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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Butler PA Homeschool
This is an email group for homeschoolers/unschoolers of Butler County Pennsylvania.
PA-HomeEducators
Inclusive email list for homeschoolers in Pennsylvania, especially those who enjoy a relaxed style of homeschooling.
Rad-PA-Unschoolers
Are you radically unschooling in PA? Would you like to meet others who hold the unschooling philosophy and live it while still complying with Act 169? This list is open for all aspects of unschooling families in PA--anything is welcome for discussion as unschooling is living and learning.
Pennsylvania Homeschool Group Leaders - PA-HmSc-GroupLeaders
This is a group for homeschool group leaders in Pennsylvania, regardless of religion or philosophy. It is intended for sharing ideas and encouraging each other. To join this group, you should be a group leader of a homeschool group in Pennsylvania or be interested in becoming a leader/starting a group in PA.
Appalachian Regional Cooperative
Appalachian Regional Cooperative is an inclusive group of homeschoolers in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
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 ...
Social Home Educators of York (SHEY)
Social Home Educators of York (SHEY) is an alternative support group in York County, PA, for homeschooling families. They offer activities, field trips, support, friendship and fun. All homeschool styles and religious or non-religious members are welcome.
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.
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.
East Montgomery County PA Inclusive Homeschoolers
Eastern Montgomery County PA Inclusive Homeschoolers is an all-inclusive non-discriminating group of home educating families in and around Eastern Montgomery County Pennsylvania. Offers support and community for homeschooling families of all backgrounds.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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