What is PTA?

PTA is a grassroots organization made up of parents, teachers and others that have a special interest in supporting children, families and schools. PTA membership is as diverse as Washington State is in cultures, education levels, and parenting skills. By joining PTA, a member automatically becomes part of the largest child-advocacy organization in the state — over 150,000 strong across Washington.

What does PTA do?

PTAs work for children. PTAs meet together, study problems, support teachers, volunteer in school, attend workshops on parenting and become informed on issues regarding children and youth. As a result, PTA members become better parents, teachers and citizens.

How is PTA structured?

Local PTA units are required to have a minimum of four officers: a president, a vice president, a secretary, and a treasurer.  Groups of local unit PTAs often join together to form councils. Above councils, there are 13 Region Directors, each of whom leads a Service Delivery Team that supports and trains PTA units across their Region.  Finally, there is a Washington State PTA Board of Directors which is made up of volunteers. Washington State PTA also has a professional office staff in Tacoma that supports the work of the association.

Why should I get involved?

Involvement is good for your child and good for your community. As a PTA member, you are more likely to be an informed, involved parent.  Studies indicate that parent involvement directly impacts a child’s achievement in school.  As a PTA member, you advocate not only for your own child, but on behalf of all children – raising the quality of their education, impacting the educational process, and becoming an integral part of the school community.

How can I benefit?

PTA provides opportunities to meet and talk with other parents who have the same worries as you. By sharing common concerns, you will feel more empowered to do the tough job of parenting. Being part of the PTA results in parental support and makes school involvement easier. From local parent education meetings to the Washington State PTA annual Convention, PTA encourages learning and the sharing of accomplishments.  PTA also provides ongoing leadership training that translates to your job and your community; PTA creates community leaders.  Ultimately, PTA provides the opportunity to serve, to volunteer and to contribute to the welfare of all children.

How do I get involved?

Contact your local PTA president, the Seattle Council PTSA  or the Washington State PTA office at 1-800 562-3804 or (253) 565-2153. Inquire about PTA resources that will support your PTA as it advocates for all children. Resources include publications, legislative action alerts, membership materials, leadership training opportunities, speakers, program ideas, and much more! Visit the Washington State PTA website for more information.

What is the difference between a PTA and a PTO?

PTA/PTSA and PTOs are two types of parent-teacher organizations. Learn the differences and similarities in the PTA vs PTO: What’s the Difference FAQ sheet.