Why your School Needs a PTA
By joining PTA, your members are part of the great things that PTA has done for over 114 years. Dues collected through membership help the State PTA and National PTA advocate for our children. The National PTA is the largest volunteer child advocacy organization in the nation. We are the nation’s premier resource for parent involvement. PTA has the vision and determination to push for national education policies. We have been a driving force in establishing school lunch programs, after school care, immunization programs, school bus safety, and TV rating standards before they became law. Your dues helped provide our children with a voice in Washington.
For the cost of a cup of coffee, your members are able to be part of an organization that changed the lives of children.
Not all parent groups are the same. People make the difference. People you can call, and people who can visit your school.
If you are a PTA, you are unique, but you are not alone. You have the support of local field volunteers, a state office and a team of professional and volunteer leaders.
PTAs run units locally, to best suit their students - but over 100 years of parent involvement knowledge is never more than a phone call away.
PTA members are advocates for ALL children - most importantly their own.
Why Your School Needs a PTA
Harnessing the Power of Volunteers
Shrinking budgets. Increasing class sizes. Government mandates. The challenges of delivering quality education are daunting. There is help. It’s the PTA.
It doesn't take much time to get a Parent Teacher Association started either. Find just one parent in your school to take the lead, and before you know it, there will be a group of dedicated parents doing what PTA does best: providing resources and programs to all families.
PTAs Benefit Everyone
PTA addresses issues that are important to parents and public school administrators. We fight for full funding, quality teachers, and capabilities for schools to thrive. If your school or district does not have a PTA, now is the time. Membership is open to everyone. Your PTA is autonomous but supported by a national structure. It sets its own dues.
Some of PTA’s benefits.
- Leverage Volunteer Power. PTA organizes hard-working, dedicated volunteers. Parents are ready to help implement school improvement programs.
- Improve Communication. PTAs frequently coordinate production of a school newsletter and information fliers, keeping the entire school community informed of current events, issues, and accomplishments. Regular meetings allow PTAs to share information with members.
- See Measurable Results. More than 85 research studies conducted over the past 30 years prove that kids do better when parents are involved. Grades are higher. Test scores improve. Attendance increases.
- Discover More Dollars. Local PTAs are self-funding. By inviting the entire school’s parent community to join, they generate membership fees to pay for programs. Local PTA fundraisers support school programs, building improvements, and educational events.
- Tap into Proven Programs. Local PTAs have access to ready-made, easy-to-use programs with proven success records. From health and safety topics, to collaborating with teachers and community members, to fundraising, the programs get results.
- Boost Children’s Well-Being. PTAs focus on what students need to be successful in their learning, including nutrition, health, school safety, physical fitnes and general well-being. PTA works with schools to ensure that children succeed.
- Enjoy Informed Parents. Involved parents understand the challenges schools face and become part of the solution. By developing a closer relationship with parents, student achievement improves, and the school develops a positive reputation in the community.
- Fulfill NCLB Obligations. Finally, PTAs can help schools fulfill the parent involvement requirement of the No Child Left Behind Act. PTA understands the needs behind NCLB. In fact, it’s PTA’s definition of parent involvement that is used in NCLB.