Know the PTA

California State PTA is the oldest and largest statewide volunteer organization working on behalf of children, youth, and families. Unit, council, and district PTAs serve more than 750,000 members. Each level of PTA plays a vital role in efforts to implement the Purposes of the PTA.

Within this section, you will find information on the structure, organization, basic policies, and accepted procedures pertaining to all divisions of California State PTA, a branch of the National PTA.

The information contained in this section may be supplemented by information in the National PTA Quick-Reference Guide and, California State PTA mailings, PTA in California, and

Please note:
All uses of the word “parent” refers to any adult or guardian who has primary responsibility for the education and welfare of a child.

All references to the word “PTA” as used in the California State PTA Toolkit are intended to refer to both PTA and PTSA.

Purposes of the PTA
Mission Statement of California State PTA
California State PTA Core Values
PTA Basic Policies and Principles
A Brief History: Working Together for Children Since 1897

Organizational Structure
Types of Associations
The Local Unit PTA
The Council PTA
The District PTA
California State PTA
The State PTA Office
Trademark/Service Mark
California State PTA Privacy Policy

Community Organizations, Co-sponsorship, and Coalitions
Cooperating with Other Organizations
Other Organizations
Joining, Building, and Making Coalitions Work

Articles of Incorporation: California Congress of Parents, Teachers, and Students, Inc.
Bylaws of California State PTA

California State PTA Map

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