Parents’ involvement in their children’s education has a significant impact on students’ academic and developmental outcomes.
Parent involvement in education
Helping your kids succeed in school
Discover the top four things parents can do to help their kids succeed in school.
Our tip sheets will help you understand the school system and how to help your child succeed.
Learn about Ontario's province-wide tests, how the results are used, and how to help your child prepare.
Health and Physical Education
Find out what students learn in Health and Physical Education, and what Daily Physical Activity (DPA) is.
High school courses and choices
Learn about the course choices available in high school and why it is important to consider these choices carefully.
Find out how you can support your child and what to do if they are struggling with their homework.
Parent involvement that makes a difference
Learn what kinds of parent involvement are most effective in supporting student success.
Learn how to prepare for parent-teacher interviews, what kinds of questions to ask, and how to follow up afterwards.
The Safe Schools Act
Learn about Ontario's Safe Schools Act and the consequences for students who break the rules.
Learn about Ontario's sex education curriculum, including an overview of what students learn in each grade.
Solving problems at school
Find out what to do if you need to talk to the teacher about a concern regarding your child's education.
Find out what to do if you think your child needs special education support, and the types of support available.
Who does what in education
Learn about the structure of Ontario's education system, including schools, school boards, and the Ministry of Education.
Doing what matters most:
How parents can help their children succeed in school
We reviewed thirty years of research from Canada, the United States and England. Our findings show that the kind of involvement that makes the biggest difference to students’ chances for success in school isn’t what most parents might expect. Based on this research, we have created tip sheets for principals, teachers and parents about doing what matters most.
Parent Involvement Research & Resources
Fundraising and equity: Strategies for more inclusive school fundraising
In this session from PFE's 2017 Making connections conference, panelists look at the latest data on school fundraising and the issues about equity, both between and within schools.
Fundraising and fees 2017
This report is an excerpt from our annual report on Ontario's publicly funded schools. It examines school-based fundraising and fees, and the growing gap between schools in terms of the amount of money raised.
How the province funds parent involvement
The province spends approximately $6 million per year to support parents' involvement in Ontario's education system.
People for Education conference takeaways
We invited our conference speakers to share a few key takeaways and resources, and here's what we've heard so far...
Parent Involvement Committees: Supporting links between Ontario’s school boards and Ontario’s parents
This report is based on findings from a 2015 survey of Parent Involvement Committees (PICs) and Comités de participation des parents (CPPs) by People for Education.
Building capacity for family engagement
Karen Mapp describes the origins and goals of the new family engagement framework adopted by the U.S. Department of Education.
Doing what matters most: How parents can help their children succeed at school
We reviewed thirty years of research on parent involvement, and the kind of involvement that makes the biggest difference to students’ chances for success in school isn’t what most parents might expect.
The Parent Inclusion Manual
What helps parents feel connected to their children’s schools? This manual includes research on parent involvement, and features tips and ideas from parent and community organizations to support parent engagement at school.
Parent Engagement: Creating a shared world
In a paper for the Ontario Education Research Symposium, Dr. Debbie Pushor distinguishes between parent involvement and parent engagement, and talks about parent engagement as an alternative way to connect parents and teachers.