California State PTA connects families and schools, and has more than 800,000 volunteer members throughout the state working on behalf of public schools, children and families. PTA has been advocating for children since its founding in 1897. The mission of the California State PTA is to positively impact the lives of children and families.
Our organizational goals are to:
Promote, build and expand parent and family engagement
Empower and support PTA members and leaders
Represent, inform and mobilize members and the public to advocate for the education, health, safety and well-being of all children
Specifically, our advocacy goals in 2013-15 focus on:
Supporting the needs of vulnerable children
Adequate funding for every child’s education
Access to a full curriculum for every child that includes physical education, arts and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
Highly-effective educators in every classroom
Standards, assessments and accountability that best serve every child’s needs
Safe and positive school climate
Early childhood education
Healthy lifestyles and access to support services for physical, emotional, social and mental health
Health and Academics: Information and resources on the connection between student health and academic achievement.
Mental Health: Information and resources on the connections between emotional health, physical health and school readiness.
Partnerships: Information and resources on the importance of partnerships between community-based organizations, non-profit organizations and public agencies.
California State PTA works to meet these objectives as stated in the Strategic Plan for Asthma in California,
2014 – 2019:
5A.2 Advocate for school and district implementation of, and compliance with, existing laws and regulations that impact asthma; recommend new laws/ regulations or changes to existing ones as needed.
5A.6. Advocate for the resources, financial and otherwise, to support asthma management and healthy indoor environmental quality in schools.
Vice president for Health
California State PTA