PTA Resources


PTA Resources      

The money that goes to PTA is not “money taken away” from schools. It is put back into the organization to provide services and resources to members so that they can be more effective at helping their children and schools.

PTA offers highly valued training and support, California State PTA and district and council PTAs are made up of trained and passionate volunteers who have led local units. They provide personal support to local units and assist with legislative issues, training, tax changes, parent involvement, and many other items that specifically support PTAs and help increase opportunities for all children.

PTA is an extremely well-recognized organization that has worked to make significant, positive changes for all children, including school breakfast and lunch programs, nationwide polio vaccinations, and most recently, parent involvement standards in the federal act known as “No Child Left Behind.”

The portion of dues local PTAs send to state and national PTA is low (only $1.75 to national and $1.25 to California State PTA), but the return on investment is very high.

National PTA’s growing list of resources currently includes:

o        18 comprehensive campaigns and programs including Reflections Program, Honorary Service Awards, Scholarships/Grants, and Legislation.

o        5 national award recognitions

o        An annual convention (and one state convention in each state)

o        Dozens of print publications, including Our Children magazine

o        A resource-filled Web site

o        8 national print and e-newsletters, as well as state newsletters and websites

o        10 e-learning courses

o        Live workshops

o        Member discounts at popular retailers


California State PTA’s resources include:

o        More than a dozen major campaigns: Parent Involvement, SMARTS, Awards, Diversity, Student Involvement, Special Education, Education, and Community Concerns

o        An annual convention and Legislation Conference

o        The Toolkit, numerous Pocket Pals and brochures

o        A website, the official newsletter PTA in California, four e-newsletters and Legislative Alerts

o        Parents Empowering Parents Guide for parent engagement

o        An Emerging Leaders mini-conference, leadership field services,  and live workshops

o        Coordination of National PTA programs such as Reflections

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