Focus Areas

Community Issues Affect Our Kids


PTA’s mission doesn’t start and stop at the school door.

On September 18, 2019, National PTA President Leslie Boggs participated in a U.S. House of Representatives Gun Violence Prevention Task Force Forum on the “Impact of Gun Violence on Children and the Need for a Senate Vote on Universal Background Checks”. Leslie was a strong voice for PTA’s position, prioritizing the safety of our nation’s children. Watch the forum below.


Our children can’t learn, grow and succeed in school if they’re facing major challenges at home, in their neighborhoods and in their broader communities.

PTA’s mission doesn’t say we only focus on schools — it says that we work to “positively impact the lives of all children and families.” That means seeking support for abused children, advocating for foster kids, preventing bullying and much more.

You can help! Join your local PTA, get involved and help make changes for all our kids, at all times and in all places.

What Are Community Concerns?

Community concerns are those issues that impact our families and students in our communities and schools including, but not limited to, child abuse, child-care facilities and personnel licensing, citizenship, coordination of children’s services, delinquency prevention, disaster preparedness, discipline, environmental protection, family preservation, child support, foster care, homelessness, juvenile justice, missing and exploited children, proprietary preschools, safety education, school attendance, school safety, youth violence, vandalism, gangs, cults and the effects of drugs and alcohol.

While California State PTA advocates on legislation and policies involving community concerns, which has a statewide impact on families and youth, YOU as a member of your local PTA can help identify local community concerns and work to bring positive change to your community.