Children First Program Accepting Applications

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Children First: School Choice Trust (Children First), a multi-million dollar education initiative for Ontario families, announced today that the program has begun accepting applications for
education grants for the 2006-07 school year.
Administered by The Fraser Institute and established in 2003, Children First is Canada’s only privately-funded program to help parents in financial need send their children to an independent elementary school of their choice. Since the demise of the Equity in Education Tax Credit, these grants offer the only financial aid available for lower-income families to use at any
independent school in the province.
“Getting this grant for my child is a dream come true,” said Anna Nam, mother of a Children First grant recipient. “Without the program’s help we would not be able to afford the tuition fee. Now we have great hope our son will have a better education and future.”
The program currently provides tuition assistance grants to 800 elementary-school students in Ontario, based solely on financial need. These grants pay 50 percent of the tuition at any of the over 800 independent schools in the province, to an annual maximum of $3,500. The grants are available as early as junior kindergarten and will continue until the students
complete Grade 8.
In the 2006-07 school year, the grants’ value will increase to 50 percent of tuition to a maximum of $4,000 per year to ensure families a broad selection of affordable independent schools. The average tuition at schools chosen by Children First families is currently $4,400 and the average grant just over $2,000.
The program will award about 250 new grants this April by lottery. Parents can apply online at href=”http://www.childrenfirstgrants.ca”>www.childrenfirstgrants.ca,
submit an application by mail, or apply over the phone at 1-866-924-8881. The application deadline is March 31, 2006.
“Children First supports my decision to educate my children in the best possible way,” said Bronwen Chisholm, mother of two children involved in the program. “My children are receiving the learning resources they need, and are growing in their confidence, faith and abilities.”
Children First will be expanding to Alberta, the second province in which the program will be offered, in 2006. Details of that program will be announced at a launch event to be held on Tuesday January 31st, in Calgary.

2 Replies to “Children First Program Accepting Applications”

  1. first i’d like to say God bless you all pepole how work in this program and iwish you all the sucsses in life.Iherd abut the program from my frined i didn’t belive her untel get to the internet and i read it .All ihave to say is go ahaed and help the families in lower income . isragasalih mother of three chlidern Hatim ,Mohamed,Zanab.

  2. Thank you for the opportunity.There really should be more like it.Children are our future and your program has recognized this. GOD BLESS

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