Parent Engagement

Encouraging Parent Involvement in Schools

Parent involvement leads to student success

Parent engagement matters. Study after study has shown us that student achievement improves when parents play an active role in their children's education, and that good schools become even better schools when parents are involved. It is recognized that parent engagement is a key factor in the enhancement of student achievement and well-being.

Students are more likely to be motivated, to earn higher grades, to have better behaviour and social skills, and to continue their education to a higher level when their parents are actively engaged in supporting their success at school.

It is equally important to recognize that parent involvement takes many forms.

  • serving on school councils and Parent Involvement Committees (PICs)
  • volunteering for field trips and school activities
  • making sure there is a quiet place set aside to do homework,
  • helping with homework
  • meeting with teachers
  • talking to your child about their day at school.

These are all examples of engaged parents, they are all contributing to their children's education.

To make it easier for parents to get involved, government funding is available to encourage parent involvement.

Find out more about parent involvement in schools at: Parents Reaching Out Grants.

Equity and Inclusive Education in Ontario Schools (PDF, 2.95 MB)