Join PTA/Support PTA


PTA connects families and schools. By joining PTA you show your children that school matters, and that you are invested in their success. Three decades of research proves that students achieve higher grades, have better attendance and more consistently complete homework when parents are involved – and just the act of joining PTA is a great way to get involved.

PTA helps ensure that parents have a seat at the table when important decisions that affect schools are made. PTA works together to improve the education, health and safety of all children.

Become a member of the nation's largest and most powerful children's advocacy association in the country. Learn more about the value of PTA membership.

Everyone who supports education may join PTA – parents, teachers, students, administrators, community members, business owners, elected officials and more!


  • Join PTA at your child's school – Many local PTA units will send home membership information at the beginning of school. Simply follow the quick instructions to become a PTA member. You can also leave a note with your contact information at your child's school office. Find your local PTA website.

  • Join the Golden State PTA – In addition to joining your local PTA, we encourage you to join the Golden State PTA to support the work of PTA at the state level. You will be informed of statewide programs and resources, updated on our advocacy and legislative efforts, and receive PTA publications such as PTA in California. You will also be eligible for exclusive PTA member perks through our sponsors and providers. If you prefer to join via mail, please complete a paper application.


  • Start a PTA at your school - If you are a parent, school employee, or maybe a concerned community member in an area without a PTA, starting a new PTA unit is easy to do. Whether there is no parent activity at your school now or your existing parent group wants to take advantage of all the benefits of PTA membership, contact and we will help you get started.

    Learn why your school needs a PTA. [en español] [Cantonese]

When you join the statewide Golden State PTA, you become a crucial supporter and member of the largest volunteer association in California dedicated to improving the education, health, safety and well-being of all children and youth. PTAs also help strengthen the connection between families and schools across our state.

You can join your local PTA, or you can join our statewide Golden State PTA, and add your voice to the nearly 1 million other mothers, fathers, educators, students, community members and other caring adults who are committed to positively impacting the lives of all children every day. You don't have to be involved with any particular school to join now and make a difference.


PTA annual dues for each local PTA may differ from school to school, and help support valuable programs and services for student learning and family engagement. Many PTAs support academic enrichment programs, such as field trips or after-school art, drama, music, math and reading programs while other PTAs support events and activities that promote family engagement at school, to strengthen home and school relationships. Other PTAs support heath programs, safety and physical education.

Your local PTA dues stay with your school site, and a portion is sent up to support the work of your council PTA (if in council), district PTA, California State PTA and National PTA. Please check with your local PTA regarding annual membership dues.


Your generous contribution to the California State PTA will help us continue to develop and deliver top quality programs and services in support of all children and families. We welcome donations of any amount. Your donation is 100 percent tax deductible.

Thank you for your support!