Why PTA

It’s a Fact: Kids Do Better When Parents are Engaged in Their Learning

For more than 120 years, National Parent Teacher Association (National PTA®) has worked toward bettering the lives of every child in education, health and safety. Founded in 1897 as the National Congress of Mothers by Alice McLellan Birney and Phoebe Apperson Hearst, National PTA is a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education.

As the largest volunteer child advocacy organization in the nation, National PTA is the conscience of the country for children and youth issues. 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

What is the difference between PTA and Unaffiliated Organizations such as a PTO? Click here to learn more… 

PTA helps you be engaged, learn and advocate at the local, state and national level. Click here for more family resources.

PTA Center for Family Engagement
Families are critical to their student's success. PTA's approach to family engagement is paving the way to the future. Learn more about The Center for Family Engagement, a National PTA Initiative.

National Resources & Info

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