February 08, 2011 11:12 ET

HHS Secretary Sebelius to Speak to Parents, Child Advocates During National PTA Legislative Conference, March 9

PTA Takes to Capitol Hill, Builds Momentum Around Child Advocacy Issues; Family Engagement in Education; Education Funding

ALEXANDRIA, VA--(Marketwire - February 8, 2011) - Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius will address parents and child advocates on Wednesday, March 9 at a luncheon during the National PTA® Legislative Conference (March 9 - 10). The event will take place at the Doubletree Hotel Crystal City -- National Airport (300 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA).

Secretary Sebelius is slated to speak about how effective family engagement, beginning with Head Start and during a child's early years, lays a positive foundation for success during transitions and across a child's lifespan.

"We commend Secretary Sebelius as she continues to champion for children and families," said Charles "Chuck" J. Saylors, National PTA President. "We are honored to have the Secretary speak to parents and child advocates at our National Legislative Conference as she is a great role model through her tireless efforts in childhood health and development -- an area of public policy in which PTA has been instrumental since our inception in 1897. PTA looks forward to supporting the Secretary's efforts in family engagement in Head Start, early education, and childhood health and development."

The two-day conference is designed to motivate 'grasstop' leaders from across the country and provide an in-depth look at the latest PTA Public Policy Agenda through a series of workshops, skill building trainings, panel discussions and guest speakers.

The conference will culminate with Capitol Hill visits with congressional leaders that will focus on 2011 public policy priorities: effective family engagement in education and equity and opportunity in education for all children.

For more information about the National PTA Legislative Conference, please visit

The 2011 National PTA Federal Public Policy Agenda can be viewed at

About National PTA
National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.

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