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Tools for Your Child’s Success

At National PTA, our mission is to make every child’s potential a reality, so we are invested in your child’s success.

We’re parents too, so we know just how critical you are to your child’s future. That’s why we wanted to share our toolbox to help you navigate all of the academic, social and emotional milestones your child will experience.

These resources were created for you—the parent who’s always on the go, but still looking for a community that offers the best info to help your child excel at school and in life.

Notes from the Backpack: A PTA Podcast

Notes from the Backpack is recorded with busy parents in mind who have a lot to keep up with at home and throughout the school year.

The podcast features 30-minute episodes that will give parents the inside scoop on how to best support your child's success.

Streaming on:

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Notes from the Backpack: A PTA Podcast

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Family Guide to the Annual State Test

Learn how you can help your child be best prepared to meet annual state testing expectations. Guides are available for each state in English and Spanish and include formal assessment information. Learn more.

Parents' Guides to Student Success

The Parents' Guides provide clear, consistent expectations for what students should be learning at each grade in order to be prepared for college and career.

Created for grades K-8 and high school English, language arts/literacy and mathematics.

Parent Guides to Student Success

Our Children Magazine

Our Children Magazine is the unique voice for parents, published by National PTA.

It's created for the parent who’s always on the go and looking for the best info to help their child excel at school and in life.

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Our Children Magazine

Selected Articles

8 Ways to Advocate for Your Child’s Success
Nobody knows the character of a child better than their parent, which is why parents should know how to support their child at school. Find out when and how to advocate on their behalf.

Get Your Morning Routine Back on Track
Don’t let stress sabotage your mornings! We have the perfect formula to help the whole family get back on track with a minimum of fuss.

Parents: The Most Valuable Player in youth Sports is You
Want your child to have a winning youth sports experience? Check your own behavior on the sidelines.

Help Your Child’s Anxiety in the Classroom
Is your child often clingy at drop-off? Do they make frequent trips to the nurse during the school year? They may have classroom anxiety. See what it looks like, and why it’s often mistaken for something else.

How to Raise Kind, Respectful Kids
Good character develops through practice, practice, practice. Here are six ways to teach respect, by practicing the positive and curbing the negative.

How to Help Your Child Prepare for Tests
It’s important to start thinking about study habits at a young age. Don’t wait for a bad test grade to take action. Here are some tips to support your child taking tests at any age.

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