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Protocol Partners Work Together for Children, Youth, and Families

Halton: OKN is recognized nationally as a leader in creating innovative, strong collaborations and one that has made huge strides in in improving life for children and families in Halton is Protocol Partners. In a groundbreaking move, eight Protocol Partners signed a formal Our Kids Network Partnership Agreement that provides a structure for working together, sharing resources, and putting research into practice. Learn more.

A Practical Resource for Professionals Who Work With Young Children and Their Families

The Early Years Mental Health Toolkit describes the factors that contribute to the healthy social and emotional development of young children. Practitioners can benefit from evidence-based information and resources that promote, protect and enhance the mental health of infants/children and their caregivers. Read the news release. Read the Inside Halton story

Archived Our Kids Network Data Now Available!

Organized by the Halton 7 population results, OKN data prior to 2015 is now available for downloading. The Excel tables show the data by year, and OKN neighbourhood and municipality. Each file includes metadata describing the indicator, data source and year(s) available. View and download the Excel files.

Everyone's an Asset Builder

Strong relationships play an important role in bullying prevention, positive mental health and well-being, youth engagement, social emotional learning, and many other risk and protective factors. Together with our partners, Our Kids Network (OKN) has developed a user-friendly collection of materials to educate and familiarize you and your organization with the Developmental Assets framework developed by the Search Institute. Learn more here

OTF Grant Supported a 3-year Focus on Early Child Development in Halton to Help Young Children Thrive

Halton Region – Our Kids Network (OKN) implemented a new project over the past three years that focused on building strength and resiliency in young children. The evidence-based “Early Years Initiative” was possible through a generous investment by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and included enhanced programming, parent education and information activities. Read the full news release.

New Halton Early Years Mental Health Toolkit gets us talking about mental health in the early years

Online resource introduces “8 Areas of Focus” to deepen knowledge and understanding of healthy social-emotional development in infants and young children

Halton Region, Ontario –The Halton-based Early Years Mental Health Toolkit is a new online resource for service providers who work with and support families with infants and young children. A comprehensive resource on social-emotional development in the first six years of a child's life, the toolkit was developed by the Our Kids Network (OKN) Early Years Mental Health (EYMH) Committee. Read the news release. Read the Inside Halton story

Our Kids Network joins National Campaign focused on Every Child’s right to an Identity

November 20 is the 25th annual National Child Day

Halton Region, Ontario – Twenty-five years ago, the Canadian government proclaimed November 20 as National Child Day to commemorate two historic events: the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of the Child in 1959, and the UN adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989. Read more 

Our Kids Network Reports give Insight into Wellbeing of Halton Children and Youth

Survey asked youth about peer relationships, safety, bullying, and physical activity

Two new reports outline the results of the 2015-2016 Tell Them From Me /OurSCHOOL surveys of elementary and secondary students across Halton Region. The results show that most Halton students value what they’re learning in school, have at least one close friend, and are physically active; at the same time, some students are lacking a sense of belonging at school and many are exceeding the recommendations for daily recreational screen time.

Full news release
2015-2016 Tell Them From Me / OurSCHOOL Elementary Report
2015-2016 Tell Them From Me / OurSCHOOL Secondary Report

Halton iparent Information Hub
One of Our Kids Network’s Many Resources for Families

Halton iparent and Information Hub provide online support and valuable information to build parenting skills.

With Family Day (Monday, February 20) approaching, Our Kids Network wants to remind parents, other caregivers, and everyone that strong families are an essential part of a healthy community. Read the news release.

Premier Visits OKN Acton Community Hub

Premier joins discussion with Our Kids Network on community hubs
Our Kids Network was delighted to host The Hon. Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario, The Hon. Indira Nadoo-Harris, Minister Responsible for Early Years and Child Care, and Karen Pitre, Special Advisor to the Premier on Community Hubs, at the OKN Acton Hub at McKenzie Smith Bennett Public School on November 8. Read the full story.

Our Kids Network Hubs Connect Families to Local Programs, Services and Support

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. Learn more

June is National Aboriginal History Month
Short Doc: NiiSoTeWak: Two Bodies, One Heart

Cree teachings say that identical twins are born with two bodies, but share one heart. Meet Tapwewin and Pawaken, 10-year-old brothers trying to make sense of the world, their family and each other.  #NationalAboriginalMonth Go to for more documentaries on the lives and contributions of Indigenous peoples to Canada’s history and future.

June is National Aboriginal History Month
Documentary: Finding my Balance

How does volleyball help heal? 18-year-old Alicia Mollen explores her history of being bullied, then recovering and building a healthy life. #NationalAboriginalMonth Go to for more documentaries on the lives and contributions of Indigenous peoples to Canada’s history and future.

June is National Aboriginal History Month
Karihawanoron: Precious Things

Yagorihwanirats, a young Mohawk child, attends a unique and special school: a Mohawk immersion program, inspired by her great-grandmother - who, as a child, was forced to not speak her language.  #NationalAboriginalMonth Go to for more documentaries on the lives and contributions of Indigenous peoples to Canada’s history and future.

June is Aboriginal History Month 
What is the Responsibility of Wearing a Headdress?

Filmmaker J.J. Neepin recreates her great-grandfather's portrait and explores the responsibility of wearing a headdress. "To me, the headdress is a symbol of leadership." #NationalAboriginalMonth Go to for more documentaries on the lives and contributions of Indigenous peoples to Canada’s history and future.

“Mothers are women who embrace children to become part of their lives and live in their very soul.”

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 14. OKN guest blogger, Kathie Callan, a mom, grandmother, foster mom, aunt, and caring friend to youth reflects on being a mother to many different children. Read the blog.

2017 Asset-Building Forum a Model for Openness

“The Forum’s focus was on ‘creating environments where meaningful relationships for children and youth will thrive.’  As we came together, some as staff teams, some as single representatives from our organizations, we knew that this day would be different." Read the blog.

Resource to Help Collaboration and Cooperation

7 Strategies to Use the Power of Relationships, Research and Knowledge to Help Kids Thrive

Practical ideas and strategies to use relationships, research and knowledge to work towards the Halton 7 (seven conditions of well-being to ensure that all children thrive). Booklet