Parent University

Parent University: Knowledge and Skills for Stronger Families.

Parent University offers a variety of opportunities, including courses, trainings, and family events to help parents ensure their children’s success.

The concept of Parent University launched in the 1980s to provide greater opportunities for parent involvement in Kindergarten through 12th grade schools. Parent Universities have become a promising nationwide program to help families develop knowledge and skills that enable them be proactive in their children’s learning and growth.

Parent University in Toledo

Here in Toledo, Parent University was launched by Toledo Public Schools through Partners In Education in 2015. Our community calendar offers access to FREE classes and opportunities for parents and adults involved in the lives of all Toledo-area students. Our goal is to inform and empower parents and help schools and the community form stronger bonds that lead to student success and happy, healthy families.

Classes are located throughout the Toledo, Ohio area – most offer free child care or involve families in joint programming. Some programs offer meals and transportation assistance. Our classes bring together community organizations, businesses, higher education and Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 school leaders, teachers, fellow parents and caregivers to connect you with information and resources.

We listen to the parents in our community to create a calendar filled with opportunities parents tell us they need most. Partners In Education’s Parent Engagement Manager can also connect you to volunteer opportunities in your child’s school to learn more about the school, the teachers and the nonprofit partners that are working with you to create the best possible future for your child. Contact Parent University at 419-242-2122 for  more information.


Upcoming Parent University Workshops and Events

Click on the workshop name or button to register.

Our winter/spring catalog is now online. Look for print copies in all area TPS schools.


FINAL_Spring-Parent U Class Catalog 2017-2018

Third Grade Reading Guarantee
Presenter: Melissa Lodge, TPS Assistant Director Curriculum
Developing reading skills early is the key to having an avid reader. Encouraging students to achieve up to grade level encourages them throughout their academic years through to adulthood. Come for an event complete with tips for ensuring your student is achieving up to grade levels but also find out about creative ways to support your student.
Date: Thursday, January 25, 2018
Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: Heatherdowns Library
3265 Glanzman Rd, Toledo, OH 43614Call 419-242-2122 to register. Register online at

Parent University Advisory Board Meeting
Presented by Partners in Education
Discover the fun and friendship of parents sharing ideas and help Parent University be the best it can be in service to our area parents and caregivers. This is the opportunity to contribute to the design and implementation of programs available to parents. Your voice is needed as we plan for student academic success. We meet quarterly. You can choose which meeting each month is best for you.

Call 419-242-2122 to register or register online at:

Parent Advisory Board Meeting (1/24/18) –


Date: Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: Heatherdowns Library
3265 Glanzman Rd, Toledo, OH 43614


Free Volunteer Training

Are you a parent, caregiver or neighbor volunteering in TPS Schools?

Please come to the free volunteer training for all TPS volunteers.

You will learn best practices when working with and near children and TPS’ policies for volunteers.

Volunteer Training (2/1/18 at S. Toledo Library) –


Volunteer Training (3/8/18 at West Toledo Library) –


If you are thinking about volunteering, this training will be helpful explaining the background check requirements, areas where volunteers are needed and how you can help.


All in for Kindergarten Workshops

All sessions are free of charge and offer meals, child care for non-preschoolers and help with transportation if needed. Presented by various speakers and presenters

This series presented for residents of Family House through a grant from Anderson Family Fund at Toledo Community Foundation.  A light dinner is provided for all family members.

Parents and children learn together about Kindergarten-readiness, the Kindergarten Readiness Assessments
that schools give and the best way to prepare children for success in elementary schoolAt each session, families receive:

  • A special toy (one per child) to help students develop gross motor skills while mastering counting and other preschool skills
  • Resources families to take home to assist with gross motor development
  • Time to ask questions of an early childhood specialist regarding Kindergarten readiness
  • Games that families can play together. It’s all about creating family-fun memories.


Thank you to Toledo Community Foundation and The Andersons for their support of these opportunities for families.

Learn about the importance of Early Learning and Kindergarten in this video from Ohio Department of Education



Toledo Public Schools

Toledo Public Schools’ mission is to produce competitive college and career ready graduates through a rigorous curriculum across all grade levels by implementing Ohio’s New Learning Standards with fidelity. Toledo Public Schools serves students of the city of Toledo and is the fourth largest in the state.

Parent University serves Toledo Public Schools by providing Parent University as their district-wide parent engagement program, launched in Fall 2015.  Many of our classes are lead by TPS administrators, teachers, and parents and TPS partners. Together, we are working to support a community of engaged parents who work with their children’s’ schools to enhance student success.

YWCA Northwest Ohio

The YWCA of Northwest Ohio works to eliminate racism and empower women. They provide safe places for women and girls, build strong women leaders, and advocate for women’s rights and civil rights in Congress.

We collaborate with YWCA on learning opportunities for parents with young children.

The Anderson Foundation

Offers grants primarily for community funds, higher and secondary education, and cultural programs; support also for social service and youth agencies, civic and community efforts, educational and research associations, and religion.

In 2016,  the Board of Trustees of the Anderson Foundation partnered with the Toledo Community Foundation to release a special funding opportunity to area nonprofit organizations providing services that are aligned with the goals of Aspire. Parent University received a grant through this opportunity for our All in for Kindergarten initiative.

Toledo-Lucas County Public Library

The Toledo Lucas County Public Library provides information, education and technology to help the community live, learn and grow. TLCPL partners with Parent University to provide programming for all ages.

The Friendly Center

The Friendly Center has a wide range of services and programs to support the many needs within our community. These programs are designed to empower our neighbors in North Toledo with resources to enhance their lives.

Parent University values the  partnership created with The Friendly Center, and continue to work with them to offer classes for parents and families.

Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities

The Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities embraces the philosophy of self-determination, an approach for planning individualized services and supports. It is their mission to assure that people with developmental disabilities have the same opportunities and life experiences as all other citizens.


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January 22, 2018
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    Zumba with Elaina Hernandez

    January 22, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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January 23, 2018
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    Job Fair (Premier Banquet Hall)

    January 23, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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January 24, 2018
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    Parent Advisory Board Meeting

    January 24, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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January 25, 2018
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    Third Grade Reading Guarantee

    January 25, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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