All EarlyON Centres throughout the province provide valuable services to many families that attend any of these locations. At centres where KEyON has been implemented, this digital sign-in application will provide parents with a quick and simple way to sign in.
This province-wide membership approach allows the ability to run analytics on the information that can help with programming and track unique visits. Advanced account registration (from home) is now required and parents will then receive their QR code from the centre’s staff on their first visit. Each time a centre is visited (where KEyON is implemented), parents quickly scan into events and drop-ins. Data gathered is private and secure and is only used for planning purposes in order to ensure you are offered the best services possible.
During this period of COVID-19, KEyON had to also adapt to meet the new requirements of the Ministry of Education. The pre-registration of families to attend activities is now required. Once a parent has an account, they can begin to pre-register for activities at their favourite centres. Another enhancement is the addition of signing out. When families are leaving the centre, a quick scan of the QR code will sign out everyone that signed in with that same tag – no screen interaction required. For contact tracing that may be requested by the public health unit, the Daily Attendance report will have all of the information required.
KEyON was developed by Acorn Information Solutions (AIS), a department of the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre. AIS has been contracted to deliver data analysis coordinator (DAC) services for the District of Sault Ste. Marie since 2006. AIS also delivers DAC services for several other Districts including Algoma, Timiskaming, and Manitoulin Sudbury.
Keyon is the second iteration of a digital sign-in software solution developed by AIS. The first version, BestStartHubs.ca launched in 2013, was developed through Community Integration Leadership funding provided by the Ministry of Child and Youth Services. KEyON was launched in 2018 and was a completely new product developed to meet the requirements of Ontario EarlyON centres. KEyON was developed by AIS DACs for DACs. The KEyON software collects EarlyON attendance data. The aggregate data reports supply provincially required data elements. This data is essential to DACs when analyzing EarlyON data for planning and evaluation purposes.