Welcome to the Advocacy
Guide

National PTA is the oldest and largest volunteer child advocacy association in the United States. This guide shares tips and best practices to be an effective advocate for every child – by educating communities and advocating at all levels of government the PTA way.

Advocate With PTA

Learn more about supporting PTA priorities, PTA’s history of successful activism, and how you can work with policymakers at the federal, state and local levels.

ESSA

Get an in-depth overview of The Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA. And learn what it means for advocacy and your PTA.

Elections/Lobbying

Election education and lobbying is an important part of PTA. This guide outlines ways to successfully carry out election and lobbying activities.

Legislative

A useful mini-lesson on how a bill becomes a law, this flowchart illustrates the legislative process.

Congress

Tips on letting Congress know you are part of an advocacy association, and that PTA members are an invaluable resource when it comes to the well-being of children.

Public Policy

Find out more about National PTA’s history and tradition, and how to align your unit to the PTA’s mission and priorities and increase our strength and voice.

College & Career

Learn how you can advocate for issues that support college and career readiness.

Resources

How to make a difference: stand united and informed. These resources make it easy to stay on message when you are working to make changes that will benefit children.