"You CAN educate your child at home!"
The Ontario Federation of Teaching Parents (OFTP) is a provincial
homeschool group providing support to homeschooling families and information
on home-based education to our members and the public at large.
As a collective voice for the homeschooling community in Ontario, OFTP also
serves as an advocacy group and link between the homeschooling community and
the provincial government, school boards and other agencies. Through our liaison
work with the Ministry of Education, we were instrumental in bringing about
an official change in the Ontario government's policy towards homeschoolers,
released in June 2002 as Policy/Program
OFTP is non-profit, run by volunteers, and open to all homelearning families,
inclusive of all languages, all faiths/philosophies and all educational styles.
We enable networking among our members through our newsletter, online homeschool
discussion groups and home-based learning conferences.
OFTP supports parental choice in education as promoted by the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights, Article 26(3):
"Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education
that shall be given to their children."
Unschooling Channel on YouTube
OFTP's own Dr. Carlo Ricci has started an Unschooling Channel on YouTube!
A professor in the Education department of Nippissing University, Carlo
is also an OFTP member, currently volunteering as OFTP liaison. Check
out his videos
on homeschooling and unschooling!
Pour les francophones
Nous avons commmencé la traduction de nos pages en français.
En plus des mêmes renseignements que sur les pages en anglais, il
y aura des pages de ressources spécifiquement pour les parents
enseignants francophones (et pour les bilingues faisant l'immersion à
Pour l'instant, nous n'avons que la page d'accueil,
mais le projet est de traduire tout le site. Voyez ce que nous avons déjà
traduit, puis revenez-y plus tard pour voir notre progrès!
Have questions about home based learning in Ontario?
Explore our website to find out more about the legalities
of home schooling, the resources that are
available to homelearners, where to get homeschool
curriculum materials, finding a homeschooling
support group near you, and the different
approaches families can take to home based education from school-at-home
to unschooling and all the diversity in-between. If you can't find answers
to your questions on our webpages or in our Homeschool
FAQ's, contact us through your local OFTP Area
Rep, send us an email, or call
our toll-free number for help from a volunteer.
Already homeschooling in Ontario? Join the OFTP!
Join the OFTP to support our work protecting
the rights of all homeschoolers in Ontario. Not only do your membership fees
pay for the cost of contacting government officials and school boards through
phone calls and the printing and mailing of advocacy letters and documents,
but your membership also adds to our numbers, which increases our clout to
have an impact. You also receive Membership benefits,
which include the newsletter, email lists, discounts and more.
Already an OFTP member? Volunteer!
Our group cannot exist without the volunteer work of our members. Whether
you can only offer an occasional hour of your time or you're willing to take
on one of the administrative positions that keep the wheels turning, every
contribution of time and energy helps us survive and thrive as a group that
helps all homeschoolers across the province. Many hands make lighter work,
and every little bit helps, so please pitch in!
Unless otherwise attributed, all text and images are copyright
© The Ontario Federation of Teaching Parents, 1996 - current year.
All rights are retained on the logo, photos and articles. Please request permission
before using. Thank you!
The informational text on this site (i.e. text not attributed to a specific
author) is licensed under a Creative
, which allows for reprinting/redistribution as long as the
text is correctly attributed to the Ontario Federation of Teaching Parents,
with a link to the original source webpage.
This is NOT
in any way a permission to reproduce the site in its entirety
nor in large proportion as a new site, but only to incorporate into existing
pages a few bits of information found on the OFTP site, when the information
is relevant to the topic of the target page.