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  • April 13, 2012

Engaging Parents in Oak Ridges-Markham

McGuinty Government Accepting Applications for 2012-13 Parents Reaching Out Grants

Ontario is helping more parents get connected with their school community in Oak Ridges-Markham.

Parents play a vital role in Ontario’s publicly funded education system. That’s why the government is providing Parents Reaching Out grants to encourage more parents to get engaged at the local, regional and provincial levels. These grants help support parents to identify and address barriers to engagement in their own community and allow them to find local solutions that will help more parents get involved.

Applications for Parents Reaching Out grants are now available for the 2012-13 school year.

Helping parents get more involved in their children’s education is part of the McGuinty Government’s plan to support student success and secure a brighter future for all Ontarians while protecting the gains made in education since 2003.


“Parents play a very important role in our education system, Parent Reaching Out grants will support and encourage parents to be active partners in education, allowing them to find solutions on a local level.”

—Dr. Helena Jaczek, MPP Oak Ridges-Markham

“Engaged parents play a crucial role in student achievement and well-being. With guidance and support, students are typically more motivated, earn higher grades and have better behaviour and social skills. That’s why our government is pleased to support parents in becoming more engaged in their school community.”

—Laurel Broten, Minister of Education


·Since 2006, the government has awarded almost 9,000 Parents Reaching Out grants to school councils and almost 300 regional/provincial grants.

·Last year, the government funded more than 1,700 projects that provided outreach to parents from diverse backgrounds, supported bullying prevention initiatives, helped parents in isolated communities connect with their schools, and provided resources for parents and translated materials into the languages of the school community.

·In 2010, Parents Reaching Out grants received international recognition in a study by McKinsey & Co., "How the world's most improved school systems keep getting better,” which ranked Ontario’s education system as one of the best.

·The deadline for applications for the 2012-13 Parents Reaching Out grants is June 8, 2012.



Read more about Parents Reaching Out grants and how to apply

Find out more information about parent engagement



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