New York State PTA every child one voice

New York State PTA

One Wembley Court
Albany, NY 12205
Phone: 518.452.8808
Toll Free: 1.877.569.7782
Fax: 518.452.8105


Advocates for Children


From its inception as the first state branch of the National PTA formed in 1897, New York State PTA's long-held commitment to advocacy has been the fire within.


NYS PTA Response to the Governor's Commission

The following is a response by the NYS Congress of Parents and Teachers (NYS PTA) to the six points described by Governor Cuomo in outlining the Commission’s charge. Click here to read the letter.

NYS PTA Response to NYSSBA Panel Questions

NYS PTA responses to questions posed to a NYSSBA Panel by Timothy Kremer, Executive Director of NYS School Boards Association, on October 19, 2015. Click here to read NYS PTA responses presented by Executive Administrator Rick Longhurst.

Online Convention Registration is Closed

Online registration for the NYS PTA 119th Annual Convention is closed. Onsite registration only; no guarantee of hotel accommodations. Click here for the Convention Schedule at a Glance.

The 2016 NYS Teacher of the Year is Announced

We are happy to announce that the New York State Board of Regents announced that Dana McDonough has been named the 2016 New York State Teacher of the Year. Congratulations!

Dana McDonoughMcDonough, a second grade teacher at Newburgh Enlarged City School District in Newburgh, was presented with a certificate of recognition by Regents Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch and Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. McDonough was also presented with the Thomas Sobol Award and the David Johnson award, both created as annual gifts for recipients of the Teacher of the Year award.

McDonough, the 46th New York State Teacher of the Year, has been teaching first or second grade in the Newburgh Enlarged City School District for her entire career of 22 years. She currently teaches second graders at Fostertown ETC Magnet School.

To read the press release from NYSED, please click here.

The NYS PTA Online Membership System is Now LIVE!

Membership LogoNow our members can register and pay their dues online. To become a member of your PTA, click here!

Units can enter members info into the new Online Membership System to generate eCards for members who choose to sign up and pay in person. For unit access to your registration portal, get started here!


From its inception as the first state branch of the National PTA formed in 1897, New York State PTA’s long-held commitment to advocacy has been the fire within. Ignited by the efforts of a very small group of mothers gathered in Chautauqua, N.Y., today’s more than 346,000 members continue to raise their voices to speak up for children. Together we work for a common purpose: to secure adequate laws, regulations and policies for the care and protection of children and youth. To achieve this objective PTA advocates bring critical issues that affect the education, health and welfare of children and youth before the public, policy makers and elected officials. Connecting our more than 1500 grass-root units and councils, 16 regions, the state Board of Directors and National PTA is the shared belief that:

“Advocacy is at the heart of PTA's mission and vision. Taking action provides both parents and PTA leaders with the resources to become more involved with their community at home and their community across the nation.”

Excerpted from National PTA website

It is our hope that PTA members and advocacy partners will use this site to learn about New York State PTA's current basic policy, positions, directives, issues and advocacy efforts and link these to their own advocacy efforts at the grassroots level. To receive important action alerts and messages, sign up for Capwiz, our electronic advocacy system.

While we speak for every child with one voice, the more voices the louder the chorus! Join us to keep the advocacy flame burning and sustain the legacy of that first small group of women in upstate NY. In doing so, we will realize our vision: to make New York State PTA the premier association for advocacy and parent involvement association for all children!

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