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All Children Thrive! Our Kids Network is a Halton-wide partnership of organizations and agencies serving children and youth. Our work is focused on child development from birth to 18 years. Protocol partners from education, government, health, mental health, police services and the multicultural community provide the backbone structure that guides our vision, strategy, planning, and advocacy activities.

Agencies and numerous individuals carry out our mission to promote healthy development, security and safety of all children, youth and families through collective action. These professionals come from 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. Parents, youth and other family members also help implement our mission through their involvement on committees and other local initiatives.

The OKN mission is to promote healthy development, security and safety of all children, youth and families through collective action. One way to do that is to share knowledge and information. OKN has a variety of resources that cover the structure and philosophy of OKN, the frameworks that guide the work and even templates for committees and working groups. OKN Community information and resources

Building on a long history of interdisciplinary cooperation in Halton on behalf of children, Halton Our Kids Network was established in 1996 with a focus on providing care and support to mothers and children in the prenatal period through to age 6. OKN expanded its focus in 2004 to include children from birth through 18 years. Our Kids Network timeline

Our Kids Network is at the forefront of using research and collaboration to reduce the impact of negative influences on children’s development and put sustainable supports and services in place. We recognize the importance of working together to collectively support children and families. No single group or individual can address all the needs of one family, one child, one neighbourhood or one community. More about our values…

Our Kids Network is a Halton-wide partnership of individuals, organizations and agencies serving children and youth. Our strength is in our collaborative partnerships and the dedication of more than 200 individuals from agencies and organizations who population our committees and working groups. They come from in the early learning and care field; library systems; child, youth and family services; faith-based organizations; and the public, education, mental health and children’s services sectors and are connected through OKN. More...

No single group or individual can address all the needs of one family, one child, one neighbourhood, or one community. Dealing with the challenges that impact families and children in Halton requires new and innovative approaches, and that can only be accomplished by working in partnership. The success of OKN is built on participation at all levels of community; from three levels of government, mental health leaders and school boards to local agencies, charities, faith groups and families themselves. More...