PTA History

For more than 100 years, the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) has provided support, information and resources to families focused on the health and education of children. The organization was founded in 1897 in Washington DC as the National Congress of Mothers by Alice McLellan Birney and Phoebe Apperson Hearst. If not for these women and their vision and determination, there would not be a PTA—an organization that has been woven into the very fabric of American life.


Our Mission

Purposes of PTA

(Taken from the National PTA Bylaws, Amended June 26, 2019)


Article II—Purposes


Section 1. Objectives. The purpose or purposes (Objects) which the corporation will hereafter pursue are:

     A. To promote the welfare of children and youth in home, school, places of worship, and throughout the community;

     B. To raise the standards of home life;

     C. To advocate for laws that further the education, physical and mental health, welfare, and safety of children and youth;

     D. To promote the collaboration and engagement of families and educators in the education of children and youth;

     E. To engage the public in united efforts to secure the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social well-being of all children and youth; and

     F. To advocate for fiscal responsibility regarding public tax dollars in public education funding.


Section 2. Awareness.​ The purposes of the National PTA are promoted through advocacy and education in collaboration with parents, families, teachers, educators, students, and the public; developed through conferences, committees, projects, and programs; and governed and qualified by the basic principles set forth in Article III.


Section 3. Federal Status.National PTA is organized exclusively for the charitable, scientific, literary, or educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or corresponding section of any future federal tax code (referred to as “Internal Revenue 31 Code”). 


PTA's mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.


PTA Values

Collaboration: We will work in partnership with a wide array of individuals and organizations to broaden and enhance our ability to serve and advocate for all children and families.

Commitment: We are dedicated to children’s educational success, health, and well-being through strong family and community engagement, while remaining accountable to the principles upon which our association was founded.

Diversity: We acknowledge the potential of everyone without regard, including but not limited to: age, culture, economic status, educational background, ethnicity, gender, geographic location, legal status, marital status, mental ability, national origin, organizational position, parental status, physical ability, political philosophy, race, religion, sexual orientation, and work experience.

Respect: We value the individual contributions of members, employees, volunteers, and partners as we work collaboratively to achieve our association’s goals.

Accountability: 
All members, employees, volunteers, and partners have a shared responsibility to align their efforts toward the achievement of our association’s strategic initiatives.