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The Pioneers of
Child Advocacy
in Colorado

As Colorado’s original and largest parent engagement group, Colorado PTA represents a lot of voices—and legislators recognize this fact when Colorado PTA takes a stand on an issue. When it comes to making positive change in Colorado’s schools and families, Colorado PTA is a formidable force with more than a century-old track record in being an influential partner in state and local governments.

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Colorado PTA

Colorado PTA was founded in 1907 as the Colorado Congress of Mothers and incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 1915.  Since its founding, Colorado PTA has served as a nonsectarian, nonpartisan advocate for parent, educator, and community engagement to benefit children and public schools..

As the volunteer-run, state chapter of PTA, Colorado PTA is the link between the national PTA and local school and community PTAs,  known as local units, throughout the State of Colorado.

PTA is a chartered, membership-based organization. Each local unit maintains its own autonomy and benefits from state and national structures that provide valuable information, advocacy, support, and training..  Local unit members automatically obtain membership in Colorado PTA and National PTA when they join their local PTA unit.

Founders’ Day

Founders’ Day (February 17) is when we celebrate the legacy and work of our founders—Alice McLellan Birney, Phoebe Apperson Hearst and Selena Sloan Butler—to better the lives of every child in education, health and safety. It is a time to reflect and take pride in our achievements, and renew our commitment to be a:

– powerful voice for all children; – relevant resource for parents; and – strong advocate for public education.

Our founders represented women of imagination and courage. They had a simple idea—to improve the lives and future of all children. They understood the power of individual action, worked beyond the accepted barriers of their day, and took action to change the world for all children.

Learn About PTA’s 50+ Years of Advocacy

Colorado PTA Presidents 1907 – Present

NameYears In Office Nora Brown 2019-2021 Kay Trotter2017-2019 Cindy Daisley2015-2017 Michelle Winzent2013-2015 Karen Hobson2011-2013 Lynn Huizing2009-2011 Pamela Hurd-Keyzer2007-2009 Teresa Williams2004-2007 Mark Townsend2001-2004 Jody Townsend1999-2001 Sue Anderson1995-1999 Gayla Stone1995-1995 Steve Mathers1994-1995 Jan Haley1993-1994 Donna Gardner1991-1993 Yvonne Parker1990-1991 Sue Anderson1989-1990 Carol Ruckel1988-1989 Sheri Williams, Ed.D.1987-1988 Sharon Barbarick1986-1987 Carol Naff1985-1986 Gayla…

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