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Engaging Parents In Their Children's Education

McGuinty Government Gives Parents More Time To Apply For Local Grants

Ministry of Education

School councils have an extra three months to apply for grants that support local projects with a focus on parent involvement.

The deadline to apply for Parents Reaching Out grants is October 16, 2009. By lengthening the application period, school councils will be less pressured by the rush at the beginning of the school year.

Last year's school council grants were used for initiatives including bullying prevention and literacy workshops.

Applications are also open for regional/provincial grants available to parent organizations, school boards, non-profit organizations, volunteer-sector associations or postsecondary institutions working in partnership with parents.

Quick Facts

  • Research has shown that one of the most important indicators of student achievement is the involvement of parents in the education of their child.
  • Since 2006, the government has awarded almost 4,000 Parent Reaching Out grants to school councils and over 150 regional/provincial grants.
  • There are 123 Parenting and Family Literacy Centres in high-needs neighbourhoods to get parents involved in their child’s learning before they start school.

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“Children do better in school when their parents are engaged in their learning. These grants provide the assistance many school councils need to connect with parents in the community.”

Kathleen Wynne

Minister of Education



Education and Training