PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone concerned with the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.
► National PTA – “oldest and largest child advocacy association in America…[composed] of…parents, teachers, grandparents, caregivers, foster parents, and other caring adults who share a commitment to improving the education, health, and safety of all children.” It provides national programs, experts, resources, e-newsletters, Our Children magazine, leadership development, grants, awards, and support services and staff.
–excerpt from pta.org.
► Maryland PTA – child and youth education advocacy at the state level. Maryland PTA “[supports] and [speaks] on behalf of children and youth in the schools, in the community, and before government bodies and other organizations that make decisions affecting children; [assists] parents in developing the skills they need to raise and protect their children; and [encourages] parents and public involvement in the public schools….” It hosts an annual state convention with workshops and meetings to celebrate, bolster, and encourage PTA efforts.
–excerpt from mdpta.org.
► MCCPTA – Montgomery County Council of PTAs. This includes all the PTAs in Montgomery County, from elementary schools to high schools. MCCPTA is led by an officer corps of parents and volunteers and hosts monthly meetings in Rockville.
► Drew PTSA – our local team of parent volunteers, staff, and students. The ‘S’ stands for students. We coordinate the daily business and activities at Drew and seek to incorporate student input, feedback, and participation.