Thursday, February 2, 2017

A Walk Through PTA History

Source: Recap from Arkansas PTA

  • The Early Years
    • PTA was founded in 1897.  The founders had a dream to change the minds of parents, the public, and the government in order to improve the lives of children.
    • National Congress of Mothers established in 1897 by our founders
    • The Founders of the PTA
      • Alice McLellan Birney - A teacher and widow with two children
      • Phoebe Apperson Hearst - Mother of publishing giant William Randolph Hearst
    • First Meeting Held in Washington, DC in 1897
      • The first meeting of the National Congress of Mothers was held in Washington, DC on February 17th, 1897.  News spread of this new congress and cause and their voices were heard all across the country.
    • First Annual Meeting the following year 
      • The following year, more than 2000 attended the first annual meeting in Washington, DC.
    • Publicly Against Discrimination in an Era that Condoned It
      • In an era where discrimination was tantamount, the PTA welcomed ALLmembers regardless of color, creed, or condition.
    • Concerned about Health and Sanitation Issues for Infants and Youth
      • At it's founding, gave lessons such as the "Cradle Lesson" amongst others to help teach others about health and sanitation.
    • Advocated for a Separate Juvenile Justice System
      • National PTA advocated for a separate Juvenile Justice System so that children wouldn't be tried and incarcerated as adults.
      • This is the basis for the juvenile justice system today
    • Advocated for Child Labor Laws
      • National PTA advocated for Child Labor Laws to protect children against unsafe work practices and conditions
  • Early 1900's
    • President Theodore Roosevelt serves on PTA Advisory Council of Fathers
    • Chartered a Network of State Organizations and Built a Network of Mothers
      • Via an official Plea for the formation of Parent's Clubs in Connection with Schools
    • National PTA Supported Early Childhood Education (Kindergarten)
      • National PTA fought for the establishment of Kindergarten as part of the public school system.
    • Advocated for Sex Education to Pre-pubescent Youth
      • As early as 1916, PTA advocated that sex education be taught to children before reaching puberty.
  • 1920's
    • Encouraged Greater Moral and Spiritual Education of Children
    • Provided Reviews of Moving Pictures
    • Began the First "Drive Safely" Campaign
    • Another Founder - Selena Sloan Butler
      • One woman who took up the parent-teacher cause was African-American teacher and child advocate, Selena Sloan Butler.
      • Attended PTA Conferences and in 1926 founded the National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers (NCCPT) in states where segregation was legally sanctioned.
      • From the onset, the National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers admitted into its ranks all who cared for the "betterment of child life".
    • Summer Round-Up
      • A Nationwide Children's Health Project created by PTA and the U.S Bureau of Education.
      • Helped educate parents and had every 1st grader registered and examined by a doctor and dentist before entering school.
      • It was the first means to gather a standardized assessment of school children's health.
    • 1929 - Stock Market Crashes
      • Millions lost their jobs, and many schools were closed
      • PTA Advocates for Federal Aid to Re-open Schools and provide Meals
        • National PTA advocated for federal aid to be used to reopen closed schools and to provide school lunch programs for needy children.
  • 1930's 
    • NCCPT Calls for Leaders 
      • NCCPT called for African-Americans to assume leadership positions as superintendents and board members in segregated school districts.
    • Selena Sloan goes International 
      • Selena Sloan presented early childhood information at conferences of the Nursery School Association of Great Britain.
    • PTA Becomes an Official Co-Sponsor of American Education Week
  • 1940's - World War II Era
    • PTA Establishes War Emergency Committees
      • During the war years, PTA established War Emergency Committees, organized paper and scrap drives, and created "safe houses" where children could find refuge in case of attack.
    • NCCPT Organizes First Aid Instruction, Salvage Drives, and War Bond Purchases
    • National PTA and the United Nations
      • National PTA was a consultant to the U.S. Delegates when the United Nations was founded in 1945.
    • Hot Lunch Program
      • PTA advocated for the establishment of a Federally Funded School Lunch Program.  Today this program feeds more than 26 million children a day.
  • 1950's
    • Fighting Polio
      • One of PTA's greatest achievements was its work with the March of Dimes to implement a nationwide polio vaccination program.
      • Local members across the country volunteered to administer the vaccine to 1.8 children in 1954.
    • Desegratation - Brown vs Board of Education
      • The Brown vs Board of Education decision declared school segregation unconstitutional and changed the face of public education.
      • After the Brown vs Board of Education decision, the PTA and NCCPT held their conventions in conjunction with one another.
      • Separate local units began to desolve and unite as one entity to work for children.
    • Sputnik Launched in 1957
      • In response to this launch, the U.S. education focus changed to emphasize math and science in all grade levels.
      • PTA worked diligently to aid the U.S. Congress in passing the National Defense Education Act.  This legislation sought to close the science gap.
  • 1960's
    • PTA Membership Soars to Over 12 Million Members
    • Formal Merge of PTA and NCCPT
      • In 1966, the two associations began formal talks about unification and formally merged in 1970.
      • Despite riots in some areas because of racial tensions, integration proceeded effectively enough to see many local units of the NCCPT merge with local PTA units.
    • Anti-Smoking Campaigns
      • All PTA Units encouraged to educate children on the health hazards of smoking cigarettes.
      • PTA sought to inspire young people to become the first smokeless generation.
    • Mary Lou Anderson creates Reflections
      • In 1969, Mary Lou Anderson, then Colorado PTA President, created the arts achievement program called Reflections.
      • Today, more than half a million students participate in Reflections each year.
  • 1970's
    • NCCPT and PTA Formally Merge
      • The NCCPT and PTA formally merged on June 22, 1970 and so did their identical missions --- to improve the lives of all children.
    • Headline: National PTA Putting TV on Probation
      • PTA commission investigates issues of increasing TV violence, how women are depicted, and effects on the children.
      • Findings reveal need for parents to more carefully supervise what their children watch.
    • Urban Outreach
      • In 1977, PTA initiated the Urban Education Project to identify crucial problems confronting urban schools and develop new and dynamic strategies for solving urban problems.
    • Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974
      • PTA counts as a victory the passage of this act.
      • The law gave parents the right to inspect their child's school records and correct and challenge them if necessary.
  • 1980's - Education Reform
    • PTA Opposes Massive Cuts in Federal School Lunches and Nutrition Programs
      • When the Reagan administration sought massive cuts in federal school lunch and child nutrition programs, PTA made it's voide heard.
      • PTA went on record opposing all legislation that disproportionately affected children
    • "Looking In On Your School" Project
      • In response to public concern over the condition of schools, PTA initiates the "Looking In On Your School Project".
      • The project was designed to promote teamwork among parents, principals, teachers, and students to improve public schools.
    • HIV/AIDS Education
      • PTA undertakes massive public education campaign to explain the nature of HIV/AIDS to parents, children, and youth.
  • 1990's
    • Child Safety
      • From seat belts to bike helmets, PTA has always called for the highest standards of safety for children.
      • With the help of corporate sponsors, PTA produces and distributes bike safety and bus safety information and Public Service Announcements.
    • Parent Involvement
      • Parent involvement becomes buzzword of the education community
      • PTA hosts Parent Involvement Summit where 28 education organizations meet to discuss what each can do to encourage greater parent involvement
    • Urban Outreach
      • Ebony co-develops a video with National PTA titled, Guide to Student Excellence featuring interviews with Dr. Maya Angelou and Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund.
    • PTA Joins the World Wide Web
      • In 1995, National PTA launches its first website at
      • Today, PTA's website attracts more than 3 million unique visitors a year
    • PTA and TV Ratings
      • PTA advocates for a television rating system that will help parents know thecontent of TV programming, not just age appropriateness
      • FCC adopts TV rating system with content codes in 1998
    • Parent Involvement Standards
      • PTA publishes the first National Standards for Parent/Family Involvement Programs in 1998
      • These standards would later define "parent involvement" in the No Child Left Behind Act
  • 2000-2008
    • Building Successful Partnerships
      • National PTA publishes "the" book on parent involvement -- Building Successful Partnerships
      • Based on the six national standards, the book provides a blueprint for developing successful parent involvement programs that work
    • Hispanic Initiative
      • PTA steps up translation efforts on more parenting resources than ever before, including national advertising and its website
      • PTA also launches Hispanic Initiative in three pilot states to identify and mentor Hispanic leaders within the organization.
    • Five Cents Makes Sense Campaign
      • Less than 3 cents of every federal dollar goes to education funding
      • PTA enacts Five Cents Makes Sense Campaign to lobby Congress for 5 cents of every dollar to fully fund all educational programs for our public schools
    • National PSAs
      • National PTA and The Ad Council launch national Public Service Announcements in English and Spanish to increase awareness of the need and benefits of parent involvement
      • The media has donated more than $600 million worth of advertising placements to carry our PSAs and help spread our message
    • Responding to Tragedy
      • During this decade, PTA also responded to national tragedy and disaster --- first to September 11 and then to Hurrican Katrina.
  • As PTA Enters a New Century
    • Parent involvement will remain at the core of everything we do
    • Health and Safety issues will continue to be priorities
    • We'll hold steadfast on increasing funding for public schools

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

PTA Take Your Family To School Week!

Source: National PTA

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How to Welcome Families During Take Your Family to School Week
For over 120 years, National PTA has been encouraging families to get more involved in their child’s education. Help us celebrate during Take Your Family to School Week—Feb. 13-17.
Not sure what event to host?
We've created fun, pre-planned family education events for you:
Don't forget to promote your event!
Use our promotional fliers, posters, invitation letters and social media messages to generate excitement and awareness for your Take Your Family to School Week at
Make sure to tag your social media posts with the hashtag #PTAProud so other PTAs can see them!
Want to brag about your event?
We'd love to hear from you! Submit your story to

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

PTA Member Benefits Savings

Source: National PTA One Voice

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January 30, 2017
Happy New Year! 2017 is going to be a great year to be a PTA member. National PTA is excited to share our member benefits with you. Check out some of our member benefits below or visit for more info or download our flier. Share with a friend!
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Monday, January 30, 2017

Nomination of U.S. Secretary of Education designee Betsy DeVos update

Sent on behalf of Laura Bay, National PTA President

PTA Leaders,

As you may know, tomorrow January 31, 2017 the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee is scheduled to vote on the nomination of U.S Secretary of Education-designee Betsy DeVos.  The Committee is holding an executive session beginning at 10:00am ET and Ms. DeVos’ nomination is on the agenda for consideration.  You can watch the committee meeting via livestream

Additionally, I would like to share with you the statements and letters National PTA has either issued or signed onto: 

Founders Day 2017

National PTA History

For more than 100 years, National Parent Teacher Association (National PTA®) has worked toward bettering the lives of every child in education, health and safety. Founded in 1897 as the National Congress of Mothers by Alice McLellan Birney and Phoebe Apperson Hearst, National PTA is a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education.
Today’s PTA is a network of millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools. 

· Legacy ·  Founders’ Day · Historical Timeline ·


birney.jpgAlice McLellan Birney and Phoebe Apperson Hearst founded the organization when women did not have the right to vote and social activism was not popular. However, they believed mothers would support their mission to eliminate threats that endangered children, and in early 1897, they started a nationwide campaign.
On Feb., 17, 1897, more than 2,000 people—mostlyhearst.jpgmothers, but also fathers, teachers, laborers and legislators—attended the first convocation of the National Congress of Mothers in Washington, D.C. Twenty years later, 37 chartered state congresses existed.

In 1970, the National Congress of Parents and Teachers (National PTA) and the National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers (NCCPT)—founded bybutlerSelena Sloan Butler in Atlanta, Ga.—merged to serve all children.

As the largest volunteer child advocacy organization in the nation, National PTA is the conscience of the country for children and youth issues. Through advocacy, as well as family and community education, National PTA has established programs and called for legislation that improves our children’s lives, such as:
  • Creation of Kindergarten classes
  • Child labor laws
  • Public health service
  • Hot and healthy lunch programs
  • Juvenile justice system
  • Mandatory immunization
  • Arts in Education
  • School Safety

Founders’ Day

Founders’ Day (February 17) is when we celebrate the legacy and work of our founders—Alice McLellan Birney, Phoebe Apperson Hearst and Selena Sloan Butler—to better the lives of every child in education, health and safety. It is a time to reflect and take pride in our achievements, and renew our commitment to be a:
  • powerful voice for all children;
  • relevant resource for parents; and
  • strong advocate for public education.
Our founders represented women of imagination and courage. They had a simple idea—to improve the lives and future of all children. They understood the power of individual action, worked beyond the accepted barriers of their day, and took action to change the world for all children.

Historical Timeline

· 2010-Present · 2000-2009 · 1990-1999 · 1980-1989 · 1970-1979 ·1960-1969 · 1950-1959 · 1940-1949 · 1930-1939 · 1920-1929 ·1910-1919 · 1900-1909 ·

Resource: National PTA