For more than a 100 years, 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


The Mission of Indiana PTA is three-fold


  • To support and speak on behalf of children and youth in the schools, in the community, and before governmental agencies and other organizations that make decisions affecting children
  • To assist parents in developing the skills they need to raise and protect their children
  • To encourage parent and community involvement in the public schools of this state and nation

Our Vision


PTA will strengthen its role in shaping the local, state and national agenda for the health, education and welfare of children. PTA will enter the future with the diversity of the state represented and reflected in its membership, responding to the needs of its members, refined in its governance structure, strengthened in its leadership, and fiscally sound. PTA effectiveness and accountability will result in a substantial increase in both the number and commitment of its members. Positive social change will occur through PTA involvement in child advocacy, parenting education and educational reform.


PTA Purposes


  • To promote the welfare of children and youth in home, school, places of worship, and throughout the community;
  • To raise the standards of home life; 
  • To advocate for laws that further the education, physical and mental health, welfare, and safety of children and youth; 
  • To promote the collaboration and engagement of families and educators in the education of children and youth; 
    To engage the public in united efforts to secure the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social well-being of all children and youth; and 
  • To advocate for fiscal responsibility regarding public tax dollars in public education 23 funding. 


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.