National PTA was founded in Washington, DC on February 17, 1897, by Alice McLennan Birney and Phoebe Apperson Hearst. We’ve come a long way since those first 2,000 dedicated volunteers dreamed and planned for the youth of tomorrow.

Today, the work of National PTA is carried on through its more than 5 million members, in 27,000 PTA/PTSAs, located in 55 congresses, including all 50 states, the District of Columbia, European, Pacific, Puerto Rico, and US Virgin Islands. PTA is the largest non-profit volunteer organization in the world whose sole concern is the health, education, and welfare of all children and youth.

Sometimes people can become so involved with their children in their school that they forget every child in every school is affected by the same rules and regulations that are handed down through state and national legislation and by the state and national departments of education.
As a part of a state and national association dedicated to the welfare of all children and youth, PTA members have a voice in the policy-making that affects their children, schools, and communities as well as all children and all schools in this country.

For additional information regarding membership, please contact the Oregon PTA Vice President for Membership, Diane McCalmont at