Support Groups
Homeschoolers have created networks of support to provide a way to make friends, get ideas and information, and to offer positive socialization opportunties to their children. You can join in! There are many groups to choose from, many with specific affiliations, like Christian groups or unschoolers' groups. Some are eclectic, inclusive, and open to anyone. Whatever your interest, you are sure to find other like-minded parents. And if you don't find what you are looking for, we've put together tips for starting your own group.
Local & State Groups
Support groups offer a way for those interested in homeschooling or new to home education to get information and support. They also offer opportunities for social activities, group learning, and networking. Find a support group near you in California.
National Groups
Tap into the national homeschool movement by connecting with these national homeschool groups and support organizations.
Social Media
Connect with other homeschooling using social networking tools. You can share tips and ideas, get support, collaborate on lesson plans, upload photos, and much more.
Co-Ops
A co-op offers a way to share teaching duties with others who are excited and knowledgeable about a subject. It also offers an opportunity for your children to learn in a group and to make friends. Browse through this list of co-ops in California.
Umbrella/Cover Schools
An umbrella or cover school provides an alternative way for parents to fulfill governmental educational guidelines and requirements. Most offer a variety of services, which can include curricula, social activities, field trips, standardized testing, portfolio reviews, evaluations, and graduation materials, including diplomas. While umbrella schools do tend to the needs of homeschoolers, they are considered a type of private school in most states.
Resource Centers
Homeschool resource centers offer classes, materials, field trips, and other activities for parents and children alike. They are great ways to get new information, engage in group activities, and network with other homeschoolers.
Public School Programs
Public schools are increasing offering programs to appeal to homeschooling families, from classes to educational materials to computer and distance learning. In most cases, students enrolled in these programs are considered public school students rather than homeschoolers. Learn more about these programs and decide if these are right for your family.
Group Management
Learn how to start and manage a homeschool support group, including how to stay organized, how to handle conflict, and ideas for your support group.
What's Popular
San Diego Jewish Homeschoolers
The San Diego Jewish Homeschoolers Group in sunny California provides a strong growing network of homeschooling support and resources for Jewish homeschoolers in or around the San Diego area. They welcome all levels of Jewish observance and all levels of teaching philosophy (structured, relaxed, classical, etc.).
Unschool San Diego
Unschool San Diego is designed to facilitate connections between unschooling families in the Greater San Diego area and surrounding communities. It exists to provide a place where local unschoolers can meet and get to know one another, arrange get-togethers and have a local unschooling support group.
Western Region Unschoolers
The Western Region Unschoolers is a group for unschoolers who live in the Western U.S. covering: Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, and California. This is a forum to announce and organize conferences, travel, camping, and other places to get together.
Homeschoolers of La Mirada
Homeschoolers of La Mirada is an inclusive support group for families in the La Mirada area.
Riverside Area Home Learners (RAHL)
RAHL offers friendly, homeschooling support to all families, whether they are just beginning their home-schooling journey or have been traveling the road for years. They have park days, field trips, and other activities.
Homegrown Kids
Homegrown Kids is an inclusive group of homeschooling families in the East Bay. They meet weekly for park days and organize field trips, classes, potlucks, and other events according to members' interests and schedules.
HomeSchool Association of California
The HomeSchool Association of California supports and promotes the entire spectrum of homeschooling. They provide information, monitor and influence legislation, offer networking opportunities for homeschooling families, and more.
Homespun Learning
Homespun Learning is a no-cost secular cooperative group open to active homeschooling families living in or near Yolo County, California, including the cities of Davis, Dixon, West Sacramento, Winters, and Woodland and towns in the Capay Valley. Citizens of this co-op community both organize and participate in a range of activities open to all members based on interest and ability.
San Francisco Bay Unschooling Network
This is an online support group for homeschooling with an unschooling approach in the San Francisco Bay area.
Freedom Valley Home Learners
Freedom Valley Home Learners 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. Offers regular parkdays throughout the valley and fieldtrips throughout Southern California. 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).
Tri-City Homeschoolers
Tri-City Homeschoolers (TCH) is an informal community of homeschooling families in the Fremont-Union City-Newark area. They are an inclusive, secular group, and they welcome all homeschoolers regardless of race, religious orientation, or homeschooling program. The group offers weekly park days, an annual Talent Show, an annual Games Day, and general support and friendship.
Home Learner-Whittier Home Schooling
Home Learner is a homeschool group offering information most pertinent to Whittier homeschooling with some Los Angeles and Orange County information, occasional articles, unit studies and topical links. Homeschoolers in the group come from Whittier, La Habra, Brea, La Mirada, Hacienda Heights, Fullerton, and occasionally farther.
San Diego Home Education
San Diego Home Education is a supportive group intended to allow homeschoolers to connect with other home educating families. Offers information on resources available to home educators in the San Diego area, ideas and activities, and find encouragement.
Sierra Homeschool Network
A homeschool support group open to all families in Nevada, Placer and Yuba Counties of California. The group offers support, and activities to families who are homeschooling or just considering homeschooling.
AFE Online Bulletin Board
AFE Online Bulletin Board is an online discussion group for Santa Cruz City Schools Alternative Family Education (AFE) homeschooling program.
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