How To Find a Homeschool Support Group

Sometimes finding a homeschool support group  is like hunting for treasure. You’re not sure a group may be out there; sometimes a rumor will reach you that there is a group in town, but no-one is quite sure who leads it or how to contact the members. Sometimes you get really close to finding a group, but once you reach the contact person, you find the group has ended.

Don’t give up the quest! Here are some tips on finding a homeschool support group near you.

Ask your umbrella, cover or charter school. The administrators should have information on any local support groups.

Contact local churches, libraries, and YMCAs. Many support groups meet in these locations, or the employees may know of a local group.

Go online. Web sites such as www.HSLDA.org and www.NHEN.org maintain directories of support groups. Also, you can use a search engine by using your city, state, and “homeschool support group” as keywords.

Check the community calendar of the newspaper. Many groups advertise their meetings.

Glance over community bulletin boards. Groups often post fliers in libraries, bookstores, parks, playgrounds, churches, and businesses where homeschoolers shop.

Go to the local park or library on Fridays. Homeschoolers usually meet at parks and libraries regularly on Fridays. You may bump into a group while you are there!

Ask around among your friends. If you already know a few homeschoolers, they may be able to direct you to an organization. If not, ask parents with school-aged children that you see during the day if they homeschool. Since their children are not in school, they may homeschool and may know about a local group.

Like any good treasure-hunter, keep searching and don’t give up. Eventually your quest will pay off, and you will discover a treasure more valuable than gold bullion: Friends.


Carren W. Joye is the author of Homeschooling More Than One Child: A Practical Guide for Families (ISBN 0-595-34259-0), Alabama State History Curriculum for grades K-9, and A Stay-at-Home Mom's Complete Guide to Playgroups (ISBN 0-595-14684-8). A homeschooling mom of four children, she has founded four successful playgroups, a homeschool support group, homeschool co-op and homeschool covering. For more information on her books and state history curriculum, visit her web site at www.carrenjoye.com.

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One Response to “How To Find a Homeschool Support Group”

  1. Sheryl says:

    I found a great state specific homeschool support group site at http://www.time4learning.net/forum/state-by-state-homeschooling-parent-support-groups-online-f24.html.

    Homeschool.com is another resource worth mentioning.

    Sheryl Cattell
    Time4Learning.com