Better Involving Parents in Their Children's Education



    McGuinty Government Supports Over 1,300 Local Projects

    TORONTO, Jan. 31 /CNW/ - Ontario is helping parents play a more active
role in their children's education by funding more than 1,300 projects across
the province.

    
    A $2.3 million provincial investment will support projects such as:

    -   Workshops that show parents how they can be more involved in both
        their children's education and school
    -   Projects developed to increase parent engagement in isolated
        communities
    -   Outreach run by the local school to increase awareness of the
        importance of parent engagement
    -   Translation of materials into the languages of multicultural
        communities served by the school, to make information more accessible
        to parents.
    

    "Our vision is to have a strong, inclusive education system that helps
all students succeed," said Education Minister Kathleen Wynne. "Parents are an
essential partner in achieving this goal."

    
    Parents Reaching Out grants are just one way the McGuinty government is
helping parents be more involved in their children's education. Other
initiatives include:

    -   The Provincial Parent Board, which monitors parent engagement issues
        and advises the minister.
    -   89 Parenting and Family Literacy centres in high-needs neighbourhoods
        across the province.
    -   The ministry's ABC123 website which gives tips to parents in 13
        languages on how to help their child with homework, reading, writing
        and math.

    "We know that many parents face barriers to getting involved," said Aimee
Gerdevich, chair of the Provincial Parent Board. "These grants are one way to
help make our education system more welcoming for parents."

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For further information:

For further information: Contacts: Michelle Despault, Minister's Office,
(416) 212-3747; Patricia MacNeil, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2676;
Public Inquiries: (416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514, TTY: 1-800-263-2892

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