The overall purpose of PTA (Parent Teacher Association) is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.
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 support education through active participation and advocacy. PTAs help parents navigate the local educational system to become effective advocates for their children.
- 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.