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Start a PTA


Come see what makes PTA special!

If you are considering starting a new PTA unit, we'd love to have you. PTA is the oldest and biggest child advocacy association in the country! National PTA is 125 years old with millions of members, and Louisiana PTA is celebrating its centennial year! 

Whether you are a parent, caregiver, school official or community leader, starting a PTA in your community is easy! Each local PTA is a member-led and member-run independent association providing programs, activities and services to support its members and community. All PTAs are established to achieve PTA’s mission. All PTAs must comply with local, state and federal laws and regulations. Local PTAs are connected to their state PTA, at times a district, council or region PTA within the state and National PTA. These connections form a nationwide network of millions of members working on behalf of all children and youth.


Would you like to start a PTA at your school? We'd be honored to talk to you about what PTA has to offer and how to get a new PTA established. Louisiana PTA (LAPTA) assists with organizing new PTA units who are an independent nonprofit, established in accordance with state and federal laws, and are affiliated with LAPTA and National PTA. The process is unique for each unit. Don't let it overwhelm you. LAPTA will help along the way.

Reactivating a PTA

Louisiana PTA assists with reactivating an existing PTA who was an active PTA, became inactive, and now wants to start back up. The process is unique for each unit. Email to begin.

Step 1: Initial Contact

Email A LAPTA Board member will meet with your group and walk through the steps. LAPTA will either reassign the old LUR# (Local Unit Registration) or assign a new LUR later.  LAPTA decides to appoint officers or if elections shall be held. 

Step 2: Planning Committee

Form a Planning Committee of parents, school administration, teachers, and community members interested in forming a PTA. Select a Chair and a Secretary of the Planning Committee. Organize the Bylaws Committee. Organize the Nominating Committee to seeks qualified nominees for office.  

Step 3: Reactivation Meeting

Distribute notices of the organizational meeting to all parents, teachers, school staff, and community members. At the meeting, move to reactivate the PTA. Vote on the Bylaws. Collect member dues. Hold elections. Submit results from the meeting to LAPTA. All Board members register with LAPTA.

Step 4: EIN, Articles of Incorporation, & Bank

Apply for a new Employee Identification Number (EIN) with the IRS. Apply for Articles of Incorporation with Louisiana Secretary of State at Establish the checking account. Submit paperwork to LAPTA.


Step 5: Executive Committee Meeting, Training, & Registration

Executive Committee meets to set goals, develop a proposed budget with Budget Committee, select committee chairs, and plan membership drives. Participate in officer and committee training with LAPTA. Create email accounts for all Board members. Start a GroupMe or Band App for group communication with the Board.  

Step 6: General Membership Meeting and Insurance

Conduct a General Membership meeting. The General Membership approves the proposed budget. Share the programs, events, and goals of the PTA. Obtain insurance for general liability and bonding with an insurance company. Submit paperwork to LAPTA.

Step 7: Plan the Year

Plan your programs and projects. is an excellent source of information and programs for the community. Coordinate plans with the principal. Remember to advocate for every child in your school!  Celebrate! And Welcome to National PTA and Louisiana PTA!

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