A PTA COUNCIL is….
A Council is comprised of the local PTA units within Howard County organized under the authority of Maryland PTA. Council contributes to a stronger, more effective organization by providing information, inspiration, and instruction for its member units.

The purpose of PTA Council is to support local PTAs with:

Leadership development
• Develop and strengthen leadership of officers and members through workshops, conferences, and conventions
• Conduct monthly meetings to provide opportunities for delegates of local units to meet and discuss issues affecting children and youth
• To unify efforts of the local units that individual units could not accomplish alone

Communication
• To be a source of guidance and information
• Informing local units about events and child-related issues through e-mail bulletins and newsletters
• Publishing up-to-date materials on issues related to children, family, and school
• Produces a weekly E-newsletter on its website and distributes via e-mail

PTA Encourages Legislative Involvement

PTA is the proactive advocate for children’s legislative issues and has influenced major legislation.
• To testify before the School Board and the county or state legislature
• The largest and most effective association advocating for the education, health, safety, and well-being of all children and youth

Parent Involvement/Education
• Conduct and participate in local and statewide conferences on child-related issues.

Local Unit benefits by….
• Have a voice in improving the education, health, and well-being of children
• Work toward a common goal with other parents, educators, and community leaders
around the county, state, and nation
• Have access to leadership training work-shops, conferences, and conventions
• Receive information and new ideas through PTA publications and website
• Have representation before legislators in the state and Washington D.C.
• Reflections, the National PTA cultural arts program for preschool-12th grade student for awards and scholarships.

PTA is the largest organization working exclusively for children and youth with nearly 7 million members nationwide and over 25,000 members in 74 Howard County Schools!