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Parent University

Parent Universities provide learning experiences to empower families to support their student's academic success, and to assist parent/guardians in furthering their own education and developing new skills.

Parent Universities offer parents, guardians, and community members learning and training programs on a broad array of topics at CPS school sites across the city at no cost.

Class, workshop, and event offerings include understanding Common Core, GED, ESL, parenting skills, health and wellness, nutrition, understanding Microsoft Office Suite (Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and other programs), financial literacy, job search, and career development strategies.

Each Parent University is equipped with a computer lab, a parent resource room, an office area, and an activity room.

Parent University Campuses

One Parent University campus serves each of 13 CPS Networks. While Parent Universities foster relationships within their communities, CPS welcomes and encourages you to attend events and programs at any Parent University campus.

  • Network 1:  Albany Park Parent University 
  • Network 2: Rogers Park Parent University 
  • Network 3: Austin - Michele Clark/Steinmetz Parent University
  • Network 4: Avondale Parent University 
  • Network 5: Humboldt Park Parent University
  • Network 6: University Village Parent University 
  • Network 7: Pilsen/Little Village Parent University
  • Network 8: Back of the Yards Parent University 
  • Network 9: Bronzeville Parent University
  • Network 10: Ashburn Parent University 
  • Network 11: Auburn Gresham Parent University 
  • Network 12: South Shore Parent University 
  • Network 13: Pullman Parent University

To find out which Network is associated with your child’s school, use the Network Locator.

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FACE2Face Programming

As our district continues to navigate through the COVID-19 health crisis, we want our families and students to know we are here to support them. Family and Community Engagement in Education has launched a series of virtual workshops to help families navigate this new normal. Virtual offerings will be curated by experts and include various topics in the following areas:

  • Academics
  • Arts and meditation
  • Socio-emotional support
  • Technology assistance
  • Direct access to experts from the field

Register For Workshops

Sign up for our mailing list to receive information about upcoming FACE2Face workshops.


View Recorded Workshops

Visit our YouTube channel to view videos of previous FACE2Face workshops.

View Videos

Parent Leadership Council

The Parent Leadership Council will work alongside CEO Martinez to help inform the district’s decision-making, including policies and procedures, initiatives, funding, advocacy, and will receive ongoing training and development from subject matter experts and the district’s adult programs team.  Parents will serve a two year term. 

The PLSC will place a renewed emphasis on families and CPS working together as partners. The Council will help the district in decision making including, policies and procedures, initiatives, funding, advocacy, and will receive ongoing training and development from subject matter experts, and the district’s adult programs team.

CPS encourages all interested parents/guardians to apply to PLC. Participation is free, but requires a time commitment. Applications are available at Parent University campuses, or you can contact the Office of Family and Community Engagement.

Family and Community Engagement in Education (FACE)

773-553-FACE (3223)

42 W. Madison St.
Chicago, IL 60602