Canada's first 'education bank' in Scarborough could fail without additional support

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Since the April 12 announcement that closed Ontario’s schools indefinitely, Canada’s first “education bank” has struggled to keep up.

“The demand has gone from 35 to 60 kids per week to over 300,” Theresa Pastore, executive director of Parents Engaged in Education (PEIE), said this month.

The needs low-income families face in helping their children learn and plan activities at home are so great they threaten to overwhelm PEIE’s project, the education bank, in Scarborough, Pastore wrote in an email.