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Arizona: Support Groups
Arizona Families for Home Education
Geographic Area Serving: Arizona
Description: Arizona Families for Home Education (AFHE) is the statewide organization, dedicated to inspiring, promoting, and preserving home education in Arizona. AFHE is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that has been serving the Arizona homeschool community since 1983.
Requirements: AFHE membership is open to Arizona homeschool families.
Benefits: We host an annual convention, junior high and senior high graduation ceremonies, publish a quarterly magazine, watch legislation that may affect the freedom to homeschool, publish a list of Arizona homeschool support groups, answer questions about homeschooling, and much more.
Cost: $35 yearly membership

Arizona Homeschool Current
Geographic Area Serving: Verde Valley (Cottonwood, Clarkdale, Camp Verde, Cornville, Rimrock, Sedona, Lake Montezuma, Jerome)
Description: Our goal is to build a dynamic network of homeschooling families in the Verde Valley. By welcoming the talents of local parents - and providing a platform for them to create the activities that reflect their family's interests and needs - we will create a community worthy of our children. Authentic, intellectually challenging, creative, and fun! Our group serves as a network for the homeschool community of the Verde Valley.
Requirements: You must commit to contribute once to the group during the school year.
Benefits: Network and activities
Cost: None

Buckeye Home School Connection
DeAnna Ahart
Geographic Area Serving: Buckeye, Tonopah, Palo Verde, and surrounding areas, Arizona
Description: We are a group that provides the Far West Valley an opportunity to be a part of a home education community that supports one another in your family's home education. We have weekly park days, where we share information, ideas, and the opportunity to "play". We offer pe (SportzKidsAZ), activities, classes, reading and other academic clubs, and field trips. We are a Christian group but we welcome all to try us out and join.
Requirements: You must be teaching your children/grandchildren at home and have a desire to share your ideas, information, and encouragement with others in the group. Membership is exclusive to those that have tried us out and plan to be active in Park Days and/or field trips. We use a Yahoo message board for communication. For privacy and security reasons, only members are allowed to join.
Benefits: Field trips, co-op classes, workshops, P.E., Box Tops 4 Education, and book programs are encouraged for anyone that wants to plan
Cost: None

Central Phoenix Home Educators
Tami Lopez
Geographic Area Serving: Central Phoenix, Arizona
Description: Central Phoenix area, Open to all, Christian, Park Days are every Friday. Limit to 50 families
Requirements: Each member volunteers for a one or two jobs. Attend at least one event a month.
Benefits: Small group so we can get to know everyone. Lots of time to fellowship, learn and share. Newsletters, Field trips. Park Days, Mom Night Out, Spelling Bees
Cost: $20 yearly

Geographic Area Serving: Cochise County, Arizona
Description: This is CHECCsupport a yahoo based support group exclusively for CHECC members. The purpose is to suppport one another in the daily victories and challenges of homeschooling. If you are interested in finding out more info about CHECC (Christian Home Educators of Cochise County) you can contact me at the listed email or go directly to our site: http://www.checc.info/.
Requirements: Member of CHECC
Benefits: CHECC member receive newsletters, field trips and many other resources. This yahoo group helps in the daily support and sends out reminders of scheduled CHECC events.
Cost: None

CHET-NW (Christian Home Educators of Tucson - NW)
CHET Chairman
Geographic Area Serving: Tucson, Marana, Oro Valley, Catalina, Arizona
Description: Christian Homeschool support group of 180 families. www.homeschool-life.com/az/chetnw
Requirements: Agree with the Statement of Faith and standards of behavior set forth in the Conditions For Membership. Both can be found on the website.
Benefits: Fellowship; Weekly PE program; Mom's In Touch Prayer; Mini Muster; Stanford Testing; Sister-to-Sister Group; Mom's Night Out; Website; 4-H; Yearbook; Newsletter; Graduations: K, 8th & Senior; Prom; Science Fair; Spelling Bee; Geography Bee; Talent Show; Drama Club; Little Womens Club; Boys Science/Math Club; Lending Library; Used Curriculum Sale; Field Trips; Directory; Monthly Bowling Parties; Teen Group; School Pictures; Mentor Program; Secret Sisters; Monthly Devotionals; Veteran's Day Parade; Member Care; Fine Arts; Ladies Tea; Co-op classes; Vendor's Day; and MORE!
Cost: $25 yearly

Christ's Family Homeschool Ministries
Samuel and Simona Ispas
Geographic Area Serving: We primarily minister to families who reside in the NW Valley of Maricopa County.
Description: We develop Christ-centered relationships by providing support, resources, activities, and fellowship opportunities for families who independently educate their children at home. For information about homeschooling in AZ, please see A.R.S. 15-802.
Requirements: Each family must complete a registration form along with their payment. Registrations are open from 8/1 through 4/30 of the following year. Membership covers 8/1 through 7/31 of the following year.
Benefits: Weekly Park Day Activities at Paseo Highlands; Mom's and Dad's Support Activities; Whole Family Activities; Student Activities; Service Projects; Mentoring Program for Moms; Missionary Projects; Prayer & Care Teams.
Cost: $25 yearly/family

East Valley Homeschooled Teens
Kim Williams
Geographic Area Serving: Greater Phoenix Area, Arizona
Description: A group for homeschooled teens and pre-teens and their families
Requirements: None
Benefits: Park days, field trips, social get togethers
Cost: None

East Valley Homeschoolers
Micki Oliphant
Mary Dewald
Geographic Area Serving: Mesa, Gilbert, Tempe, Arizona
Description: We are a small group of about 6 families. We meet twice a month on Wednesdays at 10:00 am. This year we are doing book discussions and member planned field trips. We have occasional park days and sports activities during the winter months. Children range in age from newborn to 12 or 13. We are LDS but welcome anyone who wants to join.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Friends and support!
Cost: None

Eastside Explorers
Kimberlee Herman
Geographic Area Serving: Scottsdale, North Phoenix
Description: Since 1989, Eastside Explorers has been supporting homeschooling families in the NE Valley. Most of our families live in Scottsdale and North Phoenix/Desert Ridge area. We are a co-op in that all our parents are asked to volunteer to assist during the year in helping with: park days, holiday parties, Mom's night out, special events, networking, and support. We are a Christian group and have around 100 families per year.
Requirements: Must sign up to volunteer to help out during the year (this is done when you sign up with Eastside).
Benefits: Networking, support, and fellowship.
Cost: $50 yearly

Estrella Mtn. Homeschoolers
Kirstin Conlon
Geographic Area Serving: West Valley - Goodyear, Buckeye, Litchfield Park, Avondale, Rainbow Valley
Description: A free, casual homeschool group sharing ideas, information, encouragement, and experiences. We have many activities including park days, holiday parties, talent shows, Christmas programs, grade promotion ceremonies, and field trips planned by anyone with an interest.
Requirements: Fill out a Registration Form
Benefits: Support and activities
Cost: None

Geographic Area Serving: East Valley, Arizona
Description: This is a P.E. co-op, and a support group for homeschoolers.
Requirements: You are required to teach P.E. to children at least one month per year.
Benefits: Your children are taught P.E. by other caring homeschool moms.
Cost: None

Gila Valley Home Educators
Jody Mezzell
Geographic Area Serving: Safford, Arizona
Description: Gila Valley Home Educators exists to support and encourage each other in homeschooling our children, to provide a safe environment for our children to participate in group activities and field trips, and to promote homeschooling as a legitimate means of education. We are a diverse group with different teaching styles and a wide range of children with ages from pre-school to college, all with different abilities and learning styles. We meet twice a month, 1st Wed. and 3rd Fri. We are, primarily, a Christian group but we welcome all home educating families and those who are interested in home educating their children.
Requirements: That you homeschool your children or are interested in homeschooling.
Benefits: Some of the activities we provide are field trips, annual spelling bee and science fair, park days, historical re-enactments and anything else we can come up with! We also encourage each other and attend the annual state (Az Families for Home Education-AFHE) organized convention together.
Cost: None

Geographic Area Serving: Northwest Valley, EL Mirage, Arizona
Description: Weekly park days, field trips, monthly Mom and Dad Fellowship Nights.
Requirements: Membership fee
Benefits: Monthly newsletters, monthly field trips sometimes 2 a month.
Cost: $15 yearly

Home Educators of Surprise
Rebecca Hutchison
Geographic Area Serving: NW Valley - Surprise, El Mirage, Waddell, Wittmann, Peoria, Glendale
Description: Our goal is to work together to offer support and fellowship for home schooling families in the Surprise area. HEofS is not affiliated with a particular denomination although our group is primarily made up of Christian families. We have been established since 1999 and provide interaction through different activities, field trips and P.E. We hold weekly park days Monday mornings from 9:00-11:00 AM at the Surprise park located on Bullard Avenue south of Bell Road. Join us on a park day, to experience the fun, excitement, and support needed in your home schooling journey. If you have any questions please email us at HEofS1999@cox.net.
Requirements: Please visit our site for details on how to become a member.
Benefits: Support and fellowship.
Cost: $20

Home Educators of Yuma - H.E.Y.
Amy Ball
928-651-YUMA (9862)
Geographic Area Serving: Yuma, Arizona
Description: H.E.Y. is the largest support group in Yuma County. We are a Christian support group. We get together regularly (Sept-May) for fellowship, fun and educational opportunities. We have Park Days twice a month which begin with a meeting at 10am. After the meeting we break for Physical Activity Classes ($30 per child, per year, ages 6-18) and then conclude our day with a bring your own lunch. There are many other opportunities throughout the year to participate in extracurricular and educational activities.
Requirements: Membership is FREE! You can register at http://www.homeschool-life.com/az/hey
Benefits: Annual Kick-Off, Park Days, fairs, field trips, small interest groups, invitation to our private fb group, Family BBQs, Field and Fun Day, discount to HSLDA, and a wealth of encouragement and love from our members.
Cost: No Membership Fee

Homeschool Family Theater
Chandra Wood
Geographic Area Serving: Scottsdale/Tempe/Chandler/Mesa, Arizona
Description: Homeschool Family Theater rehearses & performs one show per year. Location varies. Free to participate. All who audition will be cast. All ages welcome. Volunteers welcome for sets, props, costumes, etc... Free Performances. Open to touring ideas. We welcome creative input from local & long-distance homeschool families - original scripts, scenes, characters, jokes, poems, songs, & artwork.
Requirements: We require that each family supports their own family members who have chosen to volunteer or perform. Everyone who has chosen to volunteer or perform will be asked to focus and work to the best of their abilities.
Benefits: We provide a wonderfully fun and educational theater experience. We have a very supportive environment and an opportunity for all ages to participate. Our theater Director, Chandra Wood, is highly experienced and enthusiastic and is also a homeschool Mom. We provide an ongoing theater company with consistency and a family atmosphere.We also provide an opportunity for possible touring performances.
Cost: $30 per production, per family

Homeward Bound Homeschoolers
Geographic Area Serving: Mesa, Apache Junction, Chandler, Gilbert
Description: Homeward Bound Homeschoolers is a collection of many homeschool families, from all walks of life, uniting together to give each other support, and friendship. We provide socialization, curriculum swapping, parent support, helpful information, and of course lots of fun and new experiences. We welcome all home school families and respect, and value those with different views. Please join this group if you’re looking for fun, support, and lasting friendships for your family.
Requirements: Potential members must be a homeschooler/homeschooling family to join. Potential members must be respectful to everyone in the group.
Benefits: Socialization, curriculum swapping, parent support, and resources/information
Cost: None

Hualapai Hills Home Schoolers
Mary Brown
Geographic Area Serving: Kingman, Arizona and surrounding areas.
Description: Hualapai Hills Home Schoolers is a Christian-based, non-denominational (open to all faiths), support group of home education parents desiring to draw creative ideas from each other to stimulate greater learning in their children. Monthly meetings will help you gain new teaching tools and ideas to keep your child's education on the right track. We meet on the 2nd Monday of each month from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Members participate by holding an office or planning an activity (i.e. literary club, chess club, Lego league, service club, field trips, sports club, spelling bee, geography bee, science fair, playgroup, science workshops, etc.)
Requirements: Home schooling family in the Kingman Arizona area.
Benefits: Support and activities
Cost: $10 yearly

HUB (homeschool, unite, befriend)
Geographic Area Serving: Northwest Arkansas
Description: This is a great group for homeschool families seeking friendship for themselves and their children with other omeschool families. We organize field trips, educational ctivities, play days, and holiday events. e welcome all homeschoolers regardless of race, religion, or omeschool philosophy. And we can't wait to meet you and make new friends!!
Requirements: This is an active group.
Benefits: We plan field trips, regular play days, educational activities, and holiday events, but most importantly, you and your children will make new friends in a positive environment.
Cost: None

Learning Expedition
Scott Hermanson
Geographic Area Serving: Scottsdale, Tempe, Phoenix and East Valley
Description: We are a secular-based homeschool group featuring regular park days, field trips and coordination of classes and co-op opportunities.
Requirements: Our one requirement is that we meet you in person before allowing access to our online discussions.
Benefits: We provide the opportunity to meet and communicate with local homeschoolers absent the concerns of religion.
Cost: None

Learning is Fun
Geographic Area Serving: The area of Laveen and west valley.
Description: Year round home school group. Offering weekly meet ups, field trips, moms night out and more
Requirements: Homeschoolers
Benefits: Activities
Cost: None

Learning Together
Geographic Area Serving: Casa Grande, Arizona
Description: Casa Grande's first year round Homeschool group. We offer bi-weekly park days, field trips, moms night, family nights and more
Requirements: None
Benefits: Newsletter, field trip, Book it! and more
Cost: $25 yearly

Maricopa Christian Homeschool Support Group
Sandra Koleber
Geographic Area Serving: City of Maricopa (Pinal County) and surrounding areas
Description: Maricopa Christian Home Schoolers exists to serve Christian home schooling* families who live in the city of Maricopa and the local surrounding areas. MCHS desires to encourage and support parents in their decision to home school their children, including preschool age children, while also raising them in the Christian faith. We further desire to enable new and veteran home schooling families opportunities to pray together, share ideas and collaborate resources, and to fellowship in educational and social settings that glorify the Lord and provides a witness to the world of His saving grace.
Requirements: Fill out membership application and be home schooling in accordance with AZ Law (A.R.S 15-802)
Benefits: Please visit our website for more info and application information.
Cost: $10 yearly/family

Mi C.A.S.A. Homeschoolers
Robin Foote
Geographic Area Serving: Casa Grande and surrounding areas, Arizona
Description: Our group's focus is to provide support to homeschoolers in Casa Grande and surrounding areas. We are a Christian-based homeschool support group but open to all homeschoolers. Our regular format includes: P.E., Art class, Child's Play Theatre outings, Park Days, Field Trips, Mom's Night Out.
Requirements: Our evening "Open House" Meetings are scheduled three times a year, which is a time we discuss in detail various topics and events for our group. We also have monthly Park Day meetings the 3rd Fridays of each month from Sept. - May. (10am-Noon)
Benefits: newsletters, members-only field trips, workshops & activities, online community forum, member directory, and access to Mi CASA's lending library
Cost: $20.00/family + insurance fees per child (yearly)

Precious Heart Homeschool Group
Geographic Area Serving: Yuma, Arizona
Description: Currently our group consists of families homeschooling children in grades K-8. We meet weekly for fun, educational activities. We are fond of unit studies, especially in the area of history and science
Requirements: Parent participation is required at all meetings.
Benefits: We provide an opportunity for children (and parents) to explore topics with a variety of age groups, abilities and viewpoints. We have a lot of fun!
Cost: None

Resources for Health Roots & Shoots
Anne Goldfeld
Geographic Area Serving: Valley Wide, Arizona
Description: Roots & Shoots is Jane Goodall's global program inspiring youth of all ages to make a difference by becoming involved in their communities. The program's mission is to foster respect and compassion for all living things, to promote understanding of all cultures and beliefs and to inspire each individual to take action to make the world a better place for animals, the environment, and the human community. See our website for more details, and contact us for info about meeting times and locations.
Requirements: There are no requirements for membership. In order to receive an invite to the yahoogroup, you need only to show up to one meeting first, so we are able to meet you in person.
Benefits: Service learning projects, field trips, community outreach events, yahoogroup, global networking with other R&S groups, and more
Cost: None

S.I.G.H.T. Soaring Into Growth at Home Together
Jenny Radigan
Geographic Area Serving: Maricopa, Arizona
Description: This list is meant to provide a forum where homeschooling families can connect with other homeschoolers located (but not limited to) south of Phoenix. This list is open to homeschoolers from all backgrounds, religious beliefs, orientation and homeschooling methodologies.
Requirements: We do meet with potential members before we sign them onto our yahoo group site. This is to keep our information protected on the site.
Benefits: We meet once a week at a park. We do this all year, without a summer break. We have field trips and Mom's Night Out as well.
Cost: None

TGIF Homeschoolers
LaDonna Harvey
Cari Morris
Geographic Area Serving: North Phoenix, Arizona
Description: We meet at the Telephone Pioneer Park (19th Ave & Morningside) for Park Day on every other Friday, which allows all ages to play together, moms to visit with each other and once a month a special Kids Time for birthdays led by the teen group (LOL) and sometimes something special (art show, show & tell, talent show). There are approximately 20 families, kids' ages range from tots to 17 years old. We have groups setup for Tweens and another for Teens (LOL: Live Out Loud) to learn planning, community service importance and student council skills.
Requirements: We love to have active participation, but it's not required. Our Christian faith is of utmost importance and we do want each family to be like-minded. We help our children in working our their problems with others during play.
Benefits: We plan field trips monthly for those who choose to use this method in their teaching. There are other events planned to celebrate specific holidays. We are open to others helping by planning extra events that others might be interested in doing.
Cost: $10 yearly

West Valley home education P.E. group
Geographic Area Serving: West Valley
Description: A weekly meeting for home educated children to experience physical education class.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Physical education
Cost: None