About PTA

Suffolk Region PTA serves both Eastern and Western

Suffolk County PTA Organizations.


PTA Mission

The overall purpose of PTA is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.

PTA Vision

Making every child's potential a reality by establishing the New York State Congress of Parents and Teachers, Inc. (NYS PTA) as the premier association for parent involvement and advocacy for all children.

PTA Values

* Collaboration: We work in partnership with a wide array of individuals and associations to accomplish our agreed-upon goals.

* Commitment: We are dedicated to promoting children's health, well-being, and educational success through strong parent, family, and community involvement.

* Accountability: We acknowledge our obligations. We deliver on our promises.

* Respect: We value our colleagues and ourselves. We expect the same high quality of effort and thought from ourselves as we do from others.

* Inclusivity: We invite the stranger and welcome the newcomer. We value and seek input from as wide a spectrum of viewpoints and experiences as possible. 

* Integrity: We act consistently with our beliefs. When we err, we acknowledge the mistake and seek to make amends.

PTA Purposes

*To promote the welfare of children and youth in home, school, places of worship, and throughout the community;

*To raise the standards of home life;

*To advocate for laws that further the education, physical and mental health, welfare, and safety of children and youth;

*To promote the collaboration and engagement of families and educators in the education of children and youth;

*To engage the public in united efforts to secure the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social well-being of all children and youth; and

*To advocate the fiscal responsibility regarding public tax dollars in public education funding.

PTA Beliefs 

Every child deserves to have his/her basic needs met.

Every child deserves an education designed to meet the child's needs.

Public education is the appropriate forum to prepare children for participation in a democratic society.

Every child deserves our continued commitment to advocacy.

PTA will take the lead in parent involvement by training parents to be partners in education.

PTA will take the lead in promoting the value of parent involvement with the community and educational partners.

We are responsible for identifying, understanding, and meeting the needs of our diverse membership.

Educators are an integral part of our association.

Education and leadership training and self-evaluation are essential at all levels.

Programs and materials should be provided to enhance parenting skills.

Challenging oneself leads to growth.

*PTA connects schools and communities to help children reach their full potential.

*PTA brokers partnerships with organizations and businesses to expand learning options, such as after-school programs.

*PTA collaborates with national sponsors to offer resources, programs and member benefits, like retail discounts.

*PTA increases the level of family and community involvement in underserved areas for all children to succeed.

*PTA members serve as advisors and leaders for government agencies, non-profits and school boards to voice the needs of all families and children.

*Students achieve when families and teachers partner through PTA to ensure a safe and healthy environment. 

*PTA encourages family-school involvement programs that link learning and student success.

*PTA's National Standards for Family-School Partnerships emphasize what parents, schools and communities can do together to support student success.

*PTA partners with other groups that share and support our mission to positively impact children's lives.

*PTA recognizes excellence in schools that welcome parents' participation.

*PTA empowers families to speak out on local, state and national issues that effect children's education, health and welfare.

*PTA promotes and supports opportunities for families to effectively participate in their children's lives.

*PTA helps members connect to teachers and administrators to increase communication between school and home.

*PTA cares about and acts on issues that matter most to families and students: safe schools, quality teachers, healthy lifestyles and arts education.

*Families turn to PTA for advice, from handling homework to helping your child choose career goals.

*PTA helps local leaders plan events and involve families with national resources, tools, and training.