Parents Reaching Out (PRO) Grants

Parents Reaching Out Grants (PRO Grants)

Parental involvement is one of the most significant factors contributing to a child’s success in school. When parents are involved in their children’s education, the level of student achievement increases. Students attend school more regularly, they complete more homework in a consistent manner, and demonstrate more positive attitudes towards school. They are also more likely to complete high school (Education Improvement Commission).

Parents Reaching Out (PRO) Grants for School Councils

Increasing Parent Involvement

Parents play a vital role in publicly funded education. Ontario's Parents Reaching Out Grants funded through the Ministry of Education encourage parent engagement at the local, regional and provincial levels. They are designed to support parents in identifying barriers to parent engagement in their own community and to find local solutions to involve more parents in support of student achievement and well-being.

ACES School Council has been selected as one of the successful OCDSB recipients of a PRO Grant this year, and will be using this funding to help coordinate the following two parent workshops!


Technology & Media: Impact on Child Development April 25th, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Guest Speaker: Janice Lizotte, Speech Language Pathologist, OCDSB

Television, personal devices, and social media are affecting children’s relationships and learning, both in the home, and at school. We will discuss the impact of technology and media on children’s executive functioning, play, resiliency, and communication skills. In addition, we will look at how to reduce the negative impact of, and maximize the benefits of technology-use for children in order to maximize success while in school as well as in the community.

Childcare and light refreshments will be available.

Registration closed.


The Parent Network: Social Media & Your Kids May 23rd, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Guest Speaker: Matthew Johnson, Director of Education, Media Smarts

Understanding the connected world of kids and teens can be challenging for parents as adults don’t communicate online in the same way and are not necessarily using the same social media as their children. Even more challenging is the reality that there’s always a new platform around the corner.

This workshop aims to help parents better understand how their kids are using social networking, and provide them with tools they can use to help minimize negative experiences while maximizing the positive opportunities that social media can offer. Hands-on activities and handouts will be included. Post-workshop activities will provide parents a chance to reflect and build on what they’ve learned in the presentation.

Childcare and light refreshments will be available.

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As a means of fostering parental engagement, school councils of publicly funded schools may apply for grants to support projects focused on engaging parents who may experience barriers such as language, transportation, socio-economic, newness to Ontario's education system or other factors. For more information, please read the terms and conditions, and project guidelines of Parents Reaching Out (PRO) Grants for School Councils.  For Board-specific guidelines, see the OCDSB’s Grants and Funding page.

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