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McGuinty Government Supports York Region With Education Projects

February 12, 2009

Ontario is helping parents play a more active role in their children’s education, announced York Region MPPs Michael Chan, Dr. Helena Jaczek, Reza Moridi, and Greg Sorbara.

Through Parents Reaching Out (PRO) grants, more than 134 projects totalling $116,318.50 in York Region will help make it easier for parents to get more involved in their children’s education.

“Parents are an essential partner in helping children succeed in school. These grants are one way parents in York Region can participate in the development and education of their children,” said Michael Chan, MPP for Markham-Unionville.

For the third consecutive school year, the province is supporting more than 1,300 projects across Ontario with grants totalling nearly $2 million for 2008-2009. These projects help students succeed through:

  • Workshops that show parents how they can be more involved in both their children’s education and school
  • Outreach run by the local school to increase awareness of the importance of parent engagement
  • Translation of materials into the languages of local community to make information more accessible to parents

“A more involved parent means a more successful student,” said Education Minister Kathleen Wynne. “We’ve received an increased number of new applicants this year, which demonstrates how serious parents are about getting involved in their children’s education.”

A few examples of the activities that the funding will support at local schools include:

  • Ross Doan Public School in Richmond Hill received $1,000 for “Brain Boosters Workshops by Celebrate Calm” which will present effective and positive solutions to help children succeed in school, help parents create calm and respectful households, and empower children to make changes themselves.
  • Markham Gateway Public School in Markham received $1,000 for a “3E Project (Engage, Education and Empower)” which will include activities and workshops for new Canadians and recently arrived families on topics such as creating healthy lunches and living healthy lives.

The ministry is also helping parents get involved via 123 Parenting and Family Literacy centres in high-needs neighbourhoods across the province as well as the parenting section of the ministry’s abc123 website, which gives parents helpful tips in 14 different languages.


Visit the ministry’s website, the abc123 website and the section for parents:

Read the government’s vision for education:

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