Halton resources to get you on track for the school year

It is the first week of September and parents and children across the region are starting to settle into the back to school routines. I remember how busy the start of the school year was for my children and want to let parents know that halton.ca offers many great resources to help you and your child transition to the new school year.

  • Ready, Set, Go! is an online resource for parents of children starting kindergarten. You can access resources including school calendars, checklists to prepare your child for school and health information on topics such as growth and development. This section also links you to the many resources available in the Halton community to parents with young school-age children.
  • Ready, Set, Whoa! is an online resource for parents of teens entering high school. On these pages you will find resources including blogs, videos and links to community resources that can help you and your child manage the change and challenges faced when the high school years begin.
  • HaltonParents connects you with public health nurses and child development staff who provide a wealth of information about parenting topics that cover all years from birth to young adulthood. Our HaltonParents team are active daily on Twitter, Facebook and the HaltonParents blog, providing tips and advice to help you in your parenting journey.
  • Halton.ca/immunize provides a great explanation of what parents need to do to ensure immunization records are up to date for school. You can find out what immunizations are required for school and use our online reporting tool to update your records. All immunization records must be reported to your child’s school and the Halton Region Health Department.
  • Halton.ca/healthyliving links you to resources that can help you and your family build physical activity and healthy eating into your daily routine. Walking and cycling to school are great ways to be active. Our page on cycling and pedestrian safety for children can help you teach your child how to be safe when being active on the way to school on their bike, scooter or when walking.

Keeping you and your family safe and healthy is an important priority for Halton Region. I encourage you to take time to access the resources I have listed above. Supporting parents and families helps make Halton a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report”.