Child Wellbeing Dashboard

Welcome to the Child Wellbeing Dashboard for Waterloo Region. This is an interactive map of Waterloo Region's neighbourhoods that houses data for each neighbourhood. This enables you to visualize the differences between neighbourhoods to better understand the strengths and needs in the communities in which you live and serve.

Why is the child wellbeing dashboard important?

Logo of Child Wellbeing DashboardA system of shared measurement is essential for communities to track and report their changes and progress. When a system of shared measurement is determined by members of the community, they come to a consensus on concerns, successes, goals and what indicates progress, and this aligns them in their efforts to make positive changes. The Child Wellbeing Dashboard contains pieces of data which have been designated as 'indicators' of child wellbeing, helping us to understand child wellbeing and to measure our progress in this regard. As such, the Child Wellbeing Dashboard is useful as part of a systematic approach to understanding our community for planning, understanding and evaluation.

There are four indicators on the Dashboard: Fundamental Needs, Health, Learning and Relationships. View each category separately below or go straight to the interactive map.

Dashboard tip sheet

Map user guide

Neighbourhood data

Fundamental Needs

Children are best able to learn and grow when they are free from concerns about how their basic needs will be met. Data in this category indicates how well the fundamental needs of children are being met in Waterloo Region.


Health and development in childhood greatly impacts a child's future outcomes. From the prenatal period and beyond, optimal physical and mental health helps children benefit from learning opportunities at home and at school. This category contains data that tells us about the health of children in Waterloo Region's neighbourhoods.


Children's brains develop rapidly and are most influenced by their environment during the early years of life. Programs and supports focused on learning sets the stage for success in many other areas of life. This category includes data that tells us about how well children are prepared to learn in Waterloo Region's neighbourhoods.

Relationships with Family and Community

Early relationships with family and the community have a significant influence on children's development. These provide models for emotional and behavioural skills that will benefit them throughout their life. These relationships help to build resiliency and healthy self-esteem. This category includes data that tells us about the relationships that children have with their family and community in neighbourhoods in Waterloo Region. 


The Child Wellbeing Dashboard was developed by the Children and Youth Planning Table, in partnership with:

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