The overall purpose of PTA is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children. PTA has been advocating for children and families for more than 117 years. Our work is to bring into closer relation the home and the school, so that parents and teachers may cooperate intelligently in the education of children and youth, through fun and informative programs. We develop united efforts between educators and the general public that will secure for all children and youth the highest advantages in physical, mental, and social education. The National PTA comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators and business and community leaders COMMITTED to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools. The PTA difference is directly related to the quality of the association, its programs, and membership involvement.
What Does It Mean to Be a PTA?
PTAs benefit everyone. Strong schools mean stronger communities. PTA membership is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health and welfare of children and youth.
- PTAs improve children’s well-being by focusing on what students need to be successful in their learning, including proper nutrition, safety and healthy environments.
- PTAs keep parents informed. Involved parents can understand the challenges schools face and become part of the solution.
- PTAs help schools fulfill parent involvement requirements mandated by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act–No Child Left Behind (ESEA–NCLB). Why? Because PTA’s definition of parent involvement is the definition used in ESEA–NCLB.
- Getting involved in PTA is the best way to utilize parent involvement. More than 85 rigorous research studies conducted over 40 years show that kids do better when parents are involved.
- Grades are higher. Test scores improve. Attendance increases.
- Every PTA unit selects its own programs and activities. While National PTA creates many successful programs for local units to use, there are no required programs.
- PTAs are independent of school systems yet collaborate in their local communities with administrators, lawmakers and community-based organizations. They can make the decisions that will best serve their needs.
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