• How to Start a Parent Organization

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  • Parent Organizations are a formal organization of parents, teachers and school staff of an elementary, middle, or high school that facilitates parental participation and whose activities include fund raising on behalf of the school or its students. And with today's tight budgets, a strong, well-functioning PTO can be a teacher's most important ally when it comes to achieving curricular and fundraising goals.

Step 1: Start a PTO

Interested in starting a parent teacher organization at your child’s school? Use this guide to get your efforts off the ground.


Step 2: Establish Legality

Now that your team of parents and school staff has decided which parent organization is the best fit, it is time to make it official.


Step 3: Follow These Best Practices

Once you established a PTO, make sure that your organization performs its best by incorporating the following best practices .