For more than a 100 years, national Parent Teacher Association (PTA) has provided support, information and resources to families focused on the health and education of children. The organization was founded in 1897 in Washington DC as the National Congress of Mothers by Alice McLellan Birney and Phoebe Apperson Hearst. If not for these women and their vision and determination, there would not be a PTA—an organization that has been woven into the very fabric of American life. We specifically celebrate them and honor our local lifetime member award recipients on national Founders' Day, February 17th.
By whatever name it has been known, National PTA was created to meet a profound challenge: to better the lives of children. And today, it continues to flourish because PTA has never lost sight of its goal: to change the lives of children across our great nation for the better.
Background and Historical Accomplishments
In the First Session of the 111th Congress, the reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act was up for consideration. The 2009 reauthorization came at a pivotal time in our nation’s understanding of the role of nutrition in the lives of American children. In 2004, approximately 47 percent of children between the ages of 6 and 19 were either overweight or obese.
In addition, in that same year nearly 18 percent of all households with children were food insecure. The statistics on child obesity and nutrition demonstrate the need for Congress to address the needs of both long-term health and the immediate poverty-related inadequacy in the availability of affordable, nutritious food during the next reauthorization. PTA resolved to make the 2009 reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act an opportunity to comprehensively address the conditions contributing to childhood obesity and other child health issues, rather than taking a piecemeal approach. This legislation, which expired on September 30, 2009, covers many essential programs, including:
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In 2008, our District 26 in Northeastern Kentucky became active again and contains close to a dozen PTA/PTSA units.