National PTA, as directed by its board of directors, provides leadership, programs, support, and resources to its members at all levels of the association. National, state and local PTA are connected—forming a nationwide network of members, working for every child, with one voice. View the Types of PTAs.
PTA at the local level is linked to the state PTA and the national PTA organization, forming a nationwide network of members working on behalf of all children and youth.
Because of its connections to the state and national PTAs, the local PTA is a valuable resource to its school community with:
- Access to programs to benefit children, youth, and their families
- Recognition and size to influence the formulation of laws, policies, and practices—education or legislative.
Early Childhood PTAs
Preschool groups often round up parents from several neighborhoods and various early-childhood programs. They involve child-care providers, grandparents, and others concerned with the education and development of children from birth to age five.
Elementary/Middle School PTAs
PTAs serve as a type of forum where parents, teachers, administrators, and other concerned adults discuss ways to promote quality education, strive to expand the arts, encourage community involvement, and work for a healthy environment and safe neighborhoods.
PTSAs actually provide youth members with the opportunity to make a difference by developing leadership skills, learning about the legislative process, increasing their self-esteem, and contributing to the school. In turn, adult members gain a new perspective for program development, as well as acquire a better understanding of the youth of today.
Special Education PTAs
PTA believes that all children have the right to a quality public education, which allows each child the opportunity to reach his or her fullest potential. Special Education PTAs are designed to help parents advocate for special-needs children.