From online classes to unfamiliar routines, this past year has been a whole different kind of learning for educators, parents, and students.
If you’re looking for educational resources and having a hard time knowing where to start, there’s a new online platform aimed at helping parents adjust to the changing school environment. The Fédération des comités de parents (FCPQ) and the English Parents’ Committee Association (EPCA) recently launched Parents.Quebec, a site where resources are gathered in one central location. The information is intended to complement Open School (Ecoleouverte.ca) — a platform launched in spring 2020 by the Quebec Government.
Parents.Quebec amalgamates resources for parents to support their school-aged children according to their specific needs, and makes it easier to find resources by specific region and age of the child.
In the Resource Directory on the website, users choose between browsing as a student or as a parent. From there, information can be searched by topic; whether that be for children with learning disabilities, managing distance learning, children dealing with personal or family life difficulties, and more.
A Montreal-area parent seeking information concerning their child and dyslexia will be directed to five organizations that may be able to help, including Inspirations, The Literacy Foundation, l’Institut des troubles d’apprentissage, the Montreal Centre for Learning Disabilities, and The PANDA association.
If you’re in Laval and looking for ways to support your child’s learning, the website will point you toward LEARN, Open School, and Phelps Helps.
A joint effort
For several years, the FCPQ and the EPCA have wanted to increase support for parents and assemble the resources that are available in one location. Together, and with the help of the Government of Quebec, they have made the shared vision a reality.
“While Parents.Quebec is being launched during the pandemic, it is the result of many years of hard work, developed partnerships, and repeated requests from parents,” explained Kevin Roy, president of the FCPQ. “The daily lives of families have been turned upside down since last March, and the situation shows more than ever the importance of having a tool that answers parents’ questions and helps them find resources according to their needs.”
The Quebec Government also recognizes the struggles that parents and students are facing as they juggle school, work, and anxiety due to the pandemic. “This tool will become a valuable reference to answer their questions,” added Education Minister Jean-François Roberge. “Like Open School, Parents.Quebec is added to the list of resources and concrete means available to promote student success.”
The site is rolling out in two phases. Currently, parents and students can find organizations specific to their region that offer support services and further information to support educational success. Phase two is currently in development for spring 2021.
About the English Parents’ Committee Association of Quebec (EPCA)
The English Parents’ Committee Association is the official voice of Quebec’s English public school parent community. Supporting school board Parent Committees and speaking with one voice for parents and their children, EPCA represents more than 100,000 students in all dealings with the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur (MEES) and across all levels of government.
About the Fédération des comités de parents du Québec (FCPQ)
For more than 45 years, the FCPQ has been bringing together the parent committees of Quebec’s School Service Centres and supporting parent volunteers in public elementary and secondary schools in order to ensure the quality of education offered to children.
About Open School
The Open School Ecoleouverte.ca platform was designed by the Quebec Government to allow students to carry out activities during the suspension of classes due to COVID-19. The site remains active and brings together thousands of resources for learning, creating, having fun and staying active.