Minister Acknowledges Work Of Home and School Associations

The following is distributed by Island Information Service at the request of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development


Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Gerard Greenan rose in the Legislature today to acknowledge the excellent work being done by Home and School associations to improve student learning.

“Parents have more influence on their children’s learning than anyone else. Home and School associations and parent groups deserve to be recognized for the excellent work they are doing to help parents become more involved their children’s learning and in their schools.”said Minister Greenan.

The PEI Home and School Federation has several innovative projects underway such as a new website that contains helpful information for parents on such topics as good homework practices, parent-teacher interview tips, and how to support student learning in intermediate and high school.

A new Parent Engagement Opportunity Fund offers grants of up to $350 to school-based parent groups in support of parent involvement. Last year, 80 per cent of Island schools participated in activities supported by the fund such as family math nights, homework help for parents, graduation guides, and parent information sessions on new curriculum.

Minister Greenan said the PEI Home and School Federation and la Fédération des parents are powerful advocates for high quality education in the province and its members are to be commended for the strong parent voice they bring to the education system. “We appreciate their excellent perspective and their great suggestions to improve communication and strengthen partnerships between parents and schools,” he said. “Home and School is helping to build a new culture in our schools that is engaging an even broader group of parents and encouraging them to be more involved in decisions that impact their children’s learning and their schools.”

Media contact:
Jean Doherty
Department of Education
902 368 6449