PTA is the oldest and largest volunteer child advocacy organization in the United States. Established in 1897, its forward movement provides the promotion of health, safety, nutrition, welfare, protection and education of children and youth. The Purposes of PTA and the PTA Mission provide the organizational goals and direction.

The Purposes of PTA are:

  • to promote the welfare of children and youth in home, school, community, and place of worship;
  • to raise the standards of home life;
  • to secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth;
  • to bring into closer relation the home and the school, that parents and teachers may cooperate intelligently in the education of children and youth; and
  • to develop between educators and the general public such united efforts as will secure for all children and youth the highest advantages in physical, mental, social, and spiritual education.

The PTA Mission is threefold:

  • to support and speak on behalf of children and youth in the schools, in the community and before governmental bodies and other organizations that make decisions affecting children;
  • to assist parents in developing the skills they need to raise and protect their children; and
  • to encourage parent and public involvement in the public schools of the nation.