Friday, March 22, 2013

What sets the PTA apart from other parent groups?

What sets the PTA apart from other parent groups?
Today’s PTA is a thriving child advocacy association. Our nearly 5 million members form a nationwide network of families united in their commitment to improving the education, health, and safety of all children. We speak with one voice for every child.
Today’s PTA is more connected, dedicated, and advocacy-minded than ever before. We do not limit ourselves to bake sales; we strive for meaningful policy changes and educational improvements. The results of our mission benefit all children nationwide, even those who do not attend a PTA school.
PTAs working toward bringing healthy options to their school cafeterias also band together to help influence the national nutrition standards for school breakfasts and lunches. PTAs worried about school safety pool their ideas and take their shared concerns to the school board to secure systemic improvements. And PTAs facing school budget cuts rally to preserve state and federal appropriations for education.
Moreover, PTAs have access to several benefits, including dozens of national programs, experts, and turnkey resources, as well as State PTA leadership training, parent involvement resources and much more. Additionally, PTAs are eligible for prestigious national awards and millions of dollars in grants to help build their capacity and skills.
Administrative factors also set the PTA apart from other parent groups. The PTA offers a national and state infrastructure with staff to assist PTAs in securing nonprofit status, filing government paperwork, creating bylaws, purchasing low-cost insurance and training leaders. These support services are available at no additional cost after membership.