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About Us

Eighteenth District PTA encompasses 17 schools in Napa & Solano Counties and is comprised of almost 4,000 parents and other concerned adults devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools.

The Eighteenth District PTA serves TK-12 students and their families in Northern California; representing parents, teachers, and students of the Travis, Vallejo City, Fairfield-Suisun, Benicia, and Napa Valley Unified School Districts in the communities of Solano and Napa Counties.

Eighteenth District PTA Provides:
Parent Education
Leadership Training
Health and Welfare
Collaboration with Community Agencies
School and Community Safety/Disaster Preparedness
Legislative Advocacy for Children
“Reflections” Arts Programs

A History of PTA

For more than 100 years, National Parent Teacher Association has worked toward bettering the lives of every child in education, health and safety. Founded in 1897 as the National Congress of Mothers by Alice McLellan Birney and Phoebe Apperson Hearst, National PTA is a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education.

Our founders represented women of imagination and courage. They had a simple idea—to improve the lives and future of all children. They understood the power of individual action, worked beyond the accepted barriers of their day, and took action to change the world for all children.  On Feb., 17, 1897, more than 2,000 people—mostly mothers, but also fathers, teachers, laborers and legislators—attended the first convocation of the National Congress of Mothers in Washington, D.C.  In 1908, the organization changed its name to the National Congress of Mothers and Parent-Teacher Associations. In 1970, the National Congress of Parents and Teachers (National PTA) and the National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers (NCCPT)—founded by Selena Sloan Butler in Atlanta, Ga.—merged to serve all children.

Today’s PTA is a network of millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools.As the largest volunteer child advocacy organization in the nation, National PTA is the conscience of the country for children and youth issues.


Through advocacy, as well as family and community education, National PTA has established programs and called for legislation that improves our children’s lives, such as:

  • Creation of Kindergarten classes

  • Child labor laws

  • Public health service

  • Hot and healthy lunch programs

  • Juvenile justice system

  • Mandatory immunization

  • Arts in Education

  • School Safety


“What the best and wisest parent wants for his own child, that must be what PTA wants for all children.”


Alice McLellan Birney, 1897

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