Welcome to the 2014-15 School year!
The PTA is the oldest and largest volunteer child
advocacy association in America. Alice McLellan Birney and Phoebe Apperson
Hearst founded the PTA before women had the right to vote and social activism
was popular. They believed mothers would support their mission to eliminate
threats that endangered children, so they started a nationwide campaign.
On Feb. 17, 1897, more than 2,000 people—mostly mothers, but also fathers, teachers, laborers and legislators—attended the first convocation of the National Congress of Mothers in Washington, D.C. Twenty years later, 37 chartered state congresses existed.
National PTA is the conscience of the country for children and youth issues. Through advocacy many of the benefits our children receive today were accomplished as a result of the PTA mission including:
- Child labor laws
- Public health service
- Hot and healthy lunch programs
- Juvenile justice system
- Mandatory immunization
- Arts in Education
- School Safety
- Universal Kindergarten
Today’s PTA is comprised of more than 4 million members who share a commitment to improving the education, health, and safety of all children. The PTA speaks with one voice for every child.
The issues that affect our children today extend beyond their individual schools. The PTA’s nationwide network provides parents with the forum and tools to collectively influence the decisions that affect children not only at their schools, but also throughout their districts, within their states, and across the nation.