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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 www.halton.ca 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.
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.
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 www.EyeSeeEyeLearn.ca or watch this short YouTube video on how to participate in the program: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plIenDJhtrY
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.
People for Education
Please try the following link: People for Education (useful website with resources for parents): http://www.peopleforeducation.com/
Parent Support Line: 1-888-534-3944
Our Kids Network
Learn about all of the services available for children and their families at Our Kids Network in Halton:www.ourkidsnetwork.ca
Families are encouraged to visit the Acton Hub to meet with program coordinators. Questions can also be emailed to Community Coordinator Alison Hilborn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. www.ontario.ca/safeschools