Parent University

Knowledge and Skills for Stronger Families.

Parent University offers a variety of opportunities, including courses, training, 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 to be proactive in their children’s learning and growth.

Parent University with Toledo Public Schools

Parent University was launched in 2015 by Toledo Public Schools through Partners In Education. 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. In the fall of 2019, Parent University is transitioning to Toledo Public Schools with some assistance from Partners in Education.


Partners in Education  provides consulting services for parent-teacher organizations and booster organizations. For information and help, please call Partners in Education at 419-242-2122.

Partners in Education will host two different types of training through Parent University in the fall 2019 and spring 2020:

  1. Free Triple P Parenting Classes (see class registration links on the right side of this page)
  2. Free 501c3 training for parent and booster organizations affiliated with TPS schools. (see class registration links on the right side of this page)

Click here for the Final Course Listing for Parent University Classes Provided by Partners in Education 

(Meals, transportation assistance and materials are provided for each of the workshops offered through Partners in Education. Registration for the above classes is available on the right side of this page. Or call Erin O’Bryan at 419-242-2122)

Parent University Catalog 2019-2020 from TPS Schools is available here

(Registration for other classes in the Parent University catalog, please contact Alina Rodriguez at [email protected] or 419-671-0413)


For more information on TPS’ Parent University, please visit

Parent Engagement – Contact Us About a Partnership

1. All in for Kindergarten Workshops

Preschool and Kindergarten Parent/Child Series

Sessions offer meals, childcare for non-preschoolers and help with transportation if needed. Presented by various speakers and presenters.

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:

  • Special toys so parents and children may work together at home on skills needed to be considered Kindergarten ready. It’s all about creating family-fun memories.
  • Resources for families to take home to assist with fine and gross-motor development, social-emotional skills and academic skills
  • Time to ask questions of an early childhood specialist regarding Kindergarten readiness

Thank you to Toledo Community Foundation and The Andersons for their past support of these opportunities for families. And many thanks to our partners, Family House – Toledo Area Metroparks – Toledo Lucas County Public Library, WGTE Public Media, Toledo Head Start and YWCA.


2. Customized Family Workshops for Schools and School Districts

Need help involving and engaging parents in your school? Partners in Education is here for you.

We can contract with you to coordinate parent events that maximize parent attendance, evaluate parent learning and encourage greater engagement. Events can run the gamut from academic-focused family fun nights to scholarship & financial aid nights to parent cafes.

Contact Erin O’ Bryan at 419-242-2122 to find out how we might help you.

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 partnering on Parent University as their district-wide parent engagement program, launched in Fall 2015.  Many 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.

Metroparks of the Toledo Area

The mission of Metroparks Toledo is to conserve the region’s natural resources by creating, developing, improving, protecting, and promoting clean, safe, and natural parks and open spaces for the benefit, enjoyment, education, and general welfare of the public.




Triple P: Positive Parenting Series is back!

Please join us! There will be a light dinner and childcare available and transportation help if you need it. Please register at the link below. Registration is required for childcare.

Triple P: Healthy Bedtime Routines Discussion

October 22, 2019 from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Reynolds Corners Branch Library, 4833 Dorr St, Toledo, OH 43615

Partners in Education and TPS Parent University presents
the Triple P Parent Series this Fall

This discussion topic explores different problems parents
commonly face at bedtime and some of the reasons why
they happen. The skills children need to get into a good
bedtime routine are discussed and parents are introduced to
positive parenting strategies to help prevent problems. The
approaches to encouraging children to stay in their own bed
throughout the night are discussed: the gentle, the gradual,
and the direct approach. All approaches are evidence-based
and parents choose which approach suits them best

Register for this discussion group here:

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Free for Parents and Caregivers
Volunteer Training Best Practices
Wednesday, October 23 from 6:00 – 7:30pm
1320 W Sylvania Ave, Toledo, OH 43612

Light refreshments will be served.

Please register here:


Triple P: Managing Your Child’s Aggression and Fighting

November 12, 2019 from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Heatherdowns Branch Library, 3265 Glanzman Rd, Toledo, OH 43614

In this session, parents are encouraged to share their
experiences of aggressive and destructive behavior from
their children and discuss some of the reasons children fight.
This group covers the skills that children need to be able to
cooperate and get along with others. Parents learn how to
teach skills such as sharing, communicating, and being gentle.
They also prepare plans to manage times when fighting and
aggression does occur

Register for this discussion group here:

See more details

Learn More

For more information on all Parent University classes for the 2019-2020 school year, contact Alina Rodriguez at [email protected]

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