HISTORY

National PTA

National PTA was founded in 1897 when thousands of mothers (and a few fathers) convened in Washington, D.C. with the common goal of improving the lives of American children. First organized as the National Congress of Mothers by Alice McLellan and Phoebe Apperson Hearst, PTA lists many accomplishments at the national and state level. To name a few:

  • the creation of kindergarten classes

  • child labor laws to p[rotect children from exploitation

  • a public health service to promote child health and well-being

  • hot lunch programs

  • a juvenile justice system

  • universal immunization against preventable diseases

As the largest volunteer child advocacy association in the nation, Parent Teacher Association (PTA) reminds our country of its obligations to children and provides parents and families with a powerful voice to speak on behalf of every child while providing the best tools for parents to help their children be successful students.

More information about National PTA is available on its website, pta.org

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