Starting a PTA

Looking to Start a PTA?  You are in the right place!

Outreach Chairman: Stephanie Fehr

Email: WEPRoutreach@gmail.com

There are lots of great reasons to join the PTA family!

PTA stands for Parent Teacher Association but also includes your entire school community and home community.

From National PTA

Each local PTA is a member-led and member-run independent association providing programs, activities, and services to support its members and community. All PTAs are established to achieve the PTA’s mission. All PTAs must comply with local, state and federal laws and regulations.

Local PTAs are connected to their state PTA, at times a district, council or region PTA within the state and National PTA. These connections form a nationwide network of nearly 4 million members working on behalf of all children and youth.

Types of PTAs

  1. Public School Unit PTA or PTSA – The S in PTSA stands for Students.
  2. Charter School Unit PTA
  3. Early Childhood Unit PTA – A Preschool
  4. Private-Non Public School PTA – For example, a religious school.
  5. SEPTA – Special Education PTAs usually are a group who form a unit that works with the other PTAs in the school district. They can be a school that specialized in special education only.
  6. Councils

Advantages setting up a the PTA

  1. Insurance – PTA group which saves money than trying to get Insurance on your own.
  2. Advocacy
  3. Networking and Communication
  4. Program Opportunities
  5. Grant Opportunities
  6. Opens up avenues of communication with Administration and School Staff
  7. Focuses the Community on giving every child an education and a voice
  8. Leadership Training

Questions to think about

  1. Why do you want to become a PTA?
  2. What are the advantages of forming a PTA?  See the list above
  3. What are the needs of your Community?
  4. What type of PTA/PTSA/SEPTA would suit the needs of your Community?

Thinking about Starting a PTA?

  1. Contact the Region Director – westchestereastputnamrd@nyspta.org.

Please note that contacting the Region Director does not lock you in with starting a PTA.  It is just the start of a conversation.  You are free to explore the possibility and work for the best outcome for your community.

For more information or questions/concerns, please contact the Region Director or the Outreach chair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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