What are the ECCPTA and Florida PTA?
Founded in 1921, Florida PTA is the largest statewide volunteer organization working exclusively on behalf of children and youth. The ECCPTA is this area’s local chapter. Our mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.
The Florida PTA is:
a branch of over 5 million members made up of over 1350 local units with more than 364,000 Florida members seeking to unite home, school and community for all children
noncommercial, nonsectarian and nonpartisan; it does not endorse commercial enterprises or political candidates
a network of volunteers serving on important statewide committees and task forces
any mom, dad, teacher, principal, cafeteria worker, coach, counselor, grandparent, student, business person, or citizen who believes that children should be a priority for our future
ECCPTA Supports Local PTA Unit
Informs local units about events and child related issues through the ECCPTA Facebook page and emails
Provides updates on legislative activities affecting children during legislative sessions through the Florida PTA Network
Encourages home-to-school and parent-to-parent communication through planned and tested program outlines
Provides current information on all aspects of the ECCPTA through this web site and social media
Provides access to state sponsored summertime Leadership Conference for unit presidents, officers, chairs and members
Provides experienced trainers at a local level for local unit assistance
Encourages self-help through a variety of National PTA and FLPTA provided print and video resources
Provides an annual area leadership workshop for all local PTA officers
Florida PTA at Work
Democracy in Action
The governing body of the Florida PTA meets during the annual summertime Leadership Conference. Delegates representing local associations, county councils, and members of the state board of directors:
Consider, debate, amend and approve a legislative Action Platform
Interact and share with local PTA units
Florida PTA monitors every session of the Florida Legislature, gavel-to-gavel, and holds an annual Legislative Conference, LegCon, designed to educate about important pending state legislation and policy initiatives.
Advocacy efforts are based on National and Florida PTA legislative priorities and extend to the Governor’s office and the Department of Education.
LegCon is open to child advocacy allies and community members who are concerned about the education, health, safety, and well-being of children.
LegCon provides members an opportunity to learn how the legislative process works and interact with their hometown legislators. Florida PTA is a PRO-ACTIVE advocate for children’s issues and has had significant influence on major legislation.
Many awards are presented to local PTAs and county councils in recognition of their accomplishments.
Florida PTA provides numerous scholarships for qualified students who wish to continue their education beyond high school.