Back-to-School: A framework for taking action on the impact of educational reforms on low-income single mothers was developed by AWARE and the Single Mothers Support Network (SMSN) with funding from Status of Women Canada.
The Back-to-School initiative grew out of the need for a response to changes in the Ministry of Education's funding formula. These changes have created problems for all those involved in the education system. School boards are placed in a difficult situation, for they must fulfill mandated requirements without needed funds. In turn, individual schools are faced with the need to fundraise or ask parents to meet the necessary costs.