The Center’s design process harnessed the perspectives of over 350 individuals—volunteer leaders, family engagement and education experts, and PTA staff—and analyzed PTA’s unique role in the family engagement landscape.
Launched in March 2018, the Center for Family Engagement aims to increase demand for transformative family engagement. As a volunteer-led organization governed by parent leaders at the national, state, and local levels, PTA represents the authentic talents and passions of parents across the country.
The 24,000+ school-based PTAs, representing approximately 25% of all public schools and over 16 million students, are an untapped resource in creating long-term systems change—from classroom to school to district, state, and federal policy—that values parent voice and leverages family engagement to ensure the success of every child.
To accomplish this vision, the Center will develop and support grassroots parent leaders to champion transformative family engagement practices and policies.