START A PTA IN YOUR SCHOOL!
Interested in becoming a part of one of the largest advocacy organizations for children?
Fantastic! The Illinois PTA will come in and work with your parents, school administration and other community members to help you establish a new local unit. We offer mentoring, programs, ideas, training, information and support!
The Local Parent Teacher Association is a valuable resource to its school community with access to programs to benefit children, youth, and their families. The network also gives the local unit the recognition and size to influence the formulation of laws, policies, and practices in education or legislatively on the local level, State level and National level.
We have a variety of local unit types in Illinois. Each has a specific advocacy focus. However, all are linked to the State PTA and National PTA, forming a nationwide network of members working on behalf of all children and youth. Together we are a strong voice for all children.
- Early Childhood PTAs – Preschool groups often round up parents from several neighborhoods and various early-childhood programs. They involve child-care providers, grandparents, and others concerned with the education and development of children from birth to age five.
- Elementary/Middle School PTAs – PTAs serve as a type of forum where parents, teachers, administrators, and other concerned adults discuss ways to promote quality education, strive to expand the arts, encourage community involvement, and work for a healthy environment and safe neighborhoods.
- High School Parent-Teacher-Student Associations – PTSAs actually provide youth members with the opportunity to make a difference by developing leadership skills, learning about the legislative process, increasing their self-esteem, and contributing to the school. In turn, adult members gain a new perspective for program development, as well as acquire a better understanding of the youth of today.
- Special Education PTAs – PTA believes that all children have the right to a quality public education, which allows each child the opportunity to reach his or her fullest potential. Special Education PTAs are organized to help parents advocate for special-needs children.
For over a century, we have advocated as one on behalf of our most valuable resource, our children. Together we are a powerful voice.