Friday, May 18, 2012

Social Networking Community for Homeschoolers/Support Groups for Home Educators
Another unique feature of this group is a full time guidance counselor, Sarah Ball, who has almost a decade of experience guiding homeschool families.  Sarah will be available at each meeting to answer questions ranging from dual enrollment to how to prepare high school transcripts.
Homeschooling in South Florida has changed considerably in the last ten years. The Working Parents Homeschool Support Group was designed to meet these changing needs.
We meet at the Sunshine Learning Center 1703 N. St. Rd. 7, Margate, FL 33063.

Global Directory

Home Education League of Parents (HELP)

H.E.L.P.--our acronym says it all! We're here to "help" homeschooling parents in many ways. We especially provide support and encouragement through monthly meetings for parents with care groups and workshops. There is an extensive Resource Library with curriculum, readers, dvd's/videos, games, and science equipment for loan. We organize weekly classes for Pre-K through 12th and host a number of Electives. Member parents coordinate family-friendly outings, Christmas and Talent Shows as well as Field Trips. Activities begin in September and run through May, ending with a highly personalized Graduation. We are associated with NYS LEAH* and are a ministry of Elim Gospel Church. Membership requires payment of a yearly fee and volunteer time. Classes costs are separate. *Loving Education At Home, Inc. is an organization of like-minded Christian home educators in New York State, dedicated to observing the biblical commands of Deuteronomy 6:4-9 , Proverbs 22:6 and Ephesians 6:4. LEAH began in 1983 with five Christian families seeking support and fellowship. It grew into a statewide not-for-profit ministry providing support through a network of local chapters.

City: Lima - South of Rochester
Contact: Dave & Debbie Hinton

Here are some links to resources you may find useful.

THE homeschool how-to site - everything you need to know about homeschooling and a whole lot more!

A to Z Home's Cool
Great source for state laws, support groups, useful resources, lesson ideas, educational websites.  She has it all from A to Z!

The Alternative Education Resources Organization

Find alternative, private schools and information about alternative schooling.
Homeschool Central
Good source for homeschool resources, support groups, national organizations, and much more.

Jon's Homeschool Resources

Good source for resources and support groups.

Leaping from the Box

Articles and resources to assist homeschoolers, home educators, unschoolers and independent learners who desire to move beyond the "cookie-cutter" box mentality in their homeschooling or unschooling journey. Ideas and materials for Independent Learners along with tips for using textbooks (curriculum), community resources & online information.  Great search engine for finding local support groups in every state!

National Home Education Network

Encourages state and local homeschooling organizations and individuals by providing information, fostering networking, including links to local/state support grouops, and promoting public relations on a national level.


Families on the Road

The site for families who are on the road fulltime, on extended road trips, or are just dreaming about it.


A site to encourage homeschooling families with special needs children, including local support groups.

National Black Home Educators
Good source of information, local support, state laws.

Single Parents Who Home School

Our support group meets on the internet to meet the needs of those of us that can't make it to a regular meeting time because of our work schedules and commitments.


Home School Digest

In the Home School Digest, you'll find practical tips, simple suggestions and bold Biblical challenges that make up an open forum for wrestling through the complex issues that affect homeschooling families. We pray that the broad, yet uncompromising approach you'll find in Home School Digest will strengthen, encourage and equip you in your journey of homeschooling, raising Godly children, and walking closer with Jesus Christ.

Morningstar Educational Network

A Christian ministry helping parents discover the blessings of a biblical home education.

SBACS - Starting a Christian School

The Southern Baptist Association of Christian Schools (SBACS) has guidelines and resources for starting a Christian school.

This website presents homeschooling information, support and encouragement, resources and reviews, free newsletters, networking and discussion lists, and the online archives of Home Education Magazine, offering 10 years of articles, interviews, columns, resources, reviews and more which you can read online, anytime - FREE!

Homeschool World

The official website of Practical Homeschooling Magazine.  Source for homeschool news and information.  Great source for support groups and organizations.

Homeschooling Today

A distinctively Christian publication committed to delivering trustworthy and timely articles that provide encouragement and spiritual growth to Christian families involved in the mission of educating their children.

The Link

Source for homeschool news and information.

The Old Schoolhouse

Global homeschooling company offering homeschoolers a variety of resources and encouragement, as well as ways to learn about the latest and greatest educational resources out there.
A Christian magazine for Home Educators.
Antelope Valley

Homeschool Connections Antelope Valley
Welcome to Homeschool Connections Antelope Valley serving the Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita Valley and Kern County. You can join if you are in a charter program, ISP or filed a private school affidavit. Enrollment is FREE! Homeschool Connections is an active group with a CHRISTIAN FAITH BASE that likes to do more than just share resources. Our families want more than schooling ideas; they want to develop lasting relationships for their children and themselves. Because of that, our goal is to provide you and your family with Encouragement, resources and fun. We do that by providing our parents with a stream of activities to choose from ensuring that everyone has a chance to get involved at some level.
Rose Rock
Antelope Valley Rose Rock Homeschool Support Group is the founding chapter of Rose Rock Global Homeschool Network with members all over the world. Our main focus is to connect with other home educating families in a warm, friendly environment regardless of homeschooling style or religious affiliation. All home educating families are welcome to attend our events.
Central LA and Hollywood

Urban Homeschoolers
Atwater Village Area. Urban Homeschoolers is a place for families from all educational philosophies: school at home, unschooled, religious, and secular schooled. We embrace, respect and support the diversity of all homeschooling communities. We provide a variety of classroom spaces for independent teachers and student-led classes. We are a space for clubs to meet and connections to be made with new and old friends. Urban Homeschoolers mission is to support and bring together the homeschooling community with a physical space for school activities and online resources to meet a variety of homeschooling and educational needs. Email (323) 251-9652
Long Beach

BayShore Homeschoolers Support Group
Meeting in the Long Beach area. BayShore Homeschoolers is a support group open to all homeschoolers (or those interested), regardless of faith, ethnicity,lifestyle and/or philosophy of education.
Dragon Tree Home Learners
An inclusive group serving coastal Orange County and the Long Beach area.
Orange County

South County Kids
South County Kids is an inclusive homeschool support group in South Orange County, CA. We embrace diversity within our membership including cultural, religious, ethnic and philosophical. South County Kids meets weekly at public parks, museums and community centers. Our membership includes students (1st-8th graders) and younger siblings (newborn-Kinder). Most of our weekly group activities are geared around educational subjects/topics such as science, social studies, history and art.
Rainbow Kids
We are an inclusive group of homeschooling families based in Orange County, CA. Our members vary in homeschooling styles, religions, political views, and family structures. Our children range in ages from 1 to 17 years. We meet on Thursdays, usually in and around North and Central Orange County; for theme days, field trips, park days, support and socializing for both kids and adults. We usually go to a local park after any field trip, and sometimes people who did not attended the field trip will still join us at the park. We have an optional monthly Moms' Night Out. Email
South Orange County Home Schooling Group
SOCHS exists as an inclusive, non-religious group of families which welcomes many different styles of home learning. We offer weekly events. Contact: Debi Richtman Email
Secular Home Educators
We are an eclectic group of homeschoolers in the Northern Orange County / L.A. County area. This is an inclusive all ages group . During the school year we try to meet at least once a month for a park day. We also try to regularly schedule field trips.
Home Learners
An inclusive homeschool support group based in Whittier.
Liahona of Orange County
The Liahona Homeschool Support Group was started in 1988 to provide an organized opportunity for Latter-day Saint homeschooling families in Orange County, California to meet together. Since that time, we have continued to meet every Wednesday for field trips, park days, and other activities.
OC Homescooling
A web site full of information by and for homeschoolers in Orange County.
Inland Empire

Freedom Valley Home Learners (Freedom) Yahoo Group
Freedom Valley Home Learners (Freedom) Yahoo Group is an all-inclusive group of homeschooling families in the Temecula Valley area. The purpose of the group is to provide information and support to homeschooling families in the Temecula Valley Area. In addition to the yahoo email group, this group offers regular parkdays throughout the valley and fieldtrips throughout Southern California. We also have a very large teen group that meets twice a month. Members of this group are respectful of other families’ homeschooling choices, whether they utilize a public charter or private school and whether they follow a traditional, classical, or unschooling educational philosophy. Most of the members of this group reside in Southwest Riverside County (Lake Elsinore, Murrieta, Canyon Lake, Wildomar, Menifee, South Corona, and Temecula and outlying areas). Email Kris
Riverside Area Home Learners
Homeschool support group in the Riverside area.
Inland Empire Area Home Learners
Meeting in Rancho Cucamonga.
High Desert Homeschoolers
Our primary purpose is to offer support for each other and share ideas for home educating, as well as to provide our children with fun opportunities, both structured and informal, in a supervised setting.
Santa Clarita Valley

Homeschooling In SCV
This is an email loop for a homeschool support group based in the Santa Clarita Valley (near Six Flags Magic Mountain)
San Fernando Valley

Home Circle
An email loop for the Home Circle support group meeting in northwest San Fernando Valley.
West Valley Homeschoolers
Our purpose: To offer activities and socialization opportunities which are otherwise difficult to find as a homeschooling family.
Homeschool Garden
We are in Los Angeles County and located in Studio City which is in the East San Fernando Valley. We are an all inclusive group where families have the opportunity to participate in classes, park days, field trips, and festivals. 818.766-2088
San Gabriel Valley

Homeschooling FUN!
A support group based in southwest area of San Gabriel Valley for families choosing to take charge of their children's education. Visit with us every Thursday for Park Day at Whittier Narrows park. Classes, field trips & Frontier Girls/Boys Troop #166. Email 951-533-7857 Email
Excellence in Education (EIE)
ISP/support group. Contact Martin Forte (626) 357-4443 or Email
An email loop for homeschoolers meeting in the west San Gabriel Valley area.
Home School Families of So Cal
Located in Glendora/Covina - members live in surrounding areas (Glendora, Covina, Azusa, Diamond Bar, Walnut, San Dimas, LaVerne, Pomona, Claremont & Upland.) We are open to anyone who is willing to come to Glendora/Covina for support. This group is for any home schooling families in Southern California who wish to share in activities, learning, teaching, playing and being a part of a loving community of families who share in the act of home schooling. If you home school through a charter school, Independant Study program, file an R4, un-school or any other type of home schooling not mentioned you are welcome to be a part of this community. It is my intention that this will be a place for support for home schooling families who need each other. This ia a place where we can find others to share activities with, where anyone can feel free to plan group field trips, group camping trips, offer reading clubs, classes and park days - whatever it is that you want to try to do --- I hope that you can find friends here to do that with.
South Bay

South Bay Homeschool Network
South Bay Homeschool Network is an inclusive support group, unaffiliated with any organization. Our goal is to create an environment where homeschoolers can meet, exchange ideas, and build relationships. We are an informal group with no dues, contracts or organizational structure. Members are not obligated to attend activities. All homeschoolers are invited regardless of homeschool philosophy or religious beliefs. Email
Ventura County

Point Mugu Homeschoolers
Located on Point Mugu military base, the group is designed to support military homeschoolers. Weekly arts and crafts day, followed by a beach trip. Monthly support group meetings and field trips. Contact Rebecca Cleary (805) 271-9209 or Lisa McGinn (805) 986-0070.
Conejo Valley Homeschoolers
Meeting in the Thousand Oaks area.
Ventura County Home Learners
All current, past, and prospective homeschooling families in and near the Ventura County area are welcome to join this informative support group.
Faith Academy
A Christian home school support group. If you live in Moorpark, Thousand Oaks or Simi Valley and are interested, contact us. No cost. No membership applications required.
West Side

Culver Westchester Homeschool Network
...we are an "inclusive" community; we value and respect the various educational philosophies and diverse religious/cultural views of our members. Because we have different backgrounds, we require acceptance (or at least polite toleration) of all members. Our common ground is that we are all home educating.
Teen and Pre-Teen Groups

RK SoCal Teens
We're a group of homeschooled and unschooled teens and their parents who gather in and around Orange County, CA for beach parties, regional dances, pizza nights, campouts, Disneyland trips and other events. We welcome all homeschoolers new and old, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, homeschool style, what you eat or don't eat or what time you get out of bed. Email.
Homeschool Teen Connection Announcement Board
This board is strictly for promoting Teen Only activities around southern California and connecting teen homeschoolers to groups in their locality.
Good Time Kids Pre-teen and Teen Homeschoolers
Video games, bowling, movies, kite flying, parties, beach days. Serves the Santa Monica area, reaching out to families in Malibu, Playa Del Rey, Culver City, West Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Westchester, Brentwood.
Homeschooled JR High Funky Monkeys
This is a homeschool group for boyz and girlz in jr high (6th 7th & 8th) grade, who live in or around La county, Antelope Valley, Santa Claria Valley, Los Angelas, and around there.Were we hang out, go see movies, go to arcades, and tons more, just to have fun.This is not a suport group, its just a place for homeschooled jr high students to hang out together and meet other homeschoolers.
Groups serving all of LA

SDP Home Scholars of Southern California
*SDP Home Scholars is Secular, Diverse and Progressive group, created to provide additional opportunities for socialization, support & resources. This group will available for the entire Homeschooling community. Contact: Email
LA Muslim Homeschoolers
A new group of diverse Muslim homeschooling families to get together for field trips, park days and other activities. All Muslim families are welcome to attend. The group aims to be culturally and ethnically inclusive. We are not a discussion forum for differences of religious perspective, just all Muslims to come together to support each other homeschooling.

National Center for Education Information

[go to]American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE)
[go to]Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium
[go to]Mid-Atlantic Regional Teachers Project
[go to]National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification
[go to]Reciprocity for Advanced Certification through National Board (NBPTS)
[go to]Northeast Regional Credential Program
[go to]State-by-State Teacher Certification Requirements

Home Education
[go to]National Center for Home Education
Home/School Organizations
[go to]National Parent Teacher Association
[go to]PTO Today/Home of America’s 80,000 K-8 School Parent Teacher Groups

Education News/Organizations/Publications
[go to]Alliance for Excellent Education
[go to]American Enterprise Institute
[go to]American Educational Research Association
[go to]American Institutes for Research
[go to]Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University
[go to]Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
[go to]Brookings Institute
[go to]Cato Institute
[go to]Center for Public Education
[go to]Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)
[go to]Council of the Great City Schools
[go to]Education Commission of the States
[go to]Education Digest
[go to]Education Intelligence Agency
[go to]Education News
Education Next
[go to]Education Writers Association
[go to]Haberman Educational Foundation
[go to]Heritage Foundation
[go to]National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education

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