The Value of a PTA Membership

Why PTA?

“For me, the best part about being a PTA member is…… I can make a difference in our children’s lives.”  — Mary Anderson, PTA Member

There are numerous parent groups out there, but there is only one PTA. Connecting families and schools for more than 115 years, PTA is the largest children’s advocacy organization in the country. Here are just a few reasons to join PTA:


Join PTA at the state level to support your child’s education and the education of all of California’s children. Membership funds for Golden State PTA support California State PTA scholarships and grants for volunteers and graduating high school seniors. For questions, email us at

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PTA annual dues for each local PTA may differ from school to school, and help support valuable programs and services for student learning and family engagement. Many PTAs support academic enrichment programs, such as field trips or after-school art, drama, music, math and reading programs while other PTAs support events and activities that promote family engagement at school, to strengthen home and school relationships. Other PTAs support health programs, safety and physical education.

Your local PTA dues stay with your school site, and a portion is sent up to support the work of your council PTA (if in council), district PTA, California State PTA and National PTA. Please check with your local PTA regarding annual membership dues.


California State PTA is continuing to move forward in our efforts to provide an online membership system to make joining and renewing PTA membership at the local level easier for parents, families and community members.

The Board of Directors has finalized a contract with our membership system vendor and partner, Moonlight Labs, and is moving forward to build a pilot system that will support our current structure while helping advance our membership processes into the future. We will conduct quality assurance testing with the goal of beta testing and pilot program in 2018.

As a reminder, there are no changes to PTA’s membership process and any electronic system we launch will be completely voluntary and will be in addition to our current system.

All of your feedback and input is being taken very seriously, and if a new electronic system is implemented it will enhance our current local PTA membership marketing campaigns and dues-collection process. Please feel free to send any questions or feedback to We will keep you posted as we progress in this important work to build membership and strengthen PTA.

Be sure to take advantage of the ready-to-print membership resources and tools provided FREE from California State PTA to help market and build your PTA membership.