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  • September 08, 2016

Kingston and the Islands Receives Grants to Support Parents

Parent Engagement Leads to Student Achievement


September 2, 2016

Ontario is supporting parents in Kingston and the Islands with 21 Parents Reaching Out (PRO) Grants to 21 local school councils, totalling $19,999.

These grants support local school councils, Parent Involvement Committees and not-for-profit organizations working with parents. This funding drives local solutions that help parents overcome barriers to getting more involved in their children’s learning.

Local projects in Kingston and the Islands include:

  • Supports for young people and teens in making healthy choices
  • Parent engagement though literacy and numeracy
  • Mental health and wellness
  • Supports for student education planning to employment

This year’s PRO Grants are supporting a diverse range of projects, such as:

  • Parent support for their children’s mathematics learning
  • Parent resources on mental health and well-being
  • Workshops for newcomer parents to learn about Ontario’s education system
  • Family health nights to promote active lifestyles
  • Supports for parents in high-needs areas
  • Support for Indigenous communities.

Supporting parents to be involved in their children’s education is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario's history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.


“Parents Reaching Out Grants make it easy for parents to become engaged in their child’s education. The funding they receive gives them the opportunity to create local, community specific solutions that will help encourage more parents in their children’s learning in support of student achievement and well-being.”

– Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Education

“Parents Reaching Out (PRO) Grants fund programs and projects that help hard-working and dedicated parents across our three school boards to take a more active role in their children’s education and school communities. Parent engagement means greater support for students to succeed and reach their full potential.”

– Sophie Kiwala, MPP for Kingston and the Islands 

“Strong parent engagement means improved student achievement. Good schools become better with engaged, involved parents. The government’s Parent Reaching Out Grants means LDSB parents and schools can deepen that involvement with additional workshops and information sessions this year on healthy lifestyles, including snacks and lunches; assisting their children with expanding both their growth mindset and critical thinking capabilities.”

– Scot Gillam, Supervising Principal for Safe and Caring Schools, Limestone District School Board

“The Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board is pleased to hear that our schools will continue to benefit from the Parents Reaching Out Grants again for the 2016/2017 school year. The engagement of parents/guardians and community members is key to supporting the best outcomes for our students. We have had great success with sessions sponsored through PRO grants in the past and look forward to building on this success.”

– Karen Shannon, Superintendent of School Effectiveness, Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board

“We appreciate the valuable collaboration from parents in our school communities. These grants from the Ministry of Education allow them to contribute to the growth and vitality of their schools through various projects.”

– Édith Dumont, Director of Education, Conseil des Écoles Publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario (CEPEO) 


  • More than 2200 schools will receive a PRO Grant in 2016-17, the highest number since 2007-08.
  • Studies show that when parents are more engaged in their children’s education, students are more likely to earn higher grades, have better behaviour and social skills, and continue their education at a higher level.
  • Since 2005, we have invested over $68 million to support parent engagement initiatives.
  • Since 2006, the government has awarded over 19,500 PRO grants to school councils and 799 regional/ provincial grants; a total investment of nearly $31 million.
  • In the 2015-16 school year, 2,141 school councils were approved for a PRO Grant.



Nicole Honderich

Office of MPP Sophie Kiwala


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