A PTA (which is an abbreviation for parent-teacher association) is a local group that is part of a larger organization known as the National Parent Teacher Association (or National PTA). This non-profit, formal membership institution has been around for over 105 years and is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia. As a matter of fact, the National PTA is the oldest and biggest volunteer organization in the country that is dedicated to benefiting children and adolescents.
Local groups (such as the PTA in your children’s school) can decide to be a part of the National PTA by abiding by certain state and national group regulations while also consistently paying the proper fees to the organization. However, participating in parent-teacher associations get quite a bit in return. These PTAs get valuable member benefits while also getting a voice in how the entire institution operates. The National PTA is also very careful to protect the integrity of its name and ensures that only dues-paying organization members can call themselves a true parent-teacher organization.