The Pioneers of Child Advocacy in Colorado

As Colorado’s original and largest parent engagement group,  Colorado PTA represents a lot of voices—and legislators recognize this fact when Colorado PTA takes a stand on an issue.  When it comes to making positive change in Colorado’s schools and families, Colorado PTA is a formidable force with more than a century-old track record in being an influential partner in state and local governments.

Highlights of Colorado PTA's century of activity
  • Establishing a Better Babies Movement, focused on promoting infant care (1914)
  • Initiating an Act to create and establish a Child Welfare Bureau in the State of Colorado (1919)
  • Supporting public education in rural communities in Colorado (1922)
  • Fighting for an increase in public school funding (1937)
  • Promoting inclusiveness by establishing the first Spanish-speaking PTA in Colorado (1937)
  • Establishing a Girls Loan Fund for advanced education (1946)
  • Recruiting over 126,000 members (1953)
  • Promoting first Project Head Start program (1967)
  • Establishing the Reflections Art program, which was adopted by national PTA (1969)
  • Spreading awareness about the link between good nutrition and learning (1970)
  • Advocating for seat-belt safety (1982)
  • Serving as an ambassador for drug/alcohol awareness initiatives (1988)
  • Opposing school vouchers as a violation of Colorado’s Constitution which resulted in the victorious 2003 lawsuit, Colorado PTA v. Owens (1993)
  • Declaring an anti-discrimination clause including LGBT community (1994)
  • Fighting for releasing volunteer crossing guards from civil liability (1996)
  • Championing Amendment 23, which requires an annual increase in K-12 funding (inc. special education and transportation) by inflation +1 percent through 2010 and inflation thereafter (2000)

Every year, Colorado PTA plays an active role in advocating for our children statewide.  To allow every child to reach his/her potential, Colorado PTA has set goals to realize a fully-funded, quality education system for all children; updated school nutritional standards; school and internet safety;  quality and affordable after-school programs;  better access to and preparation for college;  small class sizes and more.


For more information, visit a specified topic page or contact your local advocacy liaison.

PTA Advocacy Liaisons

Community Concerns

District/School Accountability Committee

Election Year Guidelines

ESSA – Every Student Succeeds Act

National Standards for Family-School Partnerships

 National, Colorado and Jeffco PTA Resources