Education Minister Kay Hallahan today invited Government primary school P&C associations to apply for grants to stage literacy and numeracy workshops.
Mrs Hallahan said the $100 grants would cover costs involved in running workshops for parents to learn how to use the new 'Parents as Partners' literacy and numeracy kit produced by the State Government.
The kit was part of a strategy to involve parents in improving the language, reading, writing and spelling abilities of their children.
"Research shows that parents are one of the most important influences on a child's learning experiences," she said.
"The kit shows parents how they can help their children in very practical ways."
Mrs Hallahan said sound literacy and numeracy skills were vital building blocks for successful learning.
"The Government has embarked on a massive literacy and numeracy drive to boost the skills of the State's 143,000 Government primary school students," she said.
"The innovative First Steps literacy and numeracy program - of which the parents' kit is part - will be extended to 549 Government primary schools over the next three years at a cost of $6 million."
Further information was available from the Office of Education and Training on 321 6800.