Arkansas: Support Groups
BELIEVERS
BELIEVERS Leader
homeschoolbelievers@hotmail.com
Geographic Area Serving: Western Central Arkansas & Eastern Oklahoma
Description: BELIEVERS (Building Each Life In Everlasting Values Eternally Relying (upon our)Savior) is a support group for western central Arkansas as well as eastern Oklahoma. Membership consists of approx. 80 families with children of all ages (from newborn to seniors in high school) We are governed by an Executive Council composed of 7 couples. The Council has quarterly business meetings in which all activities are planned or discussed. The success of these activities hinges on member participation.
Requirements: Must attend a one time orientation meeting. To join must sign a Christian statement of faith.
Benefits: Monthly newsletter, Planned field trips, Coop classes, Fall dads' and lads' campout, Dads' winter retreat, RENEW (a monthly support group meeting for moms), Nationally known outside speaker brought in once a year, Special days such as science fair, history fair, spelling bee etc.
Cost: $30 yearly
Top

Central AR Homeschoolers
Christa Darr
carhboard@yahoo.com
Geographic Area Serving: Central AR and surrounding areas
Description: The Central Arkansas Homeschoolers group (CARH) was established to provide activities and a close-knit community for homeschooling families in the central Arkansas area. The group, which started with five moms, has quickly expanded to a couple hundred families. Most of our membership resides in the towns along Hwy 67/167, but we are not limited to that area.
Requirements: Fill out application and join yahoo group (both linked from the website).
Benefits: Activities and support
Cost: None
Top

CHEF (Christian Home Educators Fellowship)
Rachele Shea
rrshea@ipa.net
870-339-4072
Geographic Area Serving: West Memphis/Crittenden County, Arkansas
Description: We have about 30 families in our group that come from all over Crittenden County. We meet every Tuesday for P.E., game, and craft time. We schedule field trips, outings, (like nursing home visits), and parties for our group. We participate in the St. Jude math-a-thon and the Pizza Hut reading program (Book-it). We also have a commencement for Seniors and every child participates. This is a nice time for our families to share , display talents, and give thanks to God for the freedom to homeschool.
Requirements: We ask for a $10 membership fee which covers the expense of our parties and commencement. Also, to work on a rotating basis in the equipment room in the church where we have P.E.
Benefits: think our greatest resource is the loving, Christian, support from the parents in our group. They are a valuable resource when you have questions about curriculum, daily planning, etc.
Cost: $10 Membership Fee
Top

CHEW - Christian Home Educators of White County
Kathryn Iandoli
kathyiandoli7@gmail.com
Geographic Area Serving: White County, Arkansas
Description: CHEW is for Christian home educators in White County, Arkansas. This is the place for posting upcoming meetings, field trips, classes offered, books for sale or wanted, prayer requests and anything related to home education in White County.
Requirements: This is not the place to send forwards, spam, or money making opportunities. Please be kind to one another; e.i., no name calling or unkind remarks.
Benefits: Monthly newspaper is available at a cost of $18 but is not a requirement. A member directory is available for $3. Homeschool packets are available at the Searcy Public Library for any homeschooler.
Cost: None
Top

Christian Home Educators of Northeast Arkansas (CHE)
Gerald James
gcjames@grnco.net
870-215-5393
Geographic Area Serving: Jonesboro, Arkansas
Description: The Christian Home Educators of Northeast Arkansas (CHE) exists to support and encourage families who have chosen to educate their children at home from a distinctly Christian perspective. We do so in part by providing student activities, corporate educational opportunities and forums designed to encourage those facing the practical challenges of home education. Additionally, we seek to raise awareness of legal and political issues affecting home educators. Our hope is that as iron sharpens iron, we will sharpen one another for the task of raising and educating our children to live for the glory of God.
Requirements: The membership of CHE is comprised of home schooling parents who are committed followers of Jesus Christ and active participants in a local church. Applicants for membership must provide the Board of Directors a completed CHE application (available by request) and a letter of recommendation from their Pastor or other person approved by the Board.
Benefits: All members receive a monthly newsletter detailing sponsored activities such as Teen-Night, Co-op registration, monthly Mom's Meeting date and location, field trips, etc. Members may also join, free of charge, the CHE email loop where they can interact with other group members on homeschooling issues.
Cost: $50 yearly
Top

Crossgate Homeschool Ministry
DeAnn Utley
deannutley@yahoo.com
501-624-1628
501-767-2011
Geographic Area Serving: Hot Springs, Arkansas
Description: We provide support for homeschool families through field trips, holiday parties, moms night out, and graduations.
Requirements: Must sign statement of faith
Benefits: We have field trips for younger and older students. We also have a church library which is open to our homeschool families. We strive to support and encourage the moms as they homeschool their families.
Cost: $15 yearly
Top

FAITH Homeschool Group
Kara Smith
Mrs_Kara@msn.com
479-648-3863
Kim Pierson
PiersonK1@aol.com
479-471-1118
Geographic Area Serving: Greater Fort Smith, Arkansas area, including parts of eastern Oklahoma
Description: FAITH (Family Association for Instruction and Teaching at Home) is an association of Christian families dedicated to the belief that the ultimate responsibility for the education of children belongs to the father and mother. We are a support group for homeschooling families in the greater Fort Smith, Arkansas area, including parts of eastern Oklahoma.
Requirements: Membership is open to all families interested in homeschooling and who desire to raise their children in a Christian atmosphere.
Benefits: Membership benefits include a subscription to our monthly newsletter, Keeping the FAITH, and permission to participate in all FAITH activities. In addition, members are granted discounts to many local stores and the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA). Also, FAITH offers annual standardized testing to its members. There is no cost involved when the test is required by law, and only a minimal fee for optional testing. Support groups sponsor opportunities for parents to learn better teaching methods, ask questions about curriculum, and get advice from veteran homeschoolers. Homeschool organizations help keep families informed about changes in legal requirements and upcoming events. Being active in a support group helps build relationships with other homeschoolers, and keeps us from feeling isolated. We can all use a new friend.
Cost: $30 yearly (annual) / $15 semi-annual
Top

Forrest City Christian Homeschool Assoc
Jane Hartley
dorcas@ipa.net
870-768-3337
Geographic Area Serving: Forrest City, East Central Arkansas
Description: We meet on the second Thursday of the month at 1:00 at various locations in Forrest City. Main focus is support, fellowship and Field trips. Attendees are mainly 10th grade and below.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Meeting Notices, field trips
Cost: $10 yearly
Top

Garland County Home Education
Laura Larimore
Laura@SpaHomeSchool.Org
501-262-9956
Geographic Area Serving: Greater Hot Springs, Arkansas
Description: Garland County Home Education (GCHE) is a network of home school families in the greater Hot Springs, Arkansas area. At GCHE, we are dedicated to serving the growing local home school community regardless of race, religious affiliation, or political leanings. As we continue to build and expand, we request your input as to how you, as a part of our community, would like to see the site grow, what you would like us to include, and how we might best serve you.
Requirements: Membership is open to all families interested in homeschooling.
Benefits: At this time we offer classes, field trips, parties, and play dates. We also keep our members informed of other local classes and activities that are of interest or targeted to homeschool families.
Cost: Free at this time. Each family pays fees for activities they wish to participate in.
Top

Garland County Homeschool Athletic Team
Tammy Scheer
brittandtammy@yahoo.com
501-321-1857
Geographic Area Serving: Garland County, Hot Springs, Arkansas
Description: Garland County Cougars are committed to providing competitive sports for athletes educated at home. At this time our focus is on girls age 16 and under to compete in basketball and track.
Requirements: To participate in the current team players must reside in Garland County and: *be 16 or under as of September 1st, 2010 (Parent to provide copy of birth certificate.) *maintain a 2.0 GPA during season (Parent responsible to notify coach of violation.) *home school at least 51% of their education with Letter of Intent to Home school on file at the local school district by parent (Parent to provide copy of submitted Letter of Intent.)
Benefits: This team's goal is to provide the opportunity for homeschooled children to be involved in competitive athletics at local, state and national levels. This team not only desires to develop the fundamentals of each sport, but also foster lifetime Christian character goals,
Cost: Costs split among members
Top

Homestyle Christian Educators
hcegroup77@gmail.com
Geographic Area Serving: North Central Arkansas serving Baxter, Marion, and surrounding counties.
Description: HCE is a Biblically-based co-op whose purpose is to generally support and promote the cause of homeschooling in the Twin Lakes area; to provide a forum for parents to exchange ideas on various aspects of homeschooling; to provide homeschoolers and their parents with supplemental opportunities for group physical recreation, fellowship, skills, education, and field trips.
Requirements: HCE members are required to fill out a membership application each year and pay yearly dues. HCE co-op classes cost extra. HCE members must agree to abide by the HCE Guidelines and policies and agree to abide by the State of Arkansas homeschool laws.
Benefits: HCE offers various activities including field trips and extra-curricular classes.
Cost: $10 yearly
Top

Hot Springs Homeschoolers
Bridget Cabibi-Wilkin
hotspringshomeschoolers-owner@yahoogroups.com
Geographic Area Serving: Hot Springs, Arkansas
Description: This is an inclusive group for homeschooling families in the Hot Springs, AR area.Everyone who learns outside of "schools with walls" is welcome, regardless of religion, race, sexual orientation, homeschool method, or parenting style. All matters relating to homeschool life are up for discussion, but no proselytizing, flaming, or other hurtful communications are allowed. Please join us and use this list to make area homeschooling connections, share stories, ideas and information, plan field trips & get togethers, learn from & support each other.
Requirements: All homeschoolers are welcome!
Benefits: Please join us and use this list to make area homeschooling connections, share stories, ideas and information, plan field trips & get togethers, learn from & support each other.
Cost: None
Top

Jonesboro AR Homeschoolers
Kristy Dietsche
kristydietsche@yahoo.com
870-316-0989
Geographic Area Serving: Jonesboro and surrounding towns, Arkansas
Description: Hi!! I'm Miss Kristy. I created this group for parents like me, who want a safe place to meet and get to know other homeschoolers in our area. I would LOVE to form a play group for my children and share ideas on curriculum, field trips, and all other aspects of homeschool life. I teach from a secular point of view, but I welcome anyone who homeschools to join us. After all - variety is the spice of life! If you are a homeschool family in the Jonesboro Arkansas area I would love to hear from you. This includes all the small towns around Jonesboro!
Requirements: The only requirement for this group is that everyone involved be respectful of others. My children are ages 2, 7 and 9. Boy, girl, boy. But all ages are welcome!
Benefits: Since this is a new group and has no members yet, I haven't been able to plan any events. If you are interested in joining or leading please email me.
Cost: None
Top

Jonesboro Area Home Educators
Kimberly McKay
vernon5mckay@yahoo.com
870-935-7809
Kimberly Davis
jahe08@ymail.com
Geographic Area Serving: The Jonesboro Area in Northeast Arkansas is so accessible and we have members as far as Smithville, Mountain Home, Blythville, Piggot, Corning, Paragould, Leachville, Monette, Manila, etc.
Description: We evolved from a webpage group to a local group with mini classes, a running club, parent's support group/meetings, annual Winter Family Formal, 4H opportunities, Shooting sports, webchats, technology challenges for kids/kids at heart, a resource for home educators and those interested in home education, etc. Please check out our website!
Requirements: We need names and addresses of parents, 2 references, contact phone number, and please note that we do check the sexual predators lists nationwide, state wide and locally for the protection of your children. References must be verifiable and reputable.
Benefits: Multiple opportunities to enhance your home education program with low commitment. Use us to enhance your program. Anytime you can volunteer to help is great but we recognize that there are different seasons in your life and you can't always volunteer. We are not a drop off service but we will help you and your kids have lots of opportunities for enrichment. Pick and choose activities as they fit into your lifestyle.
Cost: Per activity fee, generally under $5
Top

Live and Learn
Jackie Holloway
larry3@cswnet.com
Geographic Area Serving: Central Arkansas
Description: Live and Learn is an inclusive support group for Central Arkansas homeschoolers. We welcome all homeschoolers, regardless of race, religion, gender or educational philosophy. We are a homeschooling community subgroup of the Little Rock Live and Learn homeschool group. There are no committee positions to fill, programs to administer, or weekly dues to pay. Our group is not a political one. We celebrate, embrace and advocate free thinking for all. Therefore, we will provide a conduit for information about homeschooling issues and information important to all Arkansas homeschoolers, but we won't tell you how to think about it. No one can claim to represent our group in any form of political process. If you are interested in a place where you and your family will be nurtured, accepted, and inspired in your vision, you have found the right place. We strive to plan lots of activities, socialization opportunities, and field trips for our children. We would love it if you would join us!
Requirements: None
Benefits: We have at least 1 "big" field trip planned each month, bowling every other week, skating once a month. Some other activities include a Mom's Getaway once a month, a group meeting, and much more!
Cost: None
Top

Montgomery County Homeschool Group
Bobbi Lenard
blenard@ipa.net
870-867-4462
Geographic Area Serving: Montgomery County, Arkansas
Description: We try to meet once a month for outings for the kids. Our group is small right now, but is continually growing as more home educators become aware of the group that is forming. We mostly have elementary kids, although, there are a few high school age children.
Requirements: The main requirement is that children are not dropped off at the meetings while the parents go do something else. All children must be supervised by their parents.
Benefits: We provide whatever information is available through resources such as the Education Alliance, HSLDA, various curriculums that each are using or plan to use, planned field trips are usually our agenda and we take turns doing newsletters.
Cost: None
Top

Northwest Arkansas Christian Home Educators
Fink Holloway
finkholloway@hotmail.com
Geographic Area Serving: Fayetteville/Springdale & Rogers & Bentonville/Bella, Arkansas
Description: NWACHEA exists to provide information, encouragement, and support for parents who choose to educate their children at home. NWACHEA has three branch locations:Fayetteville/Springdale & Rogers & Bentonville/Bella Vista. Generally, each NWACHEA branch meets 3-4 times a month during the school year and at least once a month in the summer. NWACHEA has classroom activities that supplement studies done at home, but NWACHEA is not a co-op or private school; we do not keep records or monitor our members schoolwork.
Requirements: We are a Christian group of people from all denominations, who desire a Christian way of teaching for our children. NWACHEA's members who serve as volunteer leaders are required to indicate with a signature that they do believe the statements listed in our Articles of Faith. However, NWACHEA does not require adherence to any religion or creed for all who attend NWACHEA events.
Benefits: NWACHEA has a website with very helpful links, and an e-mail digest that keep our members informed. We also have directory, classes, and field trips. NWACHEA members get reduced rates to attend the Walton Arts Programs for students and Arts Center of the Ozarks programs. Moms get encouragement and ideas at our Mom's Nights. We usually have competitions such as the Geography Bee, Word Power Bee, Spelling Bee, a Science/Education Fair, and a track and field meet. We encourage fellowship at our Picnics, Roller Skating, Parties, Hayrides. We honor our graduates in a formal ceremony at the end of the year, and plan used book sales, a homeschool conference and curriculum fair.
Cost: $20 yearly
Top

Northwest Arkansas Secular Homeschooling
Beth
nwa-secular-homeschooling-owner@yahoogroups.com
Geographic Area Serving: Northwest Arkansas - Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville, and surrounding towns
Description: Northwest Arkansas Secular Homeschooling serves as a supportive network and point of contact for finding others homeschooling for nonreligious reasons in the NWA area. We plan field trips and social gatherings and share information about secular resources for curriculum, events, groups, etc.
Requirements: To join the egroup, newcomers must meet us in person. Please contact the egroup owner address to find out more about upcoming public events. Any home educator is welcome to participate, regardless of if s/he is or is not religious in any way or attends or doesn't attend a church, so long as his/her home school emphasis or intention is not about religious purposes or about moderating family exposure to environments, learning, or peers not adhering to a particular religious perspective.
Benefits: In addition to field trips and social gatherings organized by our members, we also order with a Walton Arts Center Arts Partner for discounted ticket rates to their Colgate Classroom Series.
Cost: None
Top

Novus Homeschool Group
Angela Sticht
angelasticht@gmail.com
Geographic Area Serving: Northwest Arkansas
Description: Novus is a great group for families who choose to homeschool their children in Northwest Arkansas. Our goal is to provide encouragement and support for one another, as well as creating an environment that fosters long term friendships for our children. We typically meet in the Fayetteville/Springdale area for Friday park days or pool days in the summertime. We also offer field trips, holiday parties, teen opportunities, and mom's night out. Consistent, unstructured time together has allowed friendships to grow amongst our kids, not to mention the moms! All families who homeschool in our area are welcome, regardless of religious beliefs or educational philosophy.
Requirements: Active Participation
Benefits: Support and Activities
Cost: None
Top

REACH
Debbie Freer
mikedeb@cox-internet.com
Geographic Area Serving: Russellville, Arkansas
Description: The mission of REACH (Russellville Education Association for Christian Homeschoolers) is to support families who have chosen to educate their children at home by providing information, encouragement and activities to enrich the homeschool experience; to encourage and assist families in achieving academic excellence; and to be a resource for any family considering homeschooling. REACH holds monthly meetings and provides many extra-curricular activities for our members. Activities include: PE, Co-Op Classes, field trips, skating parties, school pictures, Kindergarten graduation, Literary Club, Spelling Bee, teen activities, and more. Services include a monthly newsletter, Member Directory, state norm-referenced testing facility, a used book sale, and a permanent lending library.
Requirements: To participate in at least two meetings and/or activities per year. Each member must also serve on at least one (but no more than two) committees per school year and head a committee at least every third year. Members also agree to and sign a Code of Conduct for REACH activities.
Benefits: To receive the monthly newsletter, the directory, and to participate in all REACH-sponsored activities.
Cost: $25 yearly - scholarships are available
Top

Saline County Christian Home Educators Association
Beth Windom
bethwindom@comcast.net
501-847-6972
501-847-6224
Geographic Area Serving: Saline County, Arkansas
Description: We are a group of Christian families whose children are educated @ home excluding State Virtual School education. We have August & March group meetings. There are various educational & social activities within the group. We have a monthly newsletter. Basketball, baseball & softball are our sports. We currently have approximately a 60 family membership.
Requirements: Children are educated @ home by an adult relative, or their education is supervised @ home by said adult. We exclude students educated by AR State Virtual School and anyone who has been previously expelled from a public or private school. They must submit a current Letter of Intent to Homeschool to their local Public School Superintendent & be committed to a Christian education. Members must accept the SCCHEA Statement of Faith & abide by current SCCHEA by-laws, plus pay 15.00 annual dues.
Benefits: We provide a monthly newsletter. There are various planned social & educational activities through out the school year, such as: play group, Mom's night out, skate day, bowling day, Jr. Master Gardner, 4-H, field trips, etc. Basketball, softball & baseball for sports.
Cost: $15 yearly
Top

Solid Rock Home School Academy
Heather Worrell
hawhirl@yahoo.com
501-760-1403
Geographic Area Serving: Hot Springs, Arkansas
Description: We offer various classes each semester. We also offer field trips, parties, Moms' Night Outs, Graduations, and other special events.
Requirements: We are unashamedly a Christian group, but are open to all area homeschoolers.
Benefits: We provide classes, newsletters, field trips, fellowship, etc.
Cost: $25 yearly
Top

St. Michael's Home Schoolers
Anne Kootz
kootz@centurytel.net
870-856-4543
Lorri Sonnier
llsonnier@hotmail.com
870-793-2488
Geographic Area Serving: Cherokee Village, Northeast Arkansas, Southeast Missouri
Description: We are joyfully Catholic home educators, with members from North-east Arkansas and South-east Missouri. We usually meet at Ave Maria Hall, located at Star of the Sea Village, about 5 miles from St. Michael's Catholic Church.Contact Anne or Lorri for directions to Church and to our meeting location.
Requirements: All home educators, young and old, are welcome to benefit from our activities and experience. Be aware, worship of Our Lord Jesus Christ, adherence to authentic Catholic teachings, and loyalty to the Magisterium and our pope, Benedict XVI, is assumed at all times.
Benefits: Family/group meetings with opportunities for children to participate in public speaking; once a month 'Mom's Meeting' for planning group activities, and interesting field trips at odd intervals.
Cost: None
Top

The Education Alliance
Melissa Savary
info@arkansashomeschool.org
501-978-5503
Geographic Area Serving: State of Arkansas
Description: We network about 75 local support groups together, organized Home School Day at the Capitol, monitor legislative meetings at the state capitol and keep all of our members informed about what laws/bills may effect home schooling.
Requirements: Just a name and address. We also have an e-mail network and a Facebook page if you are interested.
Benefits: We issue a monthly newsletter keeping our members up to date with what is going on in the world of home schooling in Arkansas, issue a regular email update, provide educator cards/student ID cards, provide two graduations, issue diplomas, construct transcripts for students who need it and provide information packets to new or potential homeschoolers.
Cost: None
Top

Uniting Homeschoolers in Arkansas
Susan Marling
arhsmom@yahoo.com
Theresa Richardson
sockmonkey@cablelynx.com
Geographic Area Serving: State of Arkansas
Description: This is an EZBoard forum to unite homeschoolers and homeschool groups in and around Arkansas. The forum has homeschool discussion, general chit chat, school subject links, homemaking ideas, for sale and wanted posts and a special place for kids to chat. There is even a place for Arkansas homeschool groups to list information about their individual groups. It is a great forum for any homeschool family to get general homeschool information.
Requirements: The only requirement for membership is you must be a homeschooling family. To join the forum, You will be asked to fill out a registration with a user name and secret word (it's free). You can pick any user name that is currently not being used. So, be creative. ;) After registering, you will receive an email with your user name and secret word. Go back to the link and fill in your user name and secret word. Then hit the join button. You will be approved as soon as we can get to it.
Benefits: We hold a monthly contest. You need only make one post a month to be entered. There are planned activities listed as we are slowly listing all homeschool groups in Arkansas. This is a wonderful place to make friends.
Cost: None
Top