News and Events

OKN plays an active role in encouraging all of Halton to invest in "our kids."
Oakville Beaver - The entire community — including government, and businesses — share the responsibility of helping children thrive, said Our Kids Network (OKN) director Elena DiBattista. "We know it takes a village to raise a child and that's really the premise of our work," she said at Halton Region's Health and Social Services Committee meeting April 12. Read the full story

NEW RESOURCE: 6 Strategies to Put People First…because Relationships Matter
In this new OKN resource booklet, six Halton organizations explain how they make meaningful connections in their work and with each other. The 6 strategies can help professionals explore and strengthen relationships within daily work with families, children and youth. Download the resource.

iParent Database
Info Share Resources for planning and implementing effective programs and services  
Data Portal Your doorway to a large inventory of community level data and information on how to use it.  
Asset Building Toolkit

Play a role in preventing bullying

OKN Parenting Directory 11-12

Bullying impacts the health and well being of every
child or youth. PREVNet, a national network. News,
events, research and resources to help stop bullying.
OKN Bullying Prevention Literature Review
OKN Bullying Prevention Environmental Scan

“We should always be involved.”

Developmental Assets

Our Kids Network is continually looking for ways to help professionals engage youth in meaningful ways.
The Asset-Building Toolkit has an entire section on Child and Youth Engagement including a continuum for engagement and diagram, created by youth, and a checklist  to assist organizations in engaging youth.

Video: Celebrating Halton Families

Professionals and Research

Families are central to the positive development  of children and youth and are at the heart of thriving communities.
In the video, three families share the joys and struggles of parenting and the challenges they face due to the attitudes and perceptions of society. Video