Using the collective impact framework for collaborative networks, which focuses on complex community challenges, OKN promotes positive, healthy child and youth development and the security and safety of all children, youth and families.
OKN partners and the community set the common agenda, the Halton 7 population results . As a backbone organization, OKN helps by identifying and defining challenges and issues, building a common understanding of issues, and establishing clear goals for change that everyone works towards together.
The OKN Community Hubs, located in Acton, Milton and Aldershot, bring people and organizations together from across Halton Region improving the lives of children, youth and families. Each Hub is located at a school, is managed by a coordinator, and makes services more accessible to neighbourhoods. They all have classroom-sized space for community programs provided by OKN members and other community partners.
Based on EDI data and other neighbourhood characteristics, the Early Years Initiative provides the opportunity for local organizations to work together to plan and develop resources that are most needed and supported at the local level to address early childhood development and transition to school.
A broad variety of research-based information, ideas, resources and practical tools for use by professionals to help families and each other improve knowledge and skills, and build a strength-based approach to positive parenting.
Understood variously as service coordination, service integration, pathways to care, improving access and reducing barriers, seamless service – but in all cases acknowledged as the need to make the services within the system accessible to families who need the right service at the right time. Our Kids Network is continually researching and developing "navigation" resources and supports for Halton that are family focused, inclusive, open to all, accountable and provide easy and timely access to service.
Our Kids Network is using research and collaboration to improve children’s development and put sustainable supports and services in place. OKN identifies and defines the challenge(s) to be addressed and actively coordinates actions and shares data and lessons learned.
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