Aldershot and Acton Hubs provide space and resources for families, schools and the community to work together to support children and youth.
We are a national leader in sharing research to strengthen communities and improve life for families and children. We have established the ‘Halton 7’ – seven fundamental conditions of high quality of life that we use to measure the progress of our work.
The leaders who form the backbone of OKN are:
The Halton Children’s Aid Society
The Regional Municipality of Halton
Halton Regional Police Services
Halton District School Board
Halton Catholic District School Board
ROCK Reach Out Centre for Kids
Halton Multicultural Council
ErinoakKids, Centre for Treatment and Development.
Frequently asked questions about Our Kids Network
FAQ FAQ for families
More resources to learn about OKN
Illinois State University webinar, June 6, 2013
Overview of Our Kids Network, structure, partnership, Hubs, results and accountability, service integration. http://leadershiplinc.illinoisstate.edu/2012-06-0611.01OurKidsNetwork.wmv
A New Kind of Parenting:
Raising Kids Ages 10 to 16
Have you noticed changes in your preteen or teen's behaviour? Are the parenting techiniques you used with them as children no longer working? Noted child psychiatrist, Dr. Jean Clinton uses plain language and common sense to help parents learn how taking a positive approach to parenting can help teens and parents thrive.
View the parent/caregiver videos
Information and ideas for those working with families to support parents through the transition years to adolescence.
View the service provider videos
OKN is one of the leading community networks in creating knowledge and resources to improve service planning for children, youth and families.