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.


Register for Upcoming Classes – Click on the workshop name to register

Parent U Course Catalog – Spring 2017 – 11 x 17

Upcoming Workshops

All In For Kindergarten

Parent University registro de eventos para All in For Kindergarten – En español

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 to participate

Register for Workshop #4 –  ABC, 123, Come Explore with Me

Date: 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

All in for Kindergarten Flyer (1)

Sponsored by The Anderson Family Foundation


Date: May 24, 2017

Place: Main Library, 325 Michigan, Toledo, OH 43604  – Free parking and easy access!

Guest Speakers: Toledo-Lucas County Library

Time:  5:30-7:30 PM

This is a no-cost family-friendly event for all ages.
Appetizers, hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served free of charge. (Registration is required so that we may plan our food and materials needs).
  • Transportation assistance is available upon request.


More fun and learning opportunities added daily! 

Visit our Parent and Community Activity Calendar for more opportunities.


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.

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

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 area programs that provide ACT to help market these opportunities across the region.

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.


How can I get involved?

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May 29, 2017
  • Zumba Class with Elaina Hernandez (Salvation Army)

    May 29, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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  • Cardio Drumming (Sofia Quintero Art and Cultural Center)

    May 29, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

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  • May 29, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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May 30, 2017
  • Cardio Drumming (Sofia Quintero Art and Cultural Center)

    May 30, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am

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  • Cardio Drumming (Sofia Quintero Art and Cultural Center)

    May 30, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

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May 31, 2017
  • Cardio Drumming (Sofia Quintero Art and Cultural Center)

    May 31, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am

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  • Parenting Today's Kids - 11 Week Session (Catholic Club)

    May 31, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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June 3, 2017
  • Parent Support Group (NAMI)

    June 3, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

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