Virginia PTA
1027 Wilmer Avenue
Richmond VA 23227-2419
Phone: 804.264.1234
Toll Free: 866.4vakids (82.5437)
Fax: 804.264.4014
Hours: 8:00AM–4:30PM M-F

Virginia PTA Achievements

  • 2015 Annual Conference delegates adopted three resolution: The Dangers of E-Cigarettes, Dyslexia, and Parental SOL Opt-Out Designation on Non-End of Course SOL Tests. The Virginia PTA State, District, Council and Local Unit Bylaws were completely revised. Virginia First Lady, Dorothy McAuliffe, was recognized as Child Advocate of the Year. Launched a new student program: Power Plates, and added elementary and special education students to the Citizenship Essay Program.
  • 2014 Virginia PTA listed as a participant of the Standards of Learning Innovation Committee in the Virginia Code as passed in HB930. Added part-time Resource Development staff member to grow non-dues revenues, and develop partnerships. Adopted 2014-2017 Strategic Plan. Implemented digital distribution of newsletters and local unit mailings, and included principals and superintendents.
  • 2013 New website launched. Two students appointed to Board of Managers. Two Virginia PTA Resolution: Automated External Defibrillator and Meningococcal Vaccine adopted at National PTA Convention. Three Board members served on Governor's School Safety Task Force. Partnerships with Colonial Williamsburg Foundation; Virginia529; and Virginia Lottery.
  • 2012 Memorandum of Understanding with Watch D.O.G.S. to assist Male Involvement Initiative. Increased social media use for member communication and created a new web site. Board of Managers includes a Marketing Committee and 2 new Vice-Presidents; of Training and of Membership.
  • 2011 Adopted three-year Strategic Plan. Last stand alone Leadership Training Conference and State Convention.
  • 2010 Partnered with American Heart Association to promote heart healthy activities and nutrition.
  • 2009 Alcohol Energy Drinks - Resolution and legislation passed in Virginia and National PTA.
  • 2008 Promoted Virginia's “Super Teachers” through a partnership with Virginia Lottery.
  • 2007 First presentation of “Internet Safety 101: Empowering parents” program in partnership with Enough-Is-Enough and Verizon.
  • 2002 Expanded use of Virginia PTA Voice and Capitol News electronic newsletter. Added Action Alert Network
  • 2000 Virginia PTA becomes a charter member of the Virginia Education Coalition
  • 1997 State office moved to Wilmer Avenue in Richmond from Augusta Avenue (state office since 1967)
  • 1994 Education Summit on Parent and Community Involvement held.
  • 1987 Dues raised from fifty to sixty cents. Virginia became # 3 in membership in National PTA.
  • 1986 Assisted Department of Education in distribution of 5 booklets to parents describing educational opportunities
  • 1976 First PTA Day held at the General Assembly. State Board of Education asked PTA for a representative to serve on State Special Education Advisory Committee.
  • 1970 First Summer Conference held with 75 participants attending.
  • 1964 Legislative Conference held in Richmond.
  • 1957 Membership of 242,409 with 976 units.
  • 1955 Student Scholarship Fund of $1200 for four $300 loans for teacher preparation at state colleges.
  • 1940 Twenty traveling exhibitions with the assistance of a qualified lecturer illustrated the various aspects of art and culture available for use by Virginia's cultural and educational agencies. Program repeated in 1941.
  • 1937 National Congress of Parents and Teachers held its forty-first annual convention in Richmond. About 2500 delegates were in attendance. On Sunday May 2, about 700 delegates and officers attended the planting on a pin oak tree in Capitol Square.
  • 1933 The Virginia Cooperative Education Association merges with Virginia Congress of Parents and Teachers.
  • 1930 Virginia Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers President, Mrs. Clara L.K. Bailey of Portsmouth. Seven Vice Presidents represent different areas of the state. The annual reports states 460 members paid dues of 5 cents. The Five Point Health Campaign and the Four Point Home Campaign directed by the State Department has been carried out in nearly all parts of the state. Additional programs included: illiteracy, school nurses, music, vocational education, and kindergarten.
  • 1926 31,098 citizens belonged to 968 leagues, working together to raise funds to purchase school equipment, employ janitors, serve hot lunches, provide milk, improve playgrounds, and install fire escapes on school buildings. Mary Munford wrote, “The league bridges the chasm between the home and school and unifies the interests of the community.
  • 1923 In the first year Miss Koontz reported 203 active Junior Leagues, 63 of which fulfilled the condition for a banner league. These leagues have a membership of 12,000 school children and raised $10,163.97 for community and school improvement.
  • 1922 Miss Frieda Koontz appointed secretary of the Junior Community Leagues
  • 1921 April 2 Virginia Branch of the National Congress of Mothers and Parent Teacher Association chartered in Roanoke as the 39th Congress (note: National PTA established February 1897). Mrs. Harry Semones of Cloverdale serves as President until 1928.
  • 1921 Address of Mrs. B.B. Munford to the attendees of the November Convention. “The 17th year of our work which closed November 1, is estimated that 300,000 citizens have gathered this year, generally at the schoolhouse to discuss, plan, work for the improvement of their own communities....our Association will thus have had the honor of inaugurating the movement of two of the significant and creative events of the first quarter of the twentieth century life in Virginia: The May Campaign and the State of Rural Life Conference.”
  • 1918 Community League News published monthly by the Cooperative Education Association. Issues included local community league news plus legislation, health, co-operative marketing, citizenship, recreation, social activities, better schools, and better leagues.
  • 1910 Mary Cooke Branch Munford of Richmond elected President of the VCEA and served until 1924. Traditionally the First Vice-President was always the Governor of the Commonwealth.
  • 1905 The first President of the VCEA is Dr. S.C. Mitchell. The “May Campaign” set ambitious goals of a Citizen Education Association in every county and city promoting public education. Speakers blanketed the state. More than 300 addresses were delivered at 108 meetings in 94 counties, and volunteers distributed more than 200,000 pages of educational literature.
  • 1904 Virginia Cooperative Education Association (VCEA) formed by Joseph Dupuy Eggleston II, Superintendent of Public Instruction, and a group of citizens interested in public education.
  • 1902 Virginia state constitution adopted with a provision for a modern Department of Public Instruction.