Office of Parent and Community Engagement

Parent and Community Engagement

DPSCD believes that having actively engaged parents is critical to improving student achievement.

Our Parent and Community Engagement initiatives, which are geared to helping us increase parent involvement, include training camps that focus on parenting, fun and engaging workshops and much more.

Online portals to track student progress and attendance

Parents also have access to new online portals.

Through Parent Portal, parents and guardians can track up-to-date information about their children’s progress, including attendance and more.

  • ParentPortal FAQ
  • Parent Portal Handout for Parents

Through the district’s new PULSE system, parents, counselors and other school officials will be alerted when students need intervention because of too many absences, missed assignments or other barriers to achievement.

PARENTS: We want to talk to YOU!  Get our TEXTING alerts!

Detroit Public Schools has launched a new service that will enhance parent communication by allowing the district and schools to deliver important information via opt-in SMS text messaging, a service that will be particularly important to announce school closures.

In order to participate in the new service, parents must opt in and indicate a willingness to receive text messages to their phones.

Steps to follow

Parents can simply text any one of the following words to the number 68453:

  • subscribe
  • optin
  • yes

The participant will know he or she is successful if he or she receives the following reply message:

You are registered to receive aprox 3 msgs/mo. Txt STOP to quit, HELP for help.

Participants will want to repeat the opt-in process for any wireless numbers to receive text messages.

In addition to performing the opt-in process above, parents should ensure that the district has their wireless number(s) in the district’s student information database. To do so, parents can contact their school or update their contact information through Parent Connect.

Please note, although the district does not charge for this service, it does not pay for text message charges that may be incurred by parents for sending or receiving text messages. Parents should check with their wireless carrier for possible charges.

Parent Volunteerism – “Parents as Partners”

Parent Volunteer Guidelines

Parent Volunteer Interest Application

Parent Volunteer Waiver

A message from the Michigan Child Protection Registry

Are your children safe while online? Michigan families, especially minors, are becoming inundated with advertisements from alcohol, tobacco, pornography and gambling marketers through different internet and cell phone inboxes. Thankfully, the State of Michigan offers a free program to stop adult advertisements from reaching e-mails, mobile phones (text messaging ads) and instant messenger IDs. The Michigan Child Protection Registry is a free do-not-contact service for Michigan’s families and schools and can be located at

  • Michigan Protection Registry Frequently Asked Questions
  • Child Protection Memo from State Superintendent Michael Flanagan



Join us for our fun and engaging workshops in any one of our 7 Title-1 Parent Resource Centers and in our One Stop Support Shop Parent Resource Center at Drew Transition Center!

Parent Resource Centers Locations and Hours

Resources for Parents

Parent Involvement Policies



“Thank you so much, I would not have found a job without your help.”

“Thank you so much, I would not have found a job without your help.”
Mr. Abdulhakim Said, who had been out of work for over a year and got computer training so he could conduct online job searches. The staff set him up with an e-mail account and helped him land a job. He frequently visits the center to check his e-mail.

“I think the centers are beautiful! I have an e-mail address now and I’m learning the computer. It is just such a beautiful and relaxing place.”
Radford Mobley, who uses the Parent Resource Center at Brenda Scott

“It was very comfortable and a lot of help. (They are) a big improvement to the school, neighborhood, and even the community.”
Tamara Simpson, who uses the Parent Resource Center at Marcus Garvey

Essence Parish, who visits the Parent Resource Center at Taft daily. She says the staff is very welcoming and warm. They have helped with parenting workshops, getting social work services and assisting with getting boot camp information , and they served as advocates for her when dealing with school administration.

“The Parent Resource Center is a great place to come out and get resources and workshop training and especially Homework Help, to learn how to understand your child’s homework. What I enjoyed the best was the Blueprint Agency, which helped me prepare a resume, and the job search help and computer training.”
Kaili Berry-Burton, who visits the Parent Resource Center at Central High School

“The food box voucher came at a time when I found myself in need of some assistance. I lost my job and I appreciate the assistance. Thank you so much!”
Adama Cunningham, who uses the Parent Resource Center at Cody High School