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January 2021 – Advocating for AllChildren

January 2021 Monthly Focus: Advocating for #AllChildren

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Over the 120 years that PTA has been in existence we have helped to make major strides for the well-being of children and families across the United States. This month our focus is on these accomplishments from the 1900’s to the present day. The advocacy that PTA does is one of the cornerstones of our organization and our accomplishments should be celebrated. If your unit has done something to advocate for children and families in your local community – take this month to share that information out to the world. Toot your own horn, and let parents and community members see your relevance and importance so that they may join your PTA and help you continue the legacy of our organization.

PTA Hashtags: #PTA4Kids, #AllChildren 

Campaign Hashtags: #PTAAdvocacy, #PTALegacyOfAdvocacy

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In 1899, PTA urged lawmakers to create a separate juvenile court and probation system for children by passing a resolution to protect children from being incarcerated with adults. Today, PTA members continue to advocate for #allchildren.
In the 1900s PTA members advocated for the creation of child labor laws, allowing children to attend school. From the 1920s through the 1950’s PTA helped enact labor laws ranging from minimum employee age requirements to the minimum wage – still in effect today.
At the first National Congress of Mothers Convocation in 1897, public kindergarten classes and the establishment of daycare centers were two key topics.  PTA members continued to focus their advocacy on early childhood education and kindergarten throughout the 20th century. Now over 3.8 million students enroll in kindergarten each year.
Among our earliest advocacy efforts, PTA  called for the establishment of a national public health bureau to stem the tide of child mortality caused by childhood illnesses such as measles, whooping cough, and diphtheria. Parent advocacy was rewarded with the  establishment of the U.S. Public Health Service in 1913.
As early as the 1920s, PTAs were responsible for expanding school lunch programs. So by the time the 1946 National School Lunch Act, which provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children, PTA advocates had been working to improve school nutrition for decades.
During the 1960’s PTA worked with the National Council of JuvenileCourt Judges to make the court system more responsive to the needs of at-risk youth. Today, PTA continues to advocate for #allchildren and youth.
Since 1974 PTA members have advocated to protect the rights and meet the needs of students with disabilities. In the decades since, PTA continues to advocate to improve and expand educational opportunities for students with special needs in ADA, IDEA and beyond.
Did you know? PTA members have advocated to protect children from advertisements for decades. First in 1934 for creation of the Federal Communications Commission Act and again in 1990 for the Children’s Television Act. Today, as technology advances, so have PTA’s efforts to protect children from negative influences and ensuring their privacy and personal info is secure.
In the early 2000’s PTA led the charge to include family engagement language in the education law, No Child Left Behind Act. Because of the advocacy efforts of PTA members the federal law governing K-12 education has continued to include strong family engagement policies and programs.
Research demonstrates that when schools practice authentic family engagement, absenteeism is reduced, dropout rates decrease and student achievement and graduation rates go up. In 2018 California State PTA sponsored AB2878, a bill that clearly defined Family Engagement criteria as part of the Priority 3 of California’s  Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) for schools throughout the state.
In 2019 California State PTA was a sponsor of California’s legislation, SB328, the Late School Start bill. The bill addressed a known public health risk (as defined by American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC) by providing later school start times that are aligned with the biological sleep needs of middle and high school students.
California State PTA believes that the arts are an integral part of a comprehensive curriculum. Over the past 20 years we have sponsored legislation to bring arts back into schools, created a School Smarts parent education program that uses the arts as a teaching tool, and we have joined forces with CreateCA on a public will campaign to raise awareness around the arts. We have also published a guide to the Visual and Performing Arts Standards to help parents understand the five genres of art and what their children should learn in each grade.
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In 1899, PTA urged lawmakers to create a separate juvenile court and probation system for children by passing a resolution to protect children from being incarcerated with adults. Today, PTA members continue to advocate for #allchildren. #PTAadvocacy #PTALegacyOfAdvocacy
In the 1900s PTA members advocated for the creation of child labor laws, allowing children to attend school. From the 1920s through the 1950’s PTA helped enact labor laws ranging from minimum employee age requirements to the minimum wage – still in effect today.  #AllChildren #PTAadvocacy #PTALegacyOfAdvocacy
At the first National Congress of Mothers Convocation in 1897, public kindergarten classes and the establishment of daycare centers were two key topics.  PTA members continued to focus their advocacy on early childhood education and kindergarten throughout the 20th century. Now over 3.8 million students enroll in kindergarten each year. #AllChildren #PTAadvocacy #PTALegacyOfAdvocacy
Among our earliest advocacy efforts, PTA  called for the establishment of a national public health bureau to stem the tide of child mortality caused by childhood illnesses such as measles, whooping cough, and diphtheria. Parent advocacy was rewarded with the  establishment of the U.S. Public Health Service in 1913. #AllChildren #PTAadvocacy  #PTALegacyOfAdvocacy
As early as the 1920s, PTAs were responsible for expanding school lunch programs. So by the time the 1946 National School Lunch Act, which provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children, PTA advocates had been working to improve school nutrition for decades. #AllChildren #PTAadvocacy #PTALegacyOfAdvocacy
During the 1960’s PTA worked with the National Council of JuvenileCourt Judges to make the court system more responsive to the needs of at-risk youth. Today, PTA continues to advocate for #allchildren and youth. #AllChildren #PTAadvocacy  #PTALegacyOfAdvocacy
Since 1974 PTA members have advocated to protect the rights and meet the needs of students with disabilities. In the decades since, PTA continues to advocate to improve and expand educational opportunities for students with special needs in ADA, IDEA and beyond. #AllChildren #PTAadvocacy #PTALegacyOfAdvocacy
Did you know? PTA members have advocated to protect children from advertisements for decades. First in 1934 for creation of the Federal Communications Commission Act and again in 1990 for the Children’s Television Act. Today, as technology advances, so have PTA’s efforts to protect children from negative influences and ensuring their privacy and personal info is secure.  #AllChildren #PTAadvocacy  #PTALegacyOfAdvocacy
In the early 2000’s PTA led the charge to include family engagement language in the education law, No Child Left Behind Act. Because of the advocacy efforts of PTA members the federal law governing K-12 education has continued to include strong family engagement policies and programs. #AllChildren #PTAadvocacy #PTALegacyOfAdvocacy
Research demonstrates that when schools practice authentic family engagement, absenteeism is reduced, dropout rates decrease and student achievement and graduation rates go up. In 2018 California State PTA sponsored AB2878, a bill that clearly defined Family Engagement criteria as part of the Priority 3 of California’s  Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) for schools throughout the state.  #AllChildren #PTAadvocacy #PTALegacyOfAdvocacy
In 2019 California State PTA was a sponsor of SB328, the Late School Start bill. The bill addressed a known public health risk (as defined by American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC) by providing later school start times that are aligned with the biological sleep needs of middle and high school students. #AllChildren #PTAadvocacy  #PTA4Kids #PTALegacyOfAdvocacy
California State PTA believes that the arts are an integral part of a comprehensive curriculum. Over the past 20 years we have sponsored legislation to bring arts back into schools, created a School Smarts parent education program that uses the arts as a teaching tool, and we have joined forces with CreateCA on a public will campaign to raise awareness around the arts. We have also published a guide to the Visual and Performing Arts Standards to help parents understand the five genres of art and what their children should learn in each grade. #AllChildren #PTAadvocacy #PTALegacyOfAdvocacy

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In 1899, PTA urged lawmakers to create a separate juvenile court + probation system by passing a #PTAResolution to protect children from being incarcerated with adults. Today, PTA members continue to advocate for #AllChildren #PTAadvocacy  #PTA4Kids #PTALegacyOfAdvocacy
DYK? PTA has advocated for more than a century for Labor Laws. First in the 1900s for the creation of child labor laws, and again from the  1920s -> 1950’s for laws ranging from minimum employee age to minimum wage.  #AllChildren #PTAadvocacy  #PTA4Kids #PTALegacyOfAdvocacy
In 1897, public kindergarten classes and the establishment of daycare centers were two key topics for the earliest PTA members. We continue to focus our #PTAadvocacy on early childhood education and kindergarten today for #AllChildren  #PTA4Kids #PTALegacyOfAdvocacy
DYK? #PTAadvocacy was rewarded with the  establishment of the U.S. Public Health Service in 1913 to stem the tide of child mortality caused by illnesses such as measles, whooping cough, and diphtheria. #AllChildren #PTA4Kids #PTALegacyOfAdvocacy
By the time the 1946 National School Lunch Act was passed, which provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children, PTA advocates had been working to improve school nutrition for decades (since the 1920’s). #PTAadvocacy #AllChildren #PTALegacyOfAdvocacy
During the 1960’s PTA worked with the National Council of Juvenile Court Judges to make the court system more responsive to the needs of at-risk youth. Today, PTA continues to advocate for #AllChildren + youth. #PTAadvocacy #PTA4Kids #PTALegacyOfAdvocacy
Since 1974, PTA members have advocated to protect the rights and to meet the needs of students with disabilities. #PTAadvocacy works to improve + expand opportunities for students with special needs in ADA, IDEA and beyond. #AllChildren   #PTA4Kids #PTALegacyOfAdvocacy

PTA has always supported efforts to protect children from negative influences:  

– 1934: FCC Act 

– 1990: Children’s Television Act

and today, ensuring their privacy + personal info is secure.  #AllChildren #PTAadvocacy  #PTA4Kids #PTALegacyOfAdvocacy

Because of #PTAadvocacy federal law governing K-12 education has continued to include strong #FamilyEngagement.  In the early 2000’s PTA led the charge to include family engagement language in NCLB and ESSA. #AllChildren  #PTA4Kids #PTALegacyOfAdvocacy

Authentic family engagement: 

-reduces absenteeism 

– decreases dropout rates

– improves student achievement + graduations

In 2018 PTA sponsored AB2878 defining #FamilyEngagement in CA’s Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).

#AllChildren #PTAadvocacy  #PTALegacyOfAdvocacy

In 2019 California State PTA sponsored SB328, addressing a known public health risk by providing school start times that are aligned with the biological sleep needs of middle and high school students. 

#AllChildren #PTAadvocacy  #PTA4Kids #PTALegacyOfAdvocacy

We believe that #art is an integral part of a comprehensive #education.

We have: 

– advocated for #artsed

– created School Smarts 

– Partnered with @create_ca on a public will campaign 

– published our VAPA guide

#AllChildren #PTAadvocacy  #PTA4Kids #PTALegacyOfAdvocacy

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