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  • March 04, 2015

Grants Available to Help Parents in York Centre Get Involved In Education

Applications for School Councils and Community Groups Now Open


Ontario is helping parents in York Centre get 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. This includes over 20 local projects in York Centre including (but not limited to):


  • Supporting Parents
  • Parent Hour Café
  • It Takes a Village!
  • Financial Literacy Workshop for Parents
  • Exercise and Healthy Eating
  • Mental Health Wellness Night
  • Cyber-Bullying Prevention
  • Social Networking Safety for Parents
  • Through the Eyes of Many



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.




“These grants are a great way to help parents here in York Centre get more involved in their children’s learning and, in turn, help our students reach their full potential and better prepare them for a bright future.”

— Monte Kwinter, MPP for York Centre


“Parents play a vital role in Ontario’s publicly funded education system. We know that children whose parents are engaged in education, show higher levels of achievement, and we are committed to providing support for that to happen in every community.”
— Liz Sandals, Minister of Education




  • Studies show that when parents are more engaged in their children’s education, students are more likely to earn higher grades, develop better behaviour and social skills, and achieve higher levels of education.
  • Since 2006, the government has provided over 15,000 Parent 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 results show that 72 per cent of Grades 3 and 6 students are mastering reading, writing and math skills.
  • 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.





Kate Gardner

MPP Monte Kwinter





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