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 Pennsylvania.
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 Pennsylvania.
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.
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Pennsylvania Homeschool Resources
This group is intended to share resources for homeschoolers in Pennsylvania. Everyone is welcome to share favorite field trip ideas, bookstores, group class information, and other valuable resources for homeschoolers.
Tri-State Homeschool Network
Tri-State Homeschool Network is a support group that serves the northern Delaware, northeastern Maryland, southwestern New Jersey and southeastern Pennsylvania region. Their purpose is to further the cause of homeschooling, with emphasis from the viewpoint of Christian families.
Bucks County Educational Resource Center
The Bucks County Educational Resource Center was founded in the winter of 2001 in order to serve the local homeschooling community. They provide academic and social opportunities to area families through classes and other activities, including support group meetings, informational seminars, and curriculum sales. They operate out of Faith Reformed Church in Levittown, PA.
Christian Homeschool Association of Pennsylvania (CHAP)
CHAP is an acronym for Christian Homeschool Association of Pennsylvania, a nonprofit corporation founded to encourage and support families interested in home education. CHAP assists parents in understanding and fulfilling the law's requirements and is affiliated with two national organizations: Home School Legal Defense Association and The National Center for Home Education. CHAP provides leadership and direction on issues facing Christian homeschoolers on a national and state wide basis.
York Home School Association (YHSA)
YHSA is a Christian support group located in York, Pennsylvania. YHSA provides encouragement and resources for families, assists new home schoolers, and provides academic and social interaction with other parents and children with similar concerns and educational goals.
Teens, Tweens, & Company of Northern NJ
Teens, Tweens, & Company of Northern NJ is a group that facilitates older activities aimed at middle/high schoolers. This is a network aimed at teens and their siblings. They aim to engage all of the children, but are particularly focused on the older ones, who, many times, get lost in the shuffle. Everyone is encouraged to meet up whenever, not just on meeting days. Teenagers are a social breed & they are hoping to fill this need, as well as get them involved in more formal activities. Members ...
Blair County Home Schoolers
This is a discussion, support and announcement list for Blair County Area (Pa) home learning families. The purpose of the list is to provide support for such families, a vehicle to organize and announce activities and share information. It is also open to anyone who is thinking about home teaching and/or researching home schooling. Anyone with an interest in home learning is welcome.
Pennsylvania Home Educators Association (PHEA)
Pennsylvania Home Educators Association (PHEA) is an inclusive statewide coalition of home educators whose primary purpose is to provide accurate information and advocate for Pennsylvania home educators.
Pennsylvania Home Education Network (PHEN)
The Pennsylvania Home Education Network is an incorporated, nonprofit, tax exempt, statewide organization of home educating families. PHEN exists to promote freedom and simplicity in home education, to serve all families who educate their children at home regardless of race, religion, creed, sex, national origin, handicap, or educational philosophy, and to inform the general public about home education. Membership is open to all Pennsylvania residents who agree with the organization's inclusive ...
PA-HomeEducators
Inclusive email list for homeschoolers in Pennsylvania, especially those who enjoy a relaxed style of homeschooling.
PA Unschoolers
Are you unschooling in Pennsylvania? Are you a relaxed or eclectic homeschooler that would like to unschool? PA-Unschoolers is an inclusive community with unschooling as the focus.
Lighthouse Learning Christian Homeschool Co-Op
Lighthouse Learning Co-Op meets at Hillside Christian Church in Reinholds, PA. It is a parent cooperative, providing classes and other activities to member children.
Delaware Classical Home Educators Network Discussion Group
This is discussion loop is intended as an on-line extension of the classical network group forming in the DE-MD-NJ-PA area. This group is for those following the classical homeschooling education model, such as described in "The Well Trained Mind" (Jessie Wise and Susan Bauer) or similar method.
Catholic Homeschoolers of Pennsylvania
Catholic Homeschoolers of Pennsylvania serves hundreds of Catholic families in Pennsylvania who are faithful to the Magisterium of the Church & Pope John Paul II and who find home education to be their response to the Church's teaching to be the primary educators of their children. Offers a newsletter, annual conference, Catholic homeschool graduation, and more.
Butler PA Homeschool
This is an email group for homeschoolers/unschoolers of Butler County Pennsylvania.
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