January: The Month of the Suburban Child

This month, National PTA’s Every Child in Focus campaign is centering on the Suburban Child. Last week, National PTA President Otha Thornton traveled to Capitol Hill to meet with members of the Suburban Agenda Caucus and discussed ways to increase support for suburban children.

Next week we will continue the conversation in a webinar on Jan. 28—featuring Elizabeth Kneebone of the Brookings Institute—where we will share promising models and recommendations to more effectively address poverty at the metropolitan scale. National PTA will also award a copy of Elizabeth Kneebone’s book, Confronting Suburban Poverty in America to one webinar attendee.

Today, suburbs are home to the largest and fastest growing poor population in the country. Join the discussion online@PTAThornton @NationalPTA and #EveryChild and visit our PTA One-Voice blog for information on the unique challenges facing suburban children. Our Suburban Child page also shares how PTAs can better empower, support and improve outcomes for students and families.
We want to hear from you, so be sure to share your ideas or plans to host an Every Child in Focus event.

National PTA’s Every Child in Focus is a campaign to strengthen Family Engagement in Schools by celebrating the achievements and reporting the disparities within diverse populations, and sharing resources and advocacy tools to help understand the needs of every child. The campaign is a school-year-long series that provides educators, families and PTAs with the information they need to deepen family engagement in schools through the PTA National Standards for Family-School Partnerships.