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In October, National PTA’s Every Child in Focus campaign centers on the Urban Child. Using the PTA National Standard for Family-School Partnerships, we will explore ways PTAs can welcome and support urban families in the school community.

We have created information and resources on the unique challenges urban families face and ways PTAs can better support these families in achieving student success.

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How Your PTA Can Better Support Urban Families

  • Read our PTA One Voice Blog for PTA Success Stories and additional resources. You can also share your blog! We want to hear local and state PTA success stories on supporting student success through diversity and inclusion. Use our blog share tool to tell us your story.
  • Share the Parents' Guides to Student Success. These standards provide clear, consistent expectations for what students should be learning at each grade in order to be prepared for college and career.

About Urban Children and Families

According to the World Health Organization, the urban population is expected to almost double by the middle of the 21st century. Students in urban areas are more likely to live in low-income families and less likely to graduate from high school than their counterparts in suburban and rural areas, representing a critical population in which to inspire a lifelong love of learning and increase family engagement in schools.

  • Students in urban areas are less likely to graduate from high school than their counterparts in suburban and rural areas. (Source: America’s Promise Alliance)

Ways to Engage Urban Families

Find resources and tools to help urban families support their child and improve their school. These resources can also help PTAs can better support urban families.

About Every Child in Focus

National PTA’s Every Child in Focus is a campaign centered on strengthening family engagement in schools by celebrating important cultural distinctions and achievements, while highlighting solutions to potential educational issues. 

Each month, National PTA will spotlight the educational issues surrounding a particular group, highlight their accomplishments and focus on ways to foster Family-School Partnerships. Follow our Every Child in Focus Calendar for materials to help families and PTAs learn more about each group.