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Get Ready for Season 8 of the Notes from the Backpack Podcast!

This season we will feature experts giving you advice on everything from vaping to a child’s friendships. Listen to our previous seasons and look for new episodes debuting Sept. 13, 2023. Listen now.

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Prep Your Child for Success

School of Excellence Enrollment

Concerned about student well-being or academic achievement? With the School of Excellence program, you can identify the biggest need in your school community and empower all families to help. Learn more and enroll at

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Reflections 50th Anniversary


Art has always been an emotional outlet, especially for the youth. Introduce art in your home often this summer, from large projects to coloring, and let your family express themselves. Download the Reflections activities to spark creativity at

What Your Child Should Learn This Year

Get the ultimate guide—by grade—on what your child will learn in English, literacy and math. It will help you use everyday activities as teachable moments to reinforce what your child learns in school. Check them out.

Help Your Child Succeed in Key Learning Areas

National PTA, in partnership with the National Education Association created guides to give parents valuable tips to help their child succeed throughout their academic journey. Get the guides.

Your Family Guide to State Testing

Use our state-by-state tool to get important information about the state tests this school year. Review your state’s testing guidelines.

New School Year, New Devices, New House Rules

The Smart Talk is a free tool that helps families set digital safety ground rules together. National PTA and Norton want to help families facilitate positive conversations and set smart boundaries that influence our habits around: 

  • Privacy and security
  • Communication
  • Media choices
  • Health and wellness
  • Ongoing conversations

Start The Smart Talk today!

The Smart Talk

Prioritize Health and Wellness Throughout the Year

How to Maintain a Healthy Mind in School and at Home

It’s important to support a child’s mental health before, during and after challenges arise. Our resources will help make mental health an everyday priority, woven into your family’s regular routines, to help your child navigate through all they experience throughout the school year. Find helpful tools.

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Healthy Lifestyles

Healthy Lifestyles Program

Living healthy means more than just eating a well-balanced diet—it includes your physical, mental and emotional well-being. Check out our initiative to promote healthy bodies, healthy minds and a healthy earth in our school communities. Learn more.

Fact Sheets: Protecting Access to Education for Unaccompanied Children and Migratory Children

The Civil Rights Division (the Division) of the U.S. Department of Justice and the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education jointly issued two resources for families and educators on protecting access to education for unaccompanied children and migratory children in K-12 schools.

In both fact sheets, the Departments highlight specific challenges faced by unaccompanied children and migratory children, explains to families where to go for help and aims to help public schools understand their responsibilities to serve unaccompanied children and migratory children under federal law.

Membership with PTA

Become a National Supporting Member

As a PTA National Supporting Member, you are part of a nationwide network of parents, children, educators and community leaders working together for the benefit of youth everywhere. Your membership helps make every child’s potential a reality. Become a National Supporting Member today.

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If you're not a current member, please join PTA to support the students and families in your community. We want every family in our schools to join PTA, because we can do more together than apart.

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