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
North Valley Academy
North Valley Academy is a group of families of North Valley Church in Antelope, CA.
Marin Homeschool Families
A support group for families in Marin County, California who are homeschooling their kids.
CaliforniaHS
Email support group sponsored by California Homeschool Network (CHN), a non-profit statewide organization.
Homefires Calendar
Get the latest updates on field trips, co-op classes, museum days, park days, educational events, etc., for homeschoolers in California and beyond, with special focus on the San Francisco Bay Area.
San Joaquin Homeschoolers
San Joaquin Homeschoolers is a place to keep in touch with other homeschoolers in the Greater Stockton area
Antelope Valley RoseRock Homeschool Group
Antelope Valley RoseRock Homeschool Group serves all residents of the Antelope Valley and surrounding communities who are interested in an inclusive homeschool support group. Offers park days, field trips, craft days, various classes, book swaps, pot lucks, and many other activities.
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.
All Ways Learning-Inland Empire
All Ways Learning-Inland Empire is an inclusive park day/support group open to all families who are currently homeschooling or who are considering this educational option. Weekly park days are held in Redlands, CA. Families currently participating live in Redlands, Highland, Yucaipa and other surrounding San Bernardino & Riverside County cities.
Homeschooler Connection
Homeschooler Connection is a support group for homeschooler in Humboldt County. Offers support, ideas, friendship, information, and more.
California Homeschool Network Legal Rights Committee
California Homeschool Network's volunteer legal committee doesn't give legal advice, but they can share information about the experiences of other homeschoolers who have asked those same questions, and they can help you understand current homeschool laws and regulations. The CHN Legal Defense Fund was established in 2000 to benefit families who do not qualify, for any reason, for assistance from one of the other legal services organizations.
West Valley Homeschoolers of Los Angeles
Support group for West Valley Homeschoolers of Los Angeles, California, a secular group of homeschooling families.
San Francisco Homeschoolers
San Francisco Homeschoolers is an inclusive group of homeschooling families in San Francisco that meets weekly park days and other events.
Homeschool Shakespeare Company
The School of Choice in San Jose offers an opportunity for homeschooled students to participate in a dramatic production. Provides ongoing information to participants in these dramatic productions.
Homeschoolers of La Mirada
Homeschoolers of La Mirada is an inclusive support group for families in the La Mirada area.
CA-Homeschooling-HSC
An all-inclusive online community discussing all issues of homeschooling. This community is sponsored by the HomeSchool Association of California, HSC, an inclusive, non-profit group. Offers lively discussions, sharing of ideas, and HSC's news about fun get-togethers that you and your family can attend together: group camp-outs, and other events like the widely acclaimed California Home=Education Conference, as well as support groups and activities in your area.
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