February 12, 2009
Ontario is helping parents play a more active role in their childrenâ€™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 childrenâ€™s education.
â€œParents 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,â€ 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:
â€œA more involved parent means a more successful student,â€ said Education Minister Kathleen Wynne. â€œWeâ€™ve received an increased number of new applicants this year, which demonstrates how serious parents are about getting involved in their childrenâ€™s education.â€
A few examples of the activities that the funding will support at local schools include:
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 ministryâ€™s abc123 website, which gives parents helpful tips in 14 different languages.
Visit the ministryâ€™s website, the abc123 website and the section for parents:
Read the governmentâ€™s vision for education: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/document/energize/index.html
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