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The PTA Advantage – Why Join PTA?

The PTA is the oldest and largest child advocacy association in America. Today’s PTA is comprised of over 4 million parents, teachers, grandparents, caregivers, foster parents and other caring adults who share a commitment to improving the education, health and safety of all children. We speak with one voice for every child. Today, the issues that affect our children extend beyond their individual schools. The PTA’s nationwide network provides parents with the forum and tools to collectively influence the decisions that affect children not only at their schools, but also throughout their districts, within their states, and across the nation. This mission is unique to the PTA. Many of the benefits our children receive today, such as universal kindergarten, the National School Lunch Program, and a juvenile justice system, were accomplished as a result of the PTA...

Membership Stratagies

Parent Involvement is what PTA does best and it’s the law. Remind teachers and staff that PTA helps them to fulfill the Parent Involvement mandate of No Child Left Behind. Get to know your teachers. Sometimes teachers or staff may be reluctant to join because of a prior bad experience with PTA. Apologize for whatever may have happened and talk to them about how PTA’s work benefits not only the children but the teachers as well. The teachers and staff expect to be asked to join. If they expect it and you don’t ask, they might feel they are not needed or welcomed. Remember to ask. Remind teachers and staff that PTA is more than a local fundraising group for their school. It is an organization focused on the education, safety, and well-being of children.
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Getting Teachers Involved!
  • Arrange to provide a breakfast for teachers prior to the start of the school year. Use this breakfast as an opportunity to talk to the teachers about the value and importance of joining your PTA.
  • Award teachers and staff with a party or lunch when 100% teacher and staff membership is reached.
  • Request a bulletin board or showcase at your school to display current information about PTA activities.
  • Use back to school nights as an opportunity to speak with both teachers and parents about the importance of joining PTA. Prepare a short presentation. Be sure to have the permission of your principal.
  • Include PTA materials in information packets given to teachers and staff at the start of each school year.
  • Enlist the support of your principal. A principal’s encouragement to join can go a long way.
  • Print out personal invitations asking teachers and staff to join and include a membership envelope. Remind them that for the cost of a few coffees at Starbucks they can support our national organization of more than four million members!
Member BenefitsAs you give members their card, make sure they know about their member benefits. You can create your own benefits at your local unit too!
PTA Booth/TableSet up a PTA table at all your school events, especially open houses and back to school nights!
Market Your PTAPosters/flyers/brochures showing past accomplishments show the community the value PTA provides. Visibility is a key to success.
Membership ProfileEncourage your members to "create a profile."
Set Goals!Set a goal for your membership. Why not try to recruit 10% more members than last year? The Colorado PTA also has a Membership Challenge & Award Program that you could qualify for by increasing your membership
ThemesGenerate excitement by developing a theme for the year: Some examples:
  • Up, up, and away – member names can be placed on balloon shapes – celebrate success with a balloon release at the end of the year.
  • Batter Up – member names can go on bat and ball shapes – celebrate with an assembly with a professional baseball player (or a high school baseball hero).
  • Shoot for the Stars – celebrate success with space related assembly.
  • A Membership Tree
Every Child In Focus!The National PTA has developed an Every Child in Focus. Each month spotlights the educational challenges
surrounding a particular group
and helps to foster family-school partnerships.
Membership Mondays
  • Membership Monday (Field Edition) – Sharing PTA membership success stories and keeping you informed of new National PTA membership initiatives.
  • Membership Monday (Diversity Edition) – Highlighting ways to engage, recruit, and champion diversity in PTA.
  • Members Monday (Technical Edition) – Introducing ways to navigate the technical aspects of membership (data, how-to, standard procedures, etc.).
  • Ask Membership! Monday – Answering your most popular questions from the field.
Focus on Inclusivity!
  • Provide translation at PTA sponsored events. Title I funds are available for parent engagement (Ask your district for more information.
  • Provide dinner or snacks. Perhaps host a potluck and encourage families to bring a traditional family dish.
  • Provide child care. Invite high school Student Council or National Honor Society students to provide activities for the children, making sure to have adult supervision. Your PTA could make a donation to the Student Council or NHS at the end of the year.
  • Provide a program on a relevant issue to your school or community, not connected with a PTA business meeting.
Preparing Your Membership Year

It is important to start your membership year prepared to recruit, engage and renew membership. National PTA Provides Membership Recruitment Plans in their Back-to-School Kit.

If yours is a school-based unit, send membership forms and Backpack Bundle fliers home with first-day packets and have a membership table at all orientation and back-to-school events.

Download this helpful Membership Application!

Membership Quick Reference Guide

Today’s PTA is dedicated to empowering parents to make a difference in the education, health, and safety of America’s children. This Membership Reference Guide shares tips to increase membership, including tracking and retaining members, bolstering diversity and inclusiveness, and marketing PTA membership.

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The primary reason for developing membership in the PTA is to build an informed team of individuals to work on behalf of all children and youth. A PTA membership that is willing to get involved is a valuable resource for starting and maintaining programs and projects to benefit children and the community.

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