PTA stands for Parent-Teacher Association.  It is a formal, nationally-based organization, with a definitive structure. 

PTO stands for Parent-Teacher Organization.  While not nationally organized, there are thousands of PTO chapters throughout the country.  In Milford, some schools have a PTA unit, while others have a PTO.

Our schools depend on active parent involvement and volunteerism.   We hope we will be able to count on you to help keep the Milford Public Schools strong and vibrant through your membership in either of these groups.  

National PTA

The National PTA organization was founded in 1897 in Washington, D.C. -- an organization that has become the largest volunteer child advocacy association in the nation.

 At the national level, the group works to provide parents and families with a powerful voice to speak on behalf of every child while providing the best tools for parents to help their children become successful.  The national PTA collaborates with many national education, health, safety, and child advocacy groups and federal agencies.

For more information, please visit the National PTA website.

Connecticut PTA

Connecticut PTA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, established in 1900, to further the mission and objects of the National PTA. Currently, Connecticut PTA is comprised of more than 260 units and 56,000 members statewide.

The Connecticut PTA exists as a source of information and support to all local (school) units and members throughout the entire state.

The Connecticut PTA is organized through the structure of five regions, or districts.  Milford is a member of Regional District III.

Fellow district members in Region III include: Branford, Cheshire, Clinton, Derby, Durham, East Haven, Guilford, Hamden, Meriden, Middletown, Milford, New Haven, North Haven, Orange, Old Saybrook, Seymour and West Haven.

For more information, please visit the Connecticut PTA Website.

Milford PTA-O Leadership

The Milford Council of PTAs is a consortium of delegate-representatives from every PTA and PTO school-based group in our city. 

They work together on issues that will benefit all parent-teacher groups and focus, in a collaborative way, on the health, education, and welfare of all children in Milford.


Council President Jessica De Young

1st Vice President Emmeline Harrigan

2nd Vice President Kara Flannery.

Treasurer Bridget Krauss.

Secretary Kristyn Liebelt


Calf Pen Meadow   Stephanie Kanaan

John F. Kennedy Jennifer Conroy 

Elizabeth Shipman

Live Oaks Michele Moll

Mathewson DanielleValenzano

Meadowside Bridget Krauss

Orange Avenue Wylie Blake

Orchard Hills Jaime McCormack

Orchard Hills Nicole Semanchik

Pumpkin Delight Amy Fino

East Shore Middle Denise Posey

East Shore Middle Mary D'Amato

Harborside Middle Kym Ward

West Shore Middle   Jamie Smith


[All meetings begin at 7:00 p.m., unless otherwise announced].

Sept. 17, 2020  

Oct. 15, 2020  

Nov. 19, 2020  

Dec/Jan: no meeting  

Feb. 18, 2021  

March 18, 2021  

April 15, 2021  

May 20, 2021

Milford PTA-O Chapters

Elementary PTA/O Groups

Cal Pen Meadow

John F. Kennedy

Live Oaks



Orange Avenue

Orchard Hills

Pumpkin Delight

Middle School PTA/O Groups

East Shore


West Shore

PTO Info

The Parent Teacher Organization is similar to PTA in that it works to improve the quality of our children's lives and education.

A major presence on the national scene, PTO Today was founded in 1999 as a valuable resource center for all school parent groups (regardless of their PTA or PTO status).

PTO Today is a private company, owned by School Family Media, and focuses exclusively on providing practical and meaningful parent involvement at school.  The organization offers a wide variety of assistance and tools in the form of their national magazine (also called PTO Today), parent group insurance discounts, practical guides to follow in the operation of a school-based parent group, software and many other practical support items.