“Parents, families, educators, and communities – there’s no better partnership to assure that all students pre-K to high school – have the support and resources they need to succeed in school and in life.” – National Education Association President, Dennis Van Roekel

Education is a core value of our democratic society, and it is in everyone’s self-interest to ensure that all children receive a quality education. The issues that affect our children extend beyond individual schools, into school districts, at state level, and across the nation.

Today, the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is comprised of more than 4 million parents, teachers, grandparents, caregivers, foster parents, and other caring adults who share a commitment to improving education, health, and safety for children.

How the PTA Program Works

The Parent Teacher Association is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.

More than 24,000 PTAs are located across the U.S., the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and DoD schools in Europe.Parents sit in audience for PTA meeting

Most PTA programs hold an annual general meeting in September, where a committee is elected to run the program. This committee usually consists of a chair, a vice-chair, a treasurer, a secretary, and ordinary committee members. PTA committees usually meet once a term and set up smaller working groups to organize individual events.

The Values of PTA

It is PTA’s mission to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children. The program is effectively able to do so by adhering to the following values:

Collaboration. PTA works in partnership with an array of individuals and organizations to broaden and enhance the ability to serve and advocate for all children and families.

Commitment. PTA is dedicated to children’s educational success, health, and well-being through strong family and community engagement, while remaining accountable to the principles upon which our association was founded.

Diversity. PTA acknowledges the potential of everyone without regard

Respect. PTA values the individual contributions of members, employees, volunteers, and partners as we work collaboratively to achieve our association’s’ goals.

Accountability. All members, employees, volunteers, and partners have a shared responsibility to align efforts toward achievement of the association’s strategic initiatives.

The Impact of PTA

Through advocacy, as well as family and community education, National PTA has established programs and called for legislation that improves our children’s lives, such as:

  • Creation of Kindergarten classes
  • Child labor laws
  • Public health service
  • Hot and healthy lunch programs
  • Juvenile justice system
  • Mandatory immunization
  • Arts in Education
  • School Safety

Why Join PTA?

By joining the Parent Teacher Association, you are benefitting your child and your child’s school.

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  1. Advocacy. PTA unites an array of individuals and organizations to broaden and enhance our ability to serve all children and families. You have a voice in legislative issues.
  2. Networking. Get connected to your local community and share a commitment to our children.
  3. Resources. Gain access to online resources, guides, eLearnings on topics to include family engagement, health & safety, special needs, and college and career readiness.
  4. Programs. STEM, Reflections Arts, School of Excellence, Family Reading Experience, and Diversity and Inclusion
  5. Training & Templates. Receive a wide variety of best practices, toolkits, templates, and online trainings to ensure PTA success.
  6. Publications. Our premier publication Our Children was created for the parent who is always on the go and looking for the best parenting, wellness, education, and PTA community information to help their child excel at school and in life.
  7. Awards & Grants. Direct monetary awards are available that recognize your efforts in enhancing family engagement, literacy, digital learning, diversity, and many other initiatives.
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  9. Volunteer Leadership Opportunities. Increase your impact, skills, visibility, and connections by taking a leadership role at the district or state level
  10. Conferences. Attend state or national PTA conventions which give members the opportunity to gather information, share best practices, and learn from peers to build stronger families, communities and children.

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It is the goal of PTA Programs to encourage involvement by parents and the general community to benefit children and the schools they are learning and growing in. Join your school’s PTA Program today!