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 to be proactive in their children’s learning and growth.

Parent University in Toledo

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. Our Parent University catalog and calendar offer access to FREE classes and opportunities for parents and adults involved in the lives of all Toledo-area students.

Classes are located throughout the Toledo, Ohio area – most offer free childcare 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, the parent/caregiver, with information and resources.

Our Parent Advisory Board, made up of parents and caregivers in Toledo, helps us 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 parents and schools to create the best possible future for your child. Contact Parent University at 419-242-2122 for more information.


Our new catalog has arrived. Look for print copies in all area TPS schools or view our online version below.

Click below for a PDF of the 2017-18 classes being offered through Parent University and our partners.

Parent University 2018-19 Catalog


Upcoming Parent University Workshops and Events

These are listed on the right side of this webpage.

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Specialized Workshops – Contact Us About a Partnership

All in for Kindergarten Workshops

Preschool and Kindergarten Parent Series at Family House Shelter

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

This series is 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 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.


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

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.

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.




Upcoming Events:


Special Parent/Community Volunteer Training – Children in Trauma

In Lucas County, many of our public school children have experienced trauma. When a child experiences trauma, the impact is very often life-changing. Studies have found that children who experience trauma are more likely to suffer from asthma, depression, unemployment, substance abuse, and perform poorly on standardized tests. Often, behaviors that may look like defiance or disrespect may actually be survival/coping skills for students. This workshop, presented by a specialized trainer in trauma-informed care, will present helpful information on how volunteers can best serve students who have experienced trauma.
Date: October 22, 2018
Location: Mott Library, 1085 Dorr Street. Toledo
Time: 5:30-7:00PM
Cost: FREE
Presented by Erin Peterson in partnership with Toledo-Lucas County Public Library

Triple P: Positive Parenting Discussion Series – Managing Fighting and Aggression

Presented by: A Renewed Mind
A community of parents learning from and supporting one another.
Learn tips and tricks for helping children self-regulate during times of stress and acting out.
Date: November 1, 2018
Location: Learners for Life Development Center, 3750 Monroe Street, Toledo
Time: 6:30-7:00PM
Cost: FREE
Register here!

Funding Your Student’s Future Mini-Series

Workshop #1- Scholarships = Free Money for College
Join Toni Shoola on November 6 at the Life Revitalization Center for an evening of great information on helping your student get to college without incurring loans or debt.
Location: Cherry Street Mission Ministries’ Life Revitalization Center- 1501 Monroe St., Toledo, Oh 43604
Time: 5:30-7:30 PM
Cost: FREE

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