Parent University

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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Upcoming Workshops and Events


Our new fall catalog is here. 

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In September

The first event of the fall is Education Resources Workshop – a great opportunity for parent leaders and PTO members on September 28 at Toledo Museum of Art.

This event is free and open to parent leaders who want to learn more about educational resources and fun learning opportunities for area schools and teachers. Presented by Toledo Museum of Art in partnership with Imagination Station, Toledo Mud Hens, Toledo Area Metroparks, Toledo Zoo, WGTE Public Media, Sylvania Historical Village, Parent University and more.

All in for Kindergarten Series

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
Join us for one or our entire series of four classes just for pre-school through Kindergarten children
and their parents. Choose, any combination of classes or all four – it’s up to you and your family. A
light dinner is provided for all family members.

Click here to register for The first workshop…We’re All in for Kindergarten

Presented by Sommer Clayborne, Partners in Education
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 school.

At 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.

Date: Thursday, September 21, 2017 Location: Toledo-Lucas County Main Library
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 PM 325 N. Michigan St. Toledo, OH 43604


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 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 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. Contact Wendy Easler at 419-242-2122 for  more information.


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.

ACT Against Violence: Parents Raising Safe Kids

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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