To make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.
PTA was founded in 1897 as the National Congress of Mothers by Alice McLellan Birney and Phoebe Apperson Hearst.
In 1970, the National Congress of Parents and Teachers (National PTA) and the National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers (NCCPT), founded by Selena Sloan Butler in Atlanta, merged to serve ALL children.
National PTA has become a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education.
Achievements & Programs:
As the largest volunteer child advocacy organization in the nation, National PTA is the conscience of the country for children and youth issues. Through advocacy, as well as family and community education, National PTA has established programs and called for legislation that improves our children’s lives, such as:
- Creation of Kindergarten classes
- Child labor laws
- Public health service
- Hot and healthy lunch programs
- Juvenile justice system
- Mandatory immunization
- Arts in Education
- School Safety