What is the PTO and why should I participate?

  • Who?

    All parents are welcome (and encouraged) to be a member of the Early Learning Center Parent Teacher Organization (PTO).


    The Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) promotes enrichment and enhancement of the school's community by planning, coordinating and sponsoring a wide variety of school activities and fundraisers. The PTO is comprised of a Board and committee chairs.  All participation is strictly voluntary.  PTO committees fall into the following broad categories:

    • Fundraising - The goal of these committees is to raise money so that the PTO can help the teachers purchase additional classroom materials not covered by the school's budget, sponsor PTO-hosted programs or activities and purchase items for the entire school for which their is no available funding.
    • Programs/Events - These are the majority of the committees and include: social events, cultural arts assemblies, service projects, and reading clubs.
    • Communication – These committees are responsible for disseminating valuable information about upcoming and recently completed events through different channels.



    PTO meetings are generally held once a month at 7:00PM in the Family Center. Any parent is welcome to attend. Young children are welcome. PTO events are scheduled throughout the year and communication is sent home in backpacks or posted on the website.  PTO members and non-members are always encouraged to participate!



    Involvement with the PTO provides parents and caregivers with deeper insight into the community that is helping care for their children.

    • PTO meetings are a wealth of information about the Early Learning Center and the rest of the Barrington 220 district.
    • Involvement with the PTO is an excellent way to meet other parents and learn about other programs or events that might interest your family
    • Board and committee members provide updates on activities and completed events. 



    How do I get involved?

    •  Contact PTO President @ barringtonelcpto@gmail.com
    •  Talk to other parents to find out more about committees in which they are involved.


    If chairing a committee is too much of a commitment, then signing up to be a volunteer can be a great way to help and get involved.