Parent University

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 be proactive in their children’s learning and growth.

Parent University in Toledo

Here in Toledo, 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 listen to the parents in our community to create a calendar filled with opportunities 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 Parent University at 419-242-2122 for  more information.


Upcoming Parent University Workshops and Events

Click on the workshop name or button to register.

Most workshops offer free dinner and childcare.

Our winter/spring catalog is now online. Look for print copies in all area TPS schools or view the online version below.

FINAL_Spring-Parent U Class Catalog 2017-2018

Everything Credit:  the Ins and Outs of a Good Credit Score and How to Maintain It

with the Financial Opportunity Center

Monday, April 16
(Two times) 10AM-12PM or 5:00PM-7:00PM
ProMedica Ebeid Institute
1806 Madison Ave., Toledo, OH 43606

Everything Credit (4/16/18 AM or PM)  –

Family Fun Night: Math Edition

Presenters: Lynn Flanagan and Denise Brown

This workshop allows parents to engage their family in all kinds of path fun plus tips and tricks to ensure your TPS student is performing math at grade level and on track for graduation. PreK-8th grade students and parents welcome.

Date: April 25, 2018
Time: 5:30-7:30
Location: Sanger Branch Library

Register online today at

Triple P Power of Positive Parenting Series


Registration (3/5 and 3/12 and 3/19/18) –

This special Triple P series is for both Spanish and English speaking parents.

The dates are March 5 (The Power of Positive Parenting), March 12 (raising Confident, Competent Children) and March 19 (Raising Resilient Children) from 5:30-8:00PM at Locke Library on Miami Street.

Free light dinner is provided along with childcare for children ages 3-11.  You may attend any one event but we would love to see you at all three.

Keeping Your 501(c)(3) Status

For Parent Organizations – Boosters, Alumni, PTOs and more

Presented by Partners in Education

This workshop features loads of information to make sure you and your parent- run organization members are operating effectively. Staying compliant is important and helps keep the awesome work you do going strong. Register online below or call 419-242-2122. Light dinner is provided.

March 28, 2018
TPS Thurgood Marshall Board Room
1609 Summit Street, Toledo

Register here:

Cookies and Conversation Special Workshops at Select TPS Schools

Register online below or call 419-242-2122. Most workshop times 5:30-6:30.

No dinner is provided but dessert and beverages are.

Cookies and Conversation – Pickett Academy (3-7-18) –

Cookies and Conversation – Rosa Parks Elementary (3/13/18) –

Cookies and Conversation – Harvard Elementary (3/14/18) –

Cookies and Conversation – Harvard Elementary (4/18/18) –

Cookies and Conversation – MLK Jr. Academy for Boys (3/23/18) –

Cookies and Conversation – MLK Jr. Academy for Boys (4/20/18) –

Parent University Advisory Board Meeting
Presented by Partners in Education
Discover the fun and friendship of parents sharing ideas and help Parent University be the best it can be in service to our area parents and caregivers. This is the opportunity to contribute to the design and implementation of programs available to parents. Your voice is needed as we plan for student academic success. We meet quarterly. You can choose which meeting each month is best for you.

Date: Wednesday, May 16 or May 23
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: West Toledo Library (May 16) Heatherdowns Library (May 23)

Call 419-242-2122 to register or register online at:

Parent Advisory Board Meeting


Free TPS Volunteer Training

Are you a parent, caregiver or neighbor volunteering in TPS Schools?

Please come to the free volunteer training for all TPS volunteers.

You will learn best practices when working with and near children and TPS’ policies for volunteers.

Volunteer Training (3/8/18 at West Toledo Library) –


If you are thinking about volunteering, this training will be helpful explaining the background check requirements, areas where volunteers are needed and how you can help.

All in for Kindergarten Workshops

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 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 schoolAt 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.

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.

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.

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.