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Saturday December 15th 2018

PTA (Parent Teacher Association)

When your child is old enough to start school you will start to hear a lot about the joining the local PTA and joining can provide a lot of assistance to you and your child throughout their schooling. The PTA is the largest volunteer nationwide organization that helps parents help their children to succeed in the areas of education. There are regional and local groups that make up the entire national PTA.

Understanding what the PTA does

The PTA has a very direct and simple mission. The PTA provides a powerful voice for all children, a resource for families and communities and to be a strong advocate for the education of all children. In order to accomplish their mission there are several different types of PTAs.

    • Early childhood PTAs often start in preschool groups in and out of schools. Parents are contacted and a local group formed to support the needs of the preschool child set. In recent years several studies have shown organized preschool class and groups are more beneficial to the preschool or pre daycare of the past. The theory being it is never too early to start educating your child. Early childhood PTAs help lobby for preschool class in the local schools and funding to support the preschool class. These groups organize parents, caregivers, day care providers and teachers to help form educational programs that benefit the preschool child set.
    • Elementary/Middle school PTAs are usually the first PTAs groups most parents are aware of and join formally. When you enroll your child in school, information about the local PTA group can usually be found in with the enrollment information. Schools with strong PTA group benefit greatly and as a results the children and families benefit. PTA groups can sit down with school administers and discuss the concerns of the teachers and the parents. PTAs can help raise funding for new equipment, field trips, books and other educational programs. The local PTA group builds a working relationship with not only the local school but also the county school boards to aid in accomplishing their mission.
    • Highschool PTAs groups change their title but the mission remains the same. Instead of being Parent and Teacher only, students are also involved. Some groups even have student representation on their governing boards. Engaging the students to have a say about what happens with their education gives them the opportunity to learn and enhance their leadership skills, gives them a sense of pride in their school and teaches them the importance of community involvement.

Joining the PTA

Any adult who cares for the education and well-being of our children can join the PTA. There are dues involved that support the running and maintaining of the local, regional and national PTA groups. The dues are traditionally in line with the surrounding income levels. The dues you pay give you benefits such as:

  • online resources including the Our Children magazine that is full of parenting tips,
  • a parent can opt in to receive electronic newsletters keeping members informed on parenting and legislative issues,
  • discounts and special offers from Member Benefit Providers and National Sponors,
  • leadership training online and through local, state and national workshops,
  • additional state PTA benefits acquired through the state and local groups.

Many parents are unaware of discounts and special offers that are exclusive to members. In many cases the money you save could easily cover the cost of your membership dues. Take a quick look at a sample of the discounts PTA members are provided here.

What does the PTA expect of you

Involvement is what they expect however you can join and pay the dues to help support and that be the only involvement you have. Some parents have other obligations that do not give them the opportunity to be hands on involved and that is ok. If you do have the time volunteering to help fund raisers, enrollment drives, attending State and National conventions and even helping other PTAs members is always needed.

The PTA has been around for over 100 years. It has always been committed to helping children, families and communities to ensure the best advantages and opportunities are available for our children. It is a worthwhile cause even if you can’t be hands on involved. Check out your local PTA and talk to them to get a more in depth view of how you can help them and they can help your children. If you are not sure of your local PTA group you can check to find a local PTA group in your area

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One Response to “PTA (Parent Teacher Association)”

  1. Stephanie Kane says:
    I want to thank you for putting this info out there. I help with my kid’s PTA and when we have enrollment at the beginning of the year new parents are surprised at what benefits there are to being a part of the PTA. As parents we can make a big difference in our kid’s education by joining the PTA.

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