Helping Parents Reach Out
McGuinty Government Encouraging Parents to Get Involved in Kids' Education
As students head back to class on Tuesday, Ontario is helping parents develop new resources to support their children's education and success.
Research shows that when parents are more engaged in their children's education, students benefit - in both achievement and well-being. That's why the government is helping parents get more involved in their children's education by:
- Supporting local school councils with more than 2,000 Parents Reaching Out (PRO) grants to help parents address issues such as bullying prevention, nutrition and literacy and numeracy in their children's schools.
- Helping Parent Involvement Committees understand their roles and responsibilities so they can provide the best advice to school boards when it comes to getting more parents engaged in children's learning through a new handbook .
- Providing parents with informative videos, tutorials, stories and tips to help their children succeed through tvoparents.com.
The McGuinty government remains committed to protecting gains made in education that parents depend on, including continuing to roll out full-day kindergarten, maintaining smaller class sizes and preserving 20,000 teacher and support staff jobs to ensure every student succeeds.
- In 2010, the Parents Reaching Out grants program received international recognition through a McKinsey & Company report analyzing high-achieving school systems across the world.
- Since 2005, the government has invested nearly $43 million to support parent engagement initiatives in Ontario.
- Recent Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) results show 70 per cent of Grades 3 and 6 students are mastering reading, writing and math skills.
“Back to school can be a stressful time for both students and parents. These new resources will make the transition a little easier for parents, while helping them engage even more in their child's education. Most importantly, we know engaged parents help our students succeed.”