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Exhibition Join In: Voluntary Assocations in America

The National Parent Teacher Association

The National Parent Teacher Association is the largest volunteer child advocacy organization in the U.S., with a network of millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders—all dedicated to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools. It was created in 1970 with the merger of two older associations: the National Congress of Parents and Teachers (founded in 1897) and the National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers (founded in 1926). Continuing today with fifty-two state branches, its advocacy and legislative efforts have led to such improvements as the creation of kindergarten classes, mandatory immunization, and arts in education.