What is Parent University?
Parent University is a concept first launched in the 1980s to provide greater opportunities for parent involvement in Kindergarten through 12th grade schools. Parent Universities have become a promising capacity-building mechanism across the country to help families develop knowledge and skills that enable them be proactive in their children’s learning and growth. Parent Universities typically offer a variety of opportunities, including courses, trainings, and family events to help parents ensure their children’s success.
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A Workshop Series to Improve Kindergarten Readiness. Join us for one or our entire series of four classes just for pre-school through Kindergarten children and their parents. Dates, times and locations are on the registration form.
Una serie de talleres para mejorar la preparación para el Kindergarten. Únase a nosotros para una o nuestra serie completa de cuatro clases sólo para preescolar a través de los niños de Kindergarten y sus padres. Las fechas, horarios y lugares están en el formulario de inscripción.
- Activities are fun and engaging for families
- Classes are free
- A light meal will be served
- Each family will receive toys and activities to take home
- Transportation assistance is available
- All parents, caregivers and children ages 3-6 are welcome
Register for Workshop #4 – ABC, 123, Come Explore with Me
May 18, 2017
Place: Main Library, 325 Michigan, Toledo, OH 43604 – Free parking and easy access!
Guest Speakers: Toledo-Lucas County Library and Toledo Area Metroparks
Time: 5:30-7:30 PM
Sponsored by The Anderson Family Foundation
- A light dinner will be served.
- Free childcare is available.
- Transportation assistance is available upon request.
More opportunities added daily!
What is Parent University here in Toledo?
Locally, a Parent Engagement Program under the name of 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 leads 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 are listening to the parents in our community and continue to create a calendar filled with opportunities that 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.
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.
In fall 2015, we collaborated with the YWCA to provide a class focused on Teenagers and Relationships.
America’s Promise Alliance
America’s Promise Alliance is devoted to helping to create the conditions for success for all young people, including the millions currently being left behind. Their work is powered by the belief that all children are capable of learning and thriving, and that every individual, institution and sector shares the responsibility to help young people succeed.
We work with America’s Promise Alliance to inform parents about updates and changes to standardized testing in Ohio classrooms.
College and Career Coach
College & Career Coach (CCC) is a Partners In Education program that impacts students’ and coaches’ knowledge, habits and attitudes, and self-efficacy as they relate to post-secondary success. CCC serves students in grades 5 through 8 at the following Central City Ministries of Toledo Schools:
- Queen of Apostles (CCMT)
- Rosary Cathedral (CCMT)
Parent University partners with CCC in our classes focused on college and career readiness. We introduced the topic in fall 2015 with our “Preparing for College & Career” class, and continued the discussion in spring 2016 with a “College Financial Aid Workshop”. These classes also included partnerships with Owens Community College, Bowling Green State University, and the University of Toledo.
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 we’ve partnership created with The Friendly Center, and continue to work with them to offer “Health By Choice” classes since the first class in October 2015, as well as adding a “growing Healthy Food & Families” class in the fall and partnering for our “Family Resource Fair in June 2016.
ACT Against Violence: Parents Raising Safe Kids
The ACT Raising Safe Kids Program was developed and is coordinated by the American Psychological Association’s Violence Prevention Office. Launched in 2001 and revised in 2006 and in 2011, the ACT Program teaches positive parenting skills to parents and caregivers of children from birth to age 8.
Parent University partners with the University of Toledo, Reynolds Elementary, and The Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities to coordinate ACT Against Violence classes.
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.
We work with The Board of DD to inform parents about their rights and options in our “IEP Family Support Series,” discover alternative approaches to discipline in the “1-2-3 Magic” class, and engage parents in one of our ACT Against Violence class offerings.