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
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.
Homeschooling Children With Love
This group was formed to post events and share information or ideas that may be useful to families that homeschool or are considering homeschooling in Placer and surrounding counties.
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.
Fresno and Madera Homeschoolers
Fresno and Madera (FAM) Homeschoolers is a group of homeschooling families from Fresno and Madera counties in Central California. Offers support to local homeschoolers, and provides group activities and discussion. The group is open to all homeschoolers, regardless of method or other affiliations.
CAVA K12 - LA County
All members of this group live in or near Los Angeles County, have children who are enrolled in CAVA (California Virtual Academy) or use K12 curriculum on their own, or are interested in the programs.
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.
San Francisco Bay Unschooling Network
This is an online support group for homeschooling with an unschooling approach in the San Francisco Bay area.
Solano Homeschools
Solano Homeschools is an all inclusive, secular homeschool group serving as support for homeschooling families in Fairfield, Suisun, Vacaville, and Dixon.
Hemet Christian Homeschool Group and Co-Op
This is a Christian homeschool support group and co-op offering monthly field trips, weekly park days, bible studies, family potlucks, moms night out & co-op classes at a local church. Each HCHG co-op term is 14 weeks long. Members decide their level of involvement. You may enjoy all the social aspect such as field trips, park days, group parties, moms nights, family BBQ's and/or participate in our co-op, by teaching or volunteering in a class once a week.
Del Rey Home Educators
Del Rey Home Educators is a group of home school families enrolled in the private ISP Del Rey, located in San Diego/El Cajon, California.
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.
Butte County Unschoolers and Eclectics
This email group is for unschoolers and eclectic homeschoolers in Butte County.
Kings County Home School Group
The Kings County Home School Group is an inclusive support group for homeschooling families in the Kings County area of California. Offers support, friendship, activity planning, 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.
Classical Homeschoolers of the Silicon Valley
Classical Homeschoolers of the Silicon Valley is an all-inclusive support group for those following the classical homeschooling education model of "The Well Trained Mind" (Jessie Wise and Susan Bauer) or similar methods (e.g. Hirsch, Bennett, Mason).
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