Office of Parent and Community Engagement

Parent and Community Engagement

DPS 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.

Detroit Public Schools, through a performance-driven partnership with Detroit Parent Network, also operates eight parent resource centers that are comfortable spaces for parents and guardians to meet. The centers, which are geographically placed across the city, provide training and resources to parents of DPS students, helping them be involved in their children’s education. This Title I initiative was developed with input from parents and guardians, community leaders and the Detroit Parent Network.

What our parents are saying

“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


More about our Parent Resource Centers

Our eight parent resource centers are comfortable community gathering spaces equipped with multiple computers, phones, sofas, small libraries, play areas for children, check-out academic tool kits and more.

We offer expert-led workshops, child care, GED support, job training, support groups, MEAP assistance, book clubs, sessions on Title I programs, college information, coffee talks on parent engagement and other offerings.

The centers are designed to involve, connect and empower parents to help children reach academic success and serve as a hub for training and resources. Light refreshments are provided at each center.


Parent Workshops

More information on Parent Resource Center hours, locations and current workshops »


Parent University

In Spring of 2014, Detroit Public Schools kicked off its new Parent University, a semester of coursework for parents and guardians in four subject areas allowing them to earn first-ever “Parent Leader” certification.

A total of 33 free classes are being offered in December 2014.

Registration is occurring now through November 28 at the district’s eight Parent Resource Centers. Courses are open to all DPS parents, primary caregivers and guardians. Classes for this semester, which are two hours long, will be conducted December 1 through January 23

Providing parenting skills and increasing parent involvement are major elements of Detroit Public Schools’ five-year Strategic Plan, through which this year the district launched the first phase of another nationally modeled program – Home-School Teacher Visitations. The visitations add to ongoing robust parenting programs throughout DPS, including workshops at eight regionally located Parent Resource Centers.

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The Parent University model has been successfully introduced in several forms throughout the United States. The DPS model includes:

  • The formation of a collaborative of support organizations vested in parents from Head Start to college
  • The development of a professional curriculum for parents tailored to the district’s parent population
  • The opportunity for Parent University graduates to be trained Parent University instructors
  • The opportunity for Parent University graduates to be placed into internships with partner agencies serving on the collaborative group
  • Insight from session leaders who are experts in their discipline from the partner agency collaborators

Participants can take classes from four possible tracks:

  • Track 1: Student Success – Helping children of all ages
  • Track 2: Life Skills – Maximizing your potential
  • Track 3: Parenting – Effectively raising children
  • Track 4: Leadership – Inspiring others with a vision

Graduation requirements are: Completion of 10 classes during the semester. For more information, please call 313-240-4377 or visit any Parent Resource Center.

Parent University Resources


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.

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”

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





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

Title I Parent Resource Centers

Bennett Elementary School

(313) 216-5685
2111 Mullane Street, Detroit, MI
Room 112

(313) 866-9497
18445 Cathedral, Detroit, MI
Detroit International Academy

(313) 873-3578
9026 Woodward, Detroit MI
Ludington Magnet Middle School
Room C11

(313) 494-7674
19501 Berg, Detroit, MI
Marcus Garvey Academy
Room 405

(313) 245-3935
2301 Van Dyke, Detroit, MI
Osborn High School
Room 121

(313) 245-3356
11600 E 7 Mile Rd, Detroit, MI
Room 112

(313) 216-5675
7840 Wagner, Detroit, MI

Special Education Parent Resource Center

Charles R. Drew Transition Center

9600 Wyoming Street, Detroit, MI

Parent Resource Centers Hours

School Monday–Thursday Friday
Bennett Elementary School 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Closed
Cody 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Closed
Detroit International Academy 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM Closed
Charles R. Drew Transition Center 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Closed
Ludington Magnet Middle School 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Closed
Marcus Garvey Academy 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Closed
Osborn High School 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Closed
Priest 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Closed


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





Monica Johnson
Program Supervisor

Fisher Building,
Suite 601-A
3011 W. Grand Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48202

Phone: (313) 873-7490
Fax: (313) 873-7446

Steve Wasko
Assistant Superintendent, Community Relations

Phone: (313) 873-4892
Fax: (313) 873-4565