Applications for Parents Reaching Out Grants Now Open
Ontario Supporting School Council and Community Group Projects
Ontario is helping parents get more involved in their children's education by supporting local initiatives to encourage learning and well-being.
Grant applications for the 2015-16 school year will be accepted until May 19.
In the 2014-15 school year, the government funded more than 2,200 projects that helped identify barriers to parent engagement and found local solutions to help more parents get involved in their children's education. Projects include:
- Promoting parent engagement in their child's learning in areas like math.
- Providing outreach to parents from diverse backgrounds.
- Translating materials into languages used by the school community.
- Increasing parent engagement in isolated communities.
- Making schools and boards more welcoming for parents.
- Workshops to show parents why engagement is important and how they can become more involved in their children's success at school.
Encouraging parents to get involved in their children's education is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.
- Research shows that children do better in school when their parents play an active role in their education.
- Since 2006, the government has awarded more than 15,000 Parents Reaching Out grants to school councils and more than 568 regional grants — a total investment of more than $24 million to help increase parent involvement.
- Recent Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) results show that 72 per cent of Grades 3 and 6 students are mastering reading, writing and math skills. This is up 18 percentage points compared to 2003.
- In 2013, 83 per cent of students graduated from high school, up from 68 per cent in 2004.
- The Parents Reaching Out grants support the four key goals of the government’s renewed vision for education in Ontario: achieving excellence, ensuring equity, promoting well-being and enhancing public confidence.
“When parents are active in their children’s education, student well-being and achievement are improved — especially in challenging areas like math. This helps students reach their full potential and better prepares them for a bright future.”
“School councils and Parent Involvement Committees appreciate this grant program as a way to overcome barriers to parent engagement in our own communities and help more parents get involved. These grants are one of many practical and innovative tools and resources that help foster parent engagement in their children’s learning.”