Engaging Parents In Their Children's Education

    McGuinty Government Gives Parents More Time To Apply For Local Grants

    TORONTO, May 20 /CNW/ -


    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(http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/parents/reaching.html) 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.


    "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."
    - Education Minister Kathleen Wynne


    -   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
    -   There are 123 Parenting and Family Literacy Centres
        (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/parents/pflc.html) in high-needs
        neighbourhoods to get parents involved in their child's learning
        before they start school.


    -   Apply for a 2009-10 school council grant
        (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/parents/schools.html) or
        regional/provincial grant
    -   Read the lists of Parent Reaching Out grants that were funded in
        2008-09 for school council projects   
        and for regional/provincial projects   
    -   Find out how you can get involved in your school council

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For further information:

For further information: 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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