Growth & Development Chair
Ever since its inception, the National PTA has provided an unwavering voice for the health and safety of our country’s children. From the 1899 convention resolution calling for “the establishment of a National Health Bureau,” to the 1925 Summer Round Up programs and the field testing of the Salk polio vaccine in the 1950s, PTA leaders have strived to seek relevant solutions for the challenging health issues of their day. Read full article
For almost 100 years, Virginia PTA has been focused on our three primary objectives; parent education, parent involvement and advocacy. We provide relevant, meaningful resources to help achieve those goals.
The single largest factor in student success is an environment of active and engaged families, educators and communities. With our educational resources, Virginia PTA works to make parents, teachers and students aware of the potential negative impact of bullying, unhealthy lifestyles or the Internet. Most importantly, we are raising awareness among families that positive adult-role models and supporting our children as parents and mentors can make a huge difference in the life of every child!
The Helping Your Child publication series aims to provide parents with the tools and information necessary to help their children succeed in school and life. These booklets feature practical lessons and activities to help their school aged and preschool children master reading, understand the value of homework and develop the skills and values necessary to achieve and grow.
With National PTA in the lead, Virginia PTA's own Michelle Prescott created a public service announcement for parents of children with food allergies. The PSA includes steps on how to manage those allergies within a school environment. Click here to read about how PTA has been influential in children's health and safety since it's inception.