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 offers three 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 information on the right side of this page)
  3. Free consulting services for parent-teacher organizations and booster organizations. For information and help, please call Partners in Education at 419-242-2122.

(Meals, transportation assistance and materials are provided for each of the workshops offered through Partners in Education. Registration for 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)

Partners in Education would like to thank Toledo-Lucas County Public Library for their partnership on parenting classes.


Toledo Lucas County Public Library

With additional help provided by Aetna and Food for Thought.

Thank you!


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.

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 parents through the Triple P program as well as programs for nonprofit parent and booster groups. Thank you TLCPL!

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.




List of Upcoming Events

We are working with our partners to reschedule our events into later this spring. Please check back for new dates and times as well as registration info. Thank you!

Triple P Positive Parenting Program: Healthy Bedtime Routines Discussion Group

This discussion topic explores different problems parents commonly face with children 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.

A FREE light dinner will be served.
Transportation and childcare assistance is available. 


Triple P Positive Parenting Workshop – The Power of Positive Parenting

Positive Parenting presenters introduce parents to the five key principles of positive parenting that form the basis of Triple P.
These principles are:
• Ensuring a safe engaging environment.
• Creating a positive learning environment.
• Using assertive discipline.
• Having reasonable expectations.
• Looking after yourself as a parent.

A FREE light dinner will be served.
Transportation and childcare assistance is available. 

Triple P Positive Parenting Workshop: Raising Confident, Competent Children 
In this seminar, parents are introduced to six core building blocks for children to become confident and successful at school and beyond.
These competencies are:
• Showing respect to others.
• Being considerate.
• Having good communication and social skills.
• Having healthy self-esteem.
• Being a good problem solver.
• Becoming independent

A FREE light dinner will be served.
Transportation and childcare assistance is available. 

Triple P Positive Parenting Workshop: Raising Resilient Children
Parents are introduced to six core building blocks for children to manage their feelings and become resilient in dealing with life stress.
These competencies are:
• Recognizing and accepting feelings.
• Expressing feelings appropriately.
• Building a positive outlook.
• Developing coping skills.
• Dealing with negative feelings.
• Dealing with stressful life events.

A FREE light dinner will be served.
Transportation and childcare assistance is available. 

Fundraising Dos and Don’ts for Parent and Booster Organizations and other Nonprofits

Cost: FREE

Learn how to ensure your organization is compliant with IRS and State of Ohio fundraising regulations. Not following the rules can cost your organization money and its tax exempt status.

A light dinner is included. Transportation assistance is available.


The 411 on Filing Your 990 (and other tax forms)


Nonprofits do have to file tax forms. Learn what to file with the IRS and State of Ohio to keep you compliant and to be successful every tax year.

A light dinner is included. Transportation and childcare assistance is available.

Learn More

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

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