North Dakota PTA History

The North Dakota Congress of Parents and Teachers (NDPTA) was founded as a volunteer organization in 1915. NDPTA is present in schools across ND with over 4000 members and over 35 local units throughout our state. The NDPTA serves as a link between the National PTA and local units.

When you join your local PTA or PTSA, you become part of our state association and the larger National PTA. Your voice joins 5000-plus members across North Dakota and millions across the United States as advocates for our children.

The NDPTA is governed by a Board of Directors. Contact these officers with questions regarding your local unit, to inquire on starting a local PTA unit, if you are interested in a leadership position with the NDPTA, or if you would like to contact an officer or committee chair.

Our History

National PTA was founded in 1897 when thousands of mothers (and a few fathers) convened in Washington, D.C. with the common goal of improving the lives of American children. First organized as the National Congress of Mothers by Alice McLellan and Phoebe Apperson Hearst, PTA lists many accomplishments at the national and state level. To name a few:

  • the creation of kindergarten classes
  • child labor laws to p[rotect children from exploitation
  • a public health service to promote child health and well-being
  • hot lunch programs
  • a juvenile justice system
  • universal immunization against preventable disesases

As the largest volunteer child advocacy association in the nation, Parent Teacher Association (PTA) reminds our country of its obligations to children and provides parents and families with a powerful voice to speak on behalf of every child while providing the best tools for parents to help their children be successful students.

PTA does not act alone. Working in cooperation with many national education, health, safety, and child advocacy groups and federal agencies, National PTA collaborates on projects that benefit children and that bring valuable resources to its members.

More information about National PTA is available on its website, pta.org

North Dakota PTA (NDPTA) was founded in May of 1915 and was first officially recognized at the National Congress of Parents and Teachers convention in Portland, Oregon on May 12-16, 1915. The first President of NDPTA was Dr. R. A. Archer of Valley City. Initially, there were about 200 members throughout the state, with no local units. the first unit formed in the state was the "Pioneer" unit and was established in Cathay in 1923.

Membership since that first year has varied from that original 200 members across the state to a record high of 40,000 plus members in 1956-57. Today membership is approximately 4000 members, with 2 councils and 35 local units.

The work of the NDPTA through the years varied immensely. Areas of emphasis and accomplishments include:

  • The Rural Demonstration - established in 1924, this 5 year project awakened interest in the work of PTA and helped people learn a responsibility to their schools. It resulted in phenomenal growth in PTA membership and a group of trained people who knew parent-teacher objectives and procedures.
  • Country Play Day Movement - resulted in hot lunches and play ground equipment for rural schools.
  • Development of youth advisory councils to improve hot school lunches.
  • Development of the Coalition for Public Education which was formed to fight tuition tax credits.
  • Save our State coalition which succeeded in protecting education funding for the children in our state.
  • Work on School Nurse Legislation

NDPTA is continually working towards its' mission and with your help, all of our children can be successful. Volunteer or Join NOW!