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Healthy Smiles Ontario (HSO)
A new oral health program for children and teens 17 years and under who do not have access to any form of dental coverage and who live in a low income household. If eligible, children and teens will get regular dental services at no cost. Dial 311 for more information or to order promotional materials

An online resource for the latest parenting news, tips, health information, local events and so much more – no matter the age of your child. Visit to link up.

Six Steps to Improve Your Child's Success in School
The People for Education have shared the six secrets to helping your child succeed in school. The steps can lead to improved attendance, student engagement, more positive relationships between parents and teachers and increase overall student success. Download tip sheet:

1) Let your child know that you think it is important that he or she does well in school.
2) Talk to your kids about school.
3) Read to your child when they're young (and even older).
4) Go to concerts, sports and other school events.
5) Read your child's report card.
6) Go to parent-teacher interviews.

The Science of Student Success
At the recent People for Education conference at York University, it featured a talk by Dr Stuart Shanker on brain plasticity, self-regulation and marshmallows. This fascinating talk reveals  how children's brains react to stresses and how this can impact a child's ability to learn. Children who are able to self-regulate their impulses, deal with stress and handle distractions will be more likely to move on to higher education and have more success in school and in life. Watch:

Online Math Homework Help
The HDSB has now made available online homework help to students from grades 7 - 10. Help is provided with certified teachers. 
You will need your child's Ontario Educational Number (OEN-- can be found on report cards) and birth date.

Eye See...Eye Learn Comes to Halton
How well can your child see? Don't assume you know the answer! Only an eye exam by an optometrist will be able to tell you if you child can see well and if their eyes are developing properly. All junior kindergarten children in Halton are encouraged to participate in the Eye See...Eye Learn program. It is a program that provides JK students a comprehensive eye examination (bring Health Card) by a participating optometrist, and if they require a pair of glasses; the child will receive them FREE of charge.
To find out more how you can take advantage of this program, visit or watch this short YouTube video on how to participate in the program:

Children's Health Information Line
Parents can access free information and advice from public health nurses on child health issues on parenting, mental health, bullying, healthy lifestyles and more.
Dial 311 or 905-825-6000
R.O.C.K Halton- Reach Out Centre for Kids
ROCK promotes positive child development through programs and services that strengthen the ability of families and the community to raise and nurture children.
Kids Help Phone
Kids Help Phone provides children with anonymous and confidential professional counseling, referrals, and information through technologically-based communications media.

Practical tips and advice for parents every day topics from health, nutrition, kids & money, sibling rivalries, fitness, technology, school success, and more.

Developmental Assets for Children
Developmental Assets framework has become the single most widely used approach to positive youth development in the United States and is used by Our Kids Network to measure the health of our children in Halton. The Developmental Assets are 40 common sense, positive experiences and qualities that help influence choices young people make and help them become caring, responsible adults.
Parents can download assets by age groups.

Eat Right Ontario
Click on this link for great resources on helping your family eat healthier. Resources by age groups can be downloaded, healthy recipes and menu planning and food facts and more...
KidsHealth also provides families with perspective, advice, and comfort about a wide range of physical, emotional, and behavioral issues that affect children and teens.
Invest in Kids
Founded in 1993, Invest in Kids is Canada's is dedicated to improving outcomes for our children by supporting their parents. Invest in Kids’ work in the area of parenting began with our interest in social, emotional and intellectual development in children aged five and younger.
TVO Parents
Parents and guardians, take advantage of this great interactive website by TVO  
(This site has discussion boards, podcasts and an online live forum every Tuesday and 9pm. A great resource!)

People for Education
Please try the following link: People for Education (useful website with resources for parents) 
Parent Support Line: 1-888-534-3944

Ministry of Education Literacy and Numeracy
Here is a link for parents with Literacy and Numeracy resources from the Ministry of Education's Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat:

Our Kids Network
Learn about all of the services available for children and their families at Our Kids Network in 
Families are encouraged to visit the Acton Hub to meet with program coordinators. Questions can also be emailed to Community Coordinator Alison Hilborn at

Parent Involvement
Another great resource for parents:

Safe Schools: Bullying
It is a link for parents to help them "understand the different types of bullying, and highlights what to watch for and where to get help." A fact sheet also lets parent know about the consequences for students who bully.