• Value of PTA Membership


    "With more than one million members, California State PTA is the largest volunteer organization in the state dedicated to improving the well being of all children and youth.

    Joining PTA supports local, state and national efforts to improve the education of children and the lives of families. Membership provides the opportunity for individuals to raise their voices with others throughout the state and nation to protect children’s rights. Membership ensures that PTA’s voice is heard on issues affecting young people as well as providing opportunities for parent education, communication and leadership development.

    Getting involved in PTA builds skills in leadership, communication and advocacy. Active members are a valuable community resource for starting and maintaining projects to benefit children." (1.)

    PTA is a Membership Association


    "Any individual who chooses to support PTA can become a member by paying dues to a PTA or PTSA. Membership at a unit includes membership in the council (if in council), the district level, California State PTA and National PTA. Membership is signified by an official membership card and expires on October 31 annually.

    Each PTA is a separate association giving services to a specific group of children, but is a part of the California State PTA and National PTA. Members having children in more than one school may wish to join multiple PTAs to support the youth at each child’s school."(1.)

     

    PTA Membership Benefits Your Child & Our Schools (2.)


    Academic studies prove that kids do better when parents are involved
    √ Grades are higher

    √ Test scores improve
    √ Attendance increases

    Connects you to a network
    √ Share ideas, concerns and experiences with others in the school community
    √ PTA events provide opportunities to meet other parents and teachers

    Means more informed parents
    √ PTA parents understand the challenges schools face – and become part of the solution
    √ PTA parents support improving education, both locally and legislatively
    √ Parent awareness = improved student achievement = school develops a positive reputation in the community

    Boosts children’s well-being
    √ PTA focuses on what students need to be successful in learning
    √ PTA works with school administrators to ensure that children are prepared to succeed

    Gets you connected and adds your voice to others

    √ PTA meetings = opportunity for you to share information with other members
    √ PTA = a way for you to effectively suggest change at your child’s school


    References:

    1. California State PTA: "Value of PTA Membership", http://www.capta.org/sections/membership/value-pta-membership.cfm#pta
    2. California State PTA: "Membership Basics", http://www.capta.org/sections/membership/ideas.cfm