why become a PTA member?

The number one reason to join PTA is to benefit the children. The PTA is the oldest and largest child advocacy association in America. Today’s PTA is comprised of nearly 5 million parents, teachers, grandparents, caregivers, foster parents and other caring adults who share a commitment to improving the education, health and safety of all children. We speak with one voice for every child. 


Everyone— parents, educators, students and other citizens active in their schools and communities—is invited to join our association. Every individual who joins PTA helps not only his or her own child but every child.  Imagine how strong your community could be if every parent, every community member, and every business leader got involved in PTA!  While subscribing to the mission of PTA, members may also join to fulfill personal needs:   

  • Individuals may join to seek a support network

  • Individuals/teachers/families may join for a source of information or a voice

  • Individuals/families may join for opportunities to share their culture

  • Business owners may look for a way to improve their public image

Since PTAs are for everyone, a local unit supports the needs of a wide variety of members—from future parents to senior citizens.  When units do this, they provide value to the community and become a relevant group for community members to join. Members can increase their leadership skills and serve as role models.

There are more advantages to joining PTA, including discovering resources and programs designed for parents, teachers and students, as well as helping to provide effective solutions for positive changes at your child’s school.  In any association, it is crucial to understand the needs of the group in which you serve. Maintaining relevance is the first step in maintaining membership. The work PTA does must be relevant to its community.  We value your presence in our community and welcome your presence, comments, and feedback. 

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