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Parents Belong in PTA

You belong in PTA! ...and so do your relatives, neighbors and friends... Spread the word!

For less than 3 cents a day, you can become a PTA member, joining more than 4 million other people who share your interest in issues affecting children.

Everyone—parents, educators, students and other citizens active in their schools and communities—is invited to join our not-for-profit parent association.

The number one reason to join the Parent Teacher Association is to benefit your child. In doing so, you also help your school.

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But there are many more PTA advantages:

Parents Belong in PTA

  • Get Connected

    There’s no better way to know what’s happening in your school.

  • Discover Great Resources

    The PTA offers a variety of programs designed for parents as well as students.

  • Tap into a Network

    PTA functions are opportunities to meet other parents and teachers, building rapport and discussing issues that are on your mind. You can share ideas, concerns, and experiences.

  • Watch Yourself Grow

    By volunteering with your PTA, you put your skills and hobbies to use for a noble cause—your child and all children in the community.

  • Speak Up

    PTA can be a way for you to more effectively suggest change at your child’s school.

  • Witness Improvement

    By getting involved at your child’s school you’ll be part of the solution, helping make positive changes. Local PTAs play an important role by supporting building improvements through advocacy and play an important role in fundraising for curriculum based programs and social events.

  • Be a Role Model

    By becoming a PTA member, you’ll be demonstrating to your child the importance you place on education.

  • Enjoy Substantial Benefits

    Individuals and local units can take advantage of a host of benefits from PTA membership including discounts and offers from member benefits providers and sponsors, magazine subscriptions, leadership training, e-newsletters and much more.

10 Reasons You Belong in PTA

Amplify your voice. PTA trains parents to advocate for children by taking actions and building coalitions that make positive change. Through PTA, you are informed about what you can do to affect local, state and federal policies that most impact children, families and schools.

Have fun and meet new people! Show your passion while making new lifelong friends from across your community, state and country that share your commitment to children.

Save time and effectively run your PTA. Use the Local PTA Leader Kit and an array of eLearning courses full of best practices and downloadable tools to help you lead your PTA and manage finances, grow membership, plan programs, fundraise, communicate with families and partner with school administrators to advocate for school improvements.

Access resources and grants for your family engagement efforts. Apply for funds or choose from an extensive collection of guides and digital tools for parents, including topics such as college and career preparation, child safety, navigating special needs and much more. 

Participate in PTA’s nationally-recognized student and family programs. Encourage students to explore the arts through Reflections, the nations largest and longest running student arts program. Use PTA’s program kits and apply for grants to engage families in health and safety, literacy, bullying prevention, digital safety and STEM.

Gain recognition and national visibility for improving your school. Participate in National PTA’s School of Excellence program to strengthen your family-school partnership by engaging families in supporting student success and continuous school improvement. Earn national recognition that is celebrated at your school, in your district and across your state.

Share timely parenting info. Our premier publication, Our Children Magazine, was created for the parent who’s always on the go and looking for the best parenting, wellness, education and PTA community info to help their child excel at school and in life. Share these and even hotter topics from our weekly digital publication PTA Weekend Update. If parents should know it, we cover it!

Benefit from money-saving deals. PTA members save time and money on major brands. Check for the latest offers.

Transform parent leadership into professional development. Increase your impact, visibility and connections by taking a leadership role on PTA boards in your state—or with National PTA. We support you every step of the way with in-person, mobile and digital learning experiences, as well as mentors who become your champions for life.

Create the village that helps to raise kids and strengthen schools and communities. PTA believes we can make every child’s potential a reality—but we need more believers. We need you.

Find a Local PTA

There are more than 20,000 PTA units across the country, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Europe, and Puerto Rico. Contact your State PTA to find a local unit near you. Contact National PTA® at info@pta.org or (800)307-4782 for more information.

The PTA Advantage

The PTA’s nationwide network provides parents with the forum and tools to collectively influence the decisions that affect children not only at their schools, but also throughout their districts, within their states, and across the nation. This mission is unique to the PTA. Learn about The PTA Advantage.

Benefits of PTA Membership

View the membership benefits and incredible values offered to members of PTA from a range of generous providers.

Top Schools Supported by PTAs

The latest U.S. News & World Report ranking of America's best high schools shows that six of the top 10 are PTA schools.