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California: Support Groups
Adventures In Learning Homeschool Group
Susan Hammond
Geographic Area Serving: Sacramento, California
Description: We meet every Wed., our first class starts @ 11:00am., lunch @ 12:00pm, then a 2nd class @ 1:00pm. We have different classes depending on the week and what family is in charge that week. Currently we have art and ancient history the first week of the month, science and sign language the 2nd week, health and ... that depends on who wants to take that week, any volunteers? The last week is usually reserved for a field trip. We always have some sort of craft to go along with what we are doing each week so the kids can not only learn but have something to take home! We start and end each Wed. group with a prayer. After our last class we also have a very short "Story Time", 15 minutes tops. The kids are told a story, usually from the Book of Virtues, but not always, and then asked to write a sentence up to a paragraph about the story, depending on age and maturity, and to draw a picture depicting their favorite part of the story. The next week the kids show off their picture and get a sticker. If they earn 10 stickers then they get a small prize. We love to get together, not only for the children but for the support and friendship we give each other. It's always a lot of fun as we go on our "Adventures in Learning" together. We have a wonderful multi-racial group of kids from newborn to 13 years, though all ages are welcome. We currently meet in my home with about 15 kids and 5 families participating.
Requirements: Each family must prepare a lesson to be taught to our group for one class each month. Each family may choose whatever topic they feel comfortable in teaching, from crafts to the sciences, and so on. This is very low key, don't be nervous, have fun with it!
Benefits: Weekly classes and monthly fieldtrips
Cost: None

Apples of Gold
Mrs. Linda Paddock
Geographic Area Serving: Nevada County-Grass Valley, Nevada City, Penn Valley, Colfaxs,California
Description: Our group exists to provide Christian, loving home education encouragement to families, assist home educating parents with information, counseling and networking contacts. We serve families who have children from newborns through college age young adults obtaining their upper-education online.
Requirements: Our only requirement is that our families be Christian, private home educators committed to Biblical instruction. Members cannot be under the jurisdiction of a public school in the education of their children at home.
Benefits: We provide a bi-monthly newsletter, Mom's Night Out, Co-op classes, field trips, community outreach opportunity to a local rest home and various activities such as choir & Keepers at Home.
Cost: $10 yearly

Bay Area Homeschool Field Trips (BAHFT)
Katherine Ingram
Geographic Area Serving: San Francisco Bay Area, California
Description: BAHFT is a field trip group for homeschooling families in the SF Bay Area. Members organize and post field trips, classes and outings. We are an inclusive group, representing a diversity of homeschooling philosophies, practices, and demographics. Everyone who identifies themselves as a local SF Bay area homeschooler is welcome.
Requirements: Access to internet, as all communication is done via the yahoo group.
Benefits: This is a large and busy group with many activities per month to choose from, including classes, factory tours, concerts, plays, museum trips, sports outings, and other learning experiences out in the larger community.
Cost: None

Bayside Homeschool Network
Marisa Chaffey
Geographic Area Serving: Placer County
Description: BHN is a Christ centered ministry sponsored by the women’s ministry at Bayside Church in Granite Bay. Our purpose is to support, encourage, and enable women to joyfully fulfill their calling to educate their children at home. We endeavor to provide a place for women to grow in Christ and be replenished. The needs are unique to women who educate their own children and we nurture relationships among homeschooling mothers, alongside their children, while being a witness for Christ.
Requirements: Since this is a women's ministry, the monthly meeting is for the mother's. All other events, (except mom's night out), is open to the whole family.
Benefits: Monthly Meeting/ Weekly Park Day/ Holiday Parties/Field Trips/Service Projects/Yearbook/Open House
Cost: $25 yearly

California Christian Homeschoolers (CCH)
Marion Curtis
Geographic Area Serving: State of California
Description: We are an E-Mail support group of Christian Homeschoolers throughout the state of California. We exist to encouarge and empower Christians to train their children up in the way of the Lord through E Mail Group. Members are free to post as they are led. To date we have over 165 member families. In His Arms, Marion (Moderator)
Requirements: A working E Mail address. WE are also Christian based so if you are looking for a secular only group, this is not for you.
Benefits: We have a yearly camping trip and hopefully more to come.
Cost: None

Calvary Chapel Christian School
Cindy Page
Geographic Area Serving: Lancaster, Palmdale, California City, Edwards, Rosamond, Tehachapi, Littlerock, Pearblossom, Phelan, Victorville
Description: We are a private, independent study, school program. We do have a support group only option. We have monthly newsletter, field trips, co-op program, lending library, parties and more. Check our brochure out at our web address. Email Cindy with any questions.
Requirements: Willing to homeschool your children:)
Benefits: Support group, classes, monthly newsletter, field trips, lending library, parties and more
Cost: $25 for support group only; $30 registration + tuition fees for full service

Carpinteria Homeschool Group
Geographic Area Serving: Carpinteria Area
Description: Carpinteria Homeschool Group’s purpose is to bring together local homeschooling families for fun activities, group learning, and occasional field trips.
Requirements: Any families who are currently homeschooling or interested in homeschooling are welcome to join.
Benefits: Fun activities, group learning, and field trips
Cost: None

Central Valley Homeschool Scholars (CVHS)
Leah Ramirez
Geographic Area Serving: Los Banos (Central Valley), California
Description: Central Valley Homeschool Scholars is a homeschool co-op in the Central Valley CA. We have weekly co-op meetings that include science and art as well as field trips and monthly Parent Support Meetings. We are open to all homeschoolers in Los Banos and the surrounding areas of Central CA and the Bay area. You do not have to attend the weekly meetings to participate in the field trips or any of our other special events, all are welcome!
Requirements: None
Benefits: See above.
Cost: None

Cathie Parrish
Geographic Area Serving: Lodi and surrounding areas, California
Description: We are a support group of about 80 families that started 5 years ago in Lodi, Calif. and surrounding areas. We are a group that welcomes any style of homeschooling; we believe the Lord leads each individual family the path of how to homeschool. We are a Christian group with a Statement of Faith and Mission Statement that is based on Bible Doctrine. We welcome anyone that shares our Christian World View. We meet once a month for the moms to fellowship, share and pray. We offer many activities that you may choose to participate in or not; we encourage you to do what is good for you and your family. We offer a co-op with core classes as well as "interactive fun". We have a yearbook, yearend party (which includes food, a "works" display, graduation, and a talent show); a back to school swim party; craft days; moms/dads activities; science camp; too much to list! Our fee covers a monthly newsletter and mailing. We have a board and are an independent ministry of First Baptist Church in Lodi.
Requirements: We are a Christian group with a Statement of Faith and Mission Statement that is based on Bible Doctrine. We welcome anyone that shares our Christian World View.
Benefits: We offer a co-op with core classes as well as "interactive fun". We have a yearbook, yearend party (which includes food, a "works" display, graduation, and a talent show); a back to school swim party; craft days; moms/dads activities; science camp; too much to list! We put out a monthly newsletter, that is either mailed or picked up at the meeting.
Cost: $25 yearly

Christian Home Educators Association of California
Susan Beatty
Rebecca Kocsis
Geographic Area Serving: State of California
Description: The Christian Home Educators Association (CHEA) of California, Inc. is a non-profit ministry established in 1982 to provide information, support, and training to the home education community throughout the state, to advance the Kingdom of Jesus Christ by promoting private Christian home education as an outstanding educational opportunity; providing information, training and support to the homeschool community; and protecting the God-given right of parents to direct the education and training of their children, to the glory of God. CHEA labors year round on behalf of homeschoolers by hosting an Annual Convention each year; co-sponsoring many other events throughout the state; providing an extensive website that offers news, information, articles, and many resources including how to get started and teaching high school manuals; providing Membership opportunities such as discounts, etc, protecting your rights through partnering with Family Protection Ministries (legislative consultants) and Home School Legal Defense Association; and partnering with other national organizations such as The Alliance of Home Education Leadership and American Home Education and Discipleship (AHEAD) Conferences.
Requirements: We are a Christian organization
Benefits: New Members receive 3 free MP3 downloads of workshop audios. All Members receive 1 free MP3 download on renewal. 10% discount on CHEA publications, discount on HSLDA Membership, discount on Annual Convention entrance (and access to early-bird registration), free transcript creator and access to Member-only benefits on our website.
Cost: $35 yearly

Christian Homeschoolers of Ripon
Carlene Thurman
Geographic Area Serving: Ripon, Salida, Manteca, Lathrop, Escalon, Riverbank, Oakdale, Linden, Modesto, and surrounding communities.
Description: Hi! We are a Christian homeschooling co-op located in Ripon, CA. It is our desire to get our children connected with each other in a fun, educational, and constructive atmosphere. We get together bi-weekly, usually on Fridays, for field trips, co-op classes, community service projects, holiday parties, PE, local events (e.g. plays) and other activities. The goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart based on Deut. 6:5-8 "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your might. These words I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children and talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up."
Requirements: All of our field trips, classes, and events are organized by parent volunteers which requires every family lead a class, an event, or coordinate a field trip or other co-op related activity. Additionally, you must join our Yahoo group as this is the method we use to notify all members of activities.
Benefits: See Description above
Cost: None

Classical Homeschoolers of the Silicon Valley
Robert Arne
Geographic Area Serving: San Jose, California
Description: Classical Homeschoolers of the Silicon Valley is an all-inclusive support group for those following the classical homeschooling education model of "The Well Trained Mind" (Jessie Wise and Susan Bauer) or similar methods (e.g. Hirsch, Bennett, Mason). This is an open, courteous, exchange of ideas which must not become commercialized or dominated by any one perspective, excepting the common denominator of an interest in classical education.
Requirements: Participate in discussions and work to build a stronger park day group.
Benefits: We are the only group in the South Bay dedicated to expanding inclusive Classical homeschooling. Join us and let's build a large group capable of supporting the classical methods.
Cost: None

Educating By His Grace
Mandy Avila
Denise Graham
Geographic Area Serving: Tracy, Manteca, Modesto, Lathrop, Ripon, Livermore, Banta
Description: We provide: MNO PE and Park day Field trips Pictures Graduation Parties
Requirements: Christian Private Homeschool
Benefits: Fellowship, mentoring, helping new homeschoolers feel comfortable raising our child in the way they should go, Christ centered atmosphere building great friendships, growing in love
Cost: $10. and $5 for a PE shirt

Family Centered Education of Los Angeles (FaCE-LA)
Colleen Paeff
Geographic Area Serving: Los Angeles, California
Description: We are an inclusive, loosely organized support group for families who homeschool in any of the various ways and methods. FaCE-LA currently includes over 100 families who live throughout Greater Los Angeles and beyond. The children range in age from babes-in-arms through 21+ years old, and we recently had a second-generation family become members. We have park days on the first and third Thursday of every month in Burbank. Other activities include several book clubs, science classes, nature classes, lots of other kinds of classes, a movie-making group, field trips, physical education, Moms' night out, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, craft fairs, curriculum fairs, and potlucks. We also work together to produce a yearbook, as well as a talent show that the kids put on every year. There are several festivals, a formal dance in the springtime, and an opportunity to order student IDs and "non-school" pictures. At Halloween time, there is a costume parade.
Requirements: $25 annual fee covers subscription to a monthly newsletter and our Yahoo announcement group.
Benefits: Monthly newsletter, organized field trips, park days, book clubs, yearbook, "non-school" pictures and student/teacher IDs, other clubs and activities, Moms' Night Out, potlucks and special events.
Cost: $25 yearly

Family Homeschool Adventures
Trisha Vais
Geographic Area Serving: Lompoc, California
Description: Our group is an active, activity-based group. Our children range in age from toddlers to junior high. Currently, the majority of our group is elementary age. We meet for a park play day every week on Tuesdays and have at least 1 other field trip or group activity a month. We also do art and science projects about once a month during our park days.
Requirements: Our group is open to all homeschoolers. Our only requirement is that everyone treats each other respectfully and that each parent is responsible for teaching their child respectful behavior at our group events.
Benefits: Park days, field trips ,class series (archery, dance),art and science projects
Cost: None

Freedom Valley Home Learners
Kris Dalton
Geographic Area Serving: Temecula & Murrieta and surrounding areas, California
Description: Freedom Valley Home Learners (FVHL) Yahoo Group is an all-inclusive (non-faith based) group of homeschooling families in the Temecula Valley area. The purpose of the group is to provide information and support to homeschooling families in the Temecula Valley Area. In addition to the yahoo email group, this group offers regular parkdays throughout the valley and fieldtrips throughout So. Cal, Tween & Teen groups & access to coop classes & news from the homeschool community. Members of this group are respectful of other families’ homeschooling choices, whether they utilize a public charter or private school and whether they follow a traditional, classical, or unschooling educational philosophy. Most of the members of this group reside in Southwest Riverside County (Lake Elsinore, Murrieta, Canyon Lake, Wildomar, Menifee, South Corona, and Temecula and outlying areas)
Requirements: No requirements. The group is what the parents make of it, so the more you can contribute the better the experience.
Benefits: Fieldtrips, tween group, teen group, news from local homeschool groups, resources support notice of co-op & vendor classes, friendship
Cost: None

H.E.A.R.T. Homeschool Group
Lisa Selvidge
Geographic Area Serving: Yuba City, California
Description: Inclusive homeschool group serving all interested homeschoolers in the Yuba Sutter area. Twice monthly park days, field trips and other fun family activities.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Park days, field trips, group outings, seasonal celebrations, etc.
Cost: None

Hearth Foundation
Jacqueline Kramer
707 293-7268
Geographic Area Serving: State of California
Description: We offer online support and classes on Buddhism and spirituality for parents and homemakers. We pair lessons for parents on Buddhism with lessons for children.
Requirements: All our classes are online so we can offer these classes wherever you are. The classes take place on a discussion board rather than real time so you come to class as suits your schedule. The commitment you make is to post at least once a week on the assignment given. There are four series of classes each about 6 to 8 weeks long. In keeping with the Buddhist tradition these classes are offered freely. Donations are welcome.
Benefits: We provide: *a monthly newsletter *online lay Buddhist practice classes *a chat room for discussion of spiritual parenting issues *spiritual parenting and homemaking resource links
Cost: None

Hearthstone Educators
Cheryl Kliewer
Geographic Area Serving: Santa Maria Santa Barbara County
Description: Hearthstone Educators is an interdenominational Christian-based home school support group, whose mission is to provide parents with encouragement, exhortation for excellence and information about homeschooling with a Christ-centered, parent-directed focus. We also provide our families with educational and social opportunities to supplement their home studies such as monthly parents' meetings, field trips, Apologia co-ops, and bimonthly newsletter. Annual events include Fine Arts Festival, History/Science Fair, & graduation. Visit us: sites.google.com/site/santamariahomeschoolgroup/home
Requirements: None
Benefits: See Description
Cost: $45

Chritie Hegle
Geographic Area Serving: Tehachapi, California
Description: We are a Christian Support Group that meets once a month to uplift and encourage one another in the Spirit of love and fellowship. We as parents should have our children's HEARTS in mind in our educational choice with the realization that educating the mind is great but not enough.
Requirements: We encourage independent homeschoolers as well as charter school homeschoolers. No other requirements.
Benefits: We offer a network of information through the use of our yahoo groups via internet, phone calls and monthly meetings for things to do and see and encourage social or political involvement in our community throughout Kern County and anywhere else the Lord would have us respond.
Cost: None

Camille Smith
Geographic Area Serving: West San Gabriel Valley/NE Los Angeles, California
Description: We are an inclusive homeschool support group serving Northeast Los Angeles/West San Gabriel community. Some members share information and ideas online only. Others use our calendar, which shows many homeschool activities and groups' meetings in the area, including ours. And some meet weekly for friendship between children and parents alike. Our focus is on bringing homeschooling children together, so that they can form strong friendships.
Requirements: None. Regular attendence of twice a month recommended for the purposes of the group, but all are welcome in whatever capacity they choose to join.
Benefits: Organized field trips and regular park days
Cost: None

Homeschoolers of the Central Coast
Jen or Anna
Geographic Area Serving: San Luis Obispo County, California
Description: We are an inclusive group of homeschoolers for San Luis Obispo County, meeting together on a regular basis for interaction and scheduled field trips. We meet to talk about issues and to allow the children to play together. We keep a relaxed and casual atmosphere amongst us.
Requirements: You are welcome to join in virtually, but we hope to see you IRL too.
Benefits: Enjoy our field trips, shared resources, and camaraderie.
Cost: None

Geographic Area Serving: Santa Clarita ~ Valencia ~ Newhall ~ Canyon Country, California
Description: We are inclusive of all. We offer support, local information, Field Trips (field trips are once a WEEK!), Parkdays, group classes - various subjects, Boys Club, Girls Club, Book Club, Sports, links to homeschool information, Mom's Night's out, an occasional camping trip and more! We have over 300 families and children of all ages! Each family chooses how they homeschool - most use curriculum of some sort. This is a Homeschool support group based in the Santa Clarita Valley-- California! (near Six Flags Magic Mountain).It is FREE to join! Learn about homeschooling! Talk about homeschooling!
Requirements: You can choose to attend whatever interests you. We do have cancellation policies on some class, clubs and field trips. Common courtesy is asked!
Benefits: We have at least 20-30 scheduled events per week (classes, clubs, events, parkday every week, sports, field trips every week and more). We have an active group of families that are helpful when getting started in your homeschooling adventure and for support as you continue the journey!
Cost: None

Homeschooling TnT
Geographic Area Serving: Orange County and Southern California
Description: We're a group of homeschooled teens, tweens, and their parents; who gather in and around Orange County, CA; for beach parties, regional dances, pizza nights, campouts, Disneyland trips and other events. We welcome all homeschoolers, regardless of race, religion, homeschool method, or lifestyle.
Requirements: MUST be the parent of (or be) a homeschooled teen or tween (aged 10 or older).
Benefits: Fun, socialization, group activities
Cost: Optional cost of activities

KidsROCK Academy
Cindy Kalbach
Carla Dollar
Geographic Area Serving: Susanville, CA area
Description: We offer homeschool support and enrichment with classes, clubs, Club PALS, field trips, consulting and community.
Requirements: We ask that families attend a minimum of one event per quarter and either attend the Quarterly Planning Meeting or make arrangements to have all pertinent information in to the council before the meeting.
Benefits: Families are free to choose which activities to attend from the wide variety of events scheduled through the year. Families get to offer/request classes and events that would be of interest to them—all activities are tailored to the needs and interests of our members. Online community offers instant access to the resources of decades of pooled experience in all aspects of homeschooling. Opportunities for leadership for the kids that will begin a lifelong pattern that reaches beyond the good looking college application! There is a lot of diversity in our group, which provides healthy interaction and education for everyone!
Cost: $50 one time registration fee or $5 for 12 months

Lambpen Homeschool Ministries
JulieBeth Lamb
Geographic Area Serving: Central Valley, Stanislaus & San Joaquin counties and vicinity
Description: Veteran Christian homeschooling mom since 1992 will help families get started homeschooling, find local support, and be encouraged. Free curriculum counseling and informational classes.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Support and guidance
Cost: None

LDS Home Education Network
Terrie Runolfson
Geographic Area Serving: Cottonwood, California
Description: There is no need to re-invent the wheel. Share what you know and others will share what they know. Successes, triumphs and yes, even failures will be shared. Curriculum ideas, free worksheets, great web sites, parenting tips, travel opportunities and group field trips. News on education and current events will also be shared to help you. Let's all share what we know!
Requirements: Membership requires approval
Benefits: Our goal is to strengthen the family and create a gospel centered environment. Parents are naturally the child's best teachers, they understand their children better than anyone else, their personality, their interests, their strengths and weaknesses. God is being wiped out of their little lives one step at a time. For those parents who feel strongly about a Christ centered education, educating at home can be very rewarding for both the child and for family unity.
Cost: None

LDS Homeschooling in California
Michele Everett
Geographic Area Serving: State of California
Description: Information for Latter-day Saint homeschoolers including quotes from LDS leaders, home school support group help, education articles, virtual field trips and educational links, homeschool news, and education news.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Information for Latter-day Saint homeschoolers including quotes from LDS leaders, home school support group help, education articles, virtual field trips and educational links, homeschool news, and education news.
Cost: None

Long Beach Homeschoolers
Geographic Area Serving: Long Beach, California
Description: Welcome Long Beach, California Homeschoolers! Our Yahoo Group site is intended as a forum for parents of young children to explore homeschooling, share ideas, form play groups and support one another through this wonderful journey. This is a new group, and its intent is to create a network of parents in the Long Beach and surrounding areas with young children, who will grow together through the grades.
Requirements: Long Beach Homeschoolers is secular, but inclusive of all beliefs and homeschooling philosophies. All we ask is that members be respectful of one another at all times, on the group site and in person at events. Those who are disrespectful, judgmental or use foul language will be banned from the group.
Benefits: Support, guidance, friendship and fun!
Cost: None

M.O.M Homeschool Support Group
Geographic Area Serving: Murrieta, California
Description: M.O.M (Moms of Murrieta) Homeschool Support Group, is for parents who believe home education is what is best for our children. Whether you use an R4, ISP, or charter school we encourage you to join us. We have created a place where you can come for tips, advice and questions about your home school journey.It is our goal to have monthly meetings, park days, holiday parties, Field Trips, Library Days, and Mom Movie Nights. We are here to form lasting friendships for our children and us Moms!
Requirements: Our only requirement is that you must be a member to receive invitations to our events. We do this to respect the privacy of our homeschooling families and create a stable environment.
Benefits: Have you found it hard to connect with a group of women? You are a mom, with little ones, attempting to conquer the hurdles of home education for the first time. Most homeschooling families are not made of money. Through local community resources and creative ideas we have found a way to enrich our kids lives with local field trips and lasting friendships. Which is why M.O.M was started. There are a lot of moms out there that need a place to meet with other moms! We are homeschooling our children, often with babies or siblings in tow. We want to connect with a group and not just be a part of one. Consider joining us. With park days, fun field trips, and mom outings, we are dedicated to making this a homeschool group that is fun for not only our kids, but us as well. Here, you do not need to hire a babysitter to participate, all of our activities are family friendly for the entire family!
Cost: $10 yearly

Modesto Area Home Schooling
Cindae Hull
Geographic Area Serving: Modesto, California
Description: This is a Christian email loop for Modesto area homeschoolers. This group was designed to inform and support homeschoolers in Stanislaus and surrounding counties. We welcome the discussion of the many and varied forms of home schooling ideas prevalent in our society today. This group is to be used to meet and support fellow homeschoolers, post home school events, field trips, prayer requests, conventions, ministry opportunities, co-ops, park days or anything else going on in this area that would be of interest to the homeschooling community. It is designed to be instructional for those wishing information on beginning homeschooling and getting the support that they need to begin. This information will come from the experience of our members. It will also serve as a posting place for legal and political issues that arise within our government concerning home schooling. It is our desire to have a forum of peaceful, useful discussion where various ideas and topics of interest to homeschooling families will take place. People of all creeds are welcome here, but as this is a Christian list, the behavior of this group will be governed by the principles as stated in Ephesians 4:29 – 5:3, and I Corinthians 14:26
Requirements: To join our group, click on the "Join this group" link on the front page. You will then receive an email from the site with our loop rules. Upon agreement of the rules, you will email the loop again, and will be admitted to the group.
Benefits: As of the spring ~ 2006, our group has about 325 families. Our families range in age from new moms and dads with just one newborn at home, who are already committed to home schooling, to Moms and dads who are already grandparents and have been at this home schooling thing longer than they care to admit! We are blessed to have the wisdom in our group of some home school pioneers in the Central Valley.
Cost: None

Morongo Basin Fun-schooling
Renee W.
Geographic Area Serving: Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, 29Palms
Description: Inclusive, secular group that strives to be sensitive to the many different views of our members. We meet Tuesdays in and around Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley for fun educational activities, field trips and community service projects. We tend to be progressive, Waldorf inspired unschoolers but have a variety of methods and beliefs. We have a variety of ages from 2 to 15.
Requirements: We ask that you leave all toy guns and electronic devices at home on park days. We expect you to participate in the activities with your children and save discussion for the play-time after the activities have ended.
Benefits: We offer: fun activities, science projects, field trips, crafts (especially nature crafts,) teen nights, night out for mom and holiday/seasonal celebrations. We try to be very active in the greater community with community service projects at least twice a year.
Cost: None

North OC Homeschoolers
Amy McCamly
Geographic Area Serving: Orange County and surrounding areas
Description: Designed to help homeschooling/unschooling families in North Orange County connect, build community, and share resources. We welcome all families: from unschoolers to charterschoolers, whether you stay at home or work full time... or even if you're just curious about this whole homeschooling "thing" ... join and share with each other your homeschooling experience! We have regular park days and schedule field trips throughout the year to various locations around southern California.
Requirements: None; we are open to everyone!
Benefits: We support homeschooling/unschooling families and those thinking of homeschooling/unschooling by building community through our frequent meetups and events.
Cost: $5 donation (optional)

Peninsula Christian Homeschool Group
Sandy Kathey
Geographic Area Serving: Monterey Bay and surrounding areas
Description: PCHG is a homeschool support group in which membership is free and open to all homeschooling families. We meet the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month from 1-3:00 at Hayes Park on Monterey and Buna Road in Seaside.
Requirements: You will be required to sign a liability release waiver upon joining PCHG.
Benefits: We have monthly field trips, mom's night out, teen group activities, holiday parties and more.
Cost: None

Red Dragons Girls Club
Geographic Area Serving: Tarzana SFV, California/LA
Description: The Red Dragons Girls club is for ages 11-14. We meet every Wednesday Sep-May about 1:00 p.m. Some of our activities are: Book cub, newsletter, share day, parties, craft, movies appreciation, bowling days, pool parties.
Requirements: Girls require to be nice to each other and to the volunteer moms. Family will be asked to offer ideas for activities of there choice.
Benefits: Social activities, newsletter, an opportunity to offer activities of your choice. Field trips, workshops...
Cost: None

Redding HomeSchool Network
Erin Friedman
Geographic Area Serving: Redding, California
Description: A member-driven, inclusive support group for Redding-area families of all faiths and all homeschooling styles.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Email loop, park days, activities
Cost: None

Sacramento Area Homeschool Information & Chat
Geographic Area Serving: Sacramento, California
Description: This is an informational jump point for local information, support and connection to local families currently homeschooling or supportive there of. It is also a networking site to links to information and services that we utilize. The List as it is called currently has over 230 families, is largely unmoderatated, and allows the planning and formation of park days, field trips, classes, play dates, and whatever else desired among the group.
Requirements: One post via the web site as way of introduction and to validate your email account
Benefits: We are a great resource, you have questions we have answers and a large archive to search through.It is a soft place to fall after hitting wall after wall with school or members of society who don't understand what you are trying to do by home educating your children or mistakenly assume you don't have the right. Friendly people with kids of all ages from the varied areas of the 916 530 209 and beyond.
Cost: None

SAFTI Sacramento Area Field Trips and Info
Rachel or Deanna
Geographic Area Serving: Greater Sacramento Area, including Roseville, Auburn, Placerville, El Dorado Hills, Folsom, Fair Oaks, Orangevale, Carmichael, Natomas, Yuba City, Marysville, and Chico
Description: This is the place to find out what field trips, classes, activities are going on in the area. There is no chit chat here just info. All messages are approved.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Be able to socialize, go on field trips, find classes and activities with the homeschooler in mind
Cost: None

San Francisco Backyard Neighborhood and Learning Center
Kelly Simpson
Geographic Area Serving: San Francisco Bay Area, California
Description: We are trying to help single-parent and two-income families be able to homeschool, by creating a place where homeschooling childcare co-ops can meet regularly, rain or shine, and share resources. This will also be a place where families can live and share their unfenced backyards and other resources with each other. After establishing such a place in San Francisco, we intend to help other groups create similar places in other neighborhoods.
Requirements: Founding members will buy property and jointly determine basic rules for use of property by residents and guests. Guest co-op(s) may create additional rules for co-op members.
Benefits: Resident and guest children will be able to use backyard(s) and some indoor areas with learning resources.
Cost: Supply costs for co-op(s)

SGV HomeSchool Christian Connection
Geographic Area Serving: San Gabriel Valley, California
Description: The purpose of this group is to promote networking among Christian Homeschooling groups and individual families within the San Gabriel Valley of Southern California. Whether you are, considering homeschooling, new to homeschooling or a "pro", feel free to share information regarding homeschooling and homeschooling events, add to the website (links/photos/docs), plan support meetings, field trips, or play dates. This is a member driven group so don't be shy!!! Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work...
Requirements: This is and will remain a Christian based and Christian led homeschool support group, although we welcome any families who would like to participate. We only require respect for the group's Christian values and leadership.
Benefits: Website provides information about local groups and online support. Field trips, park days and play dates are planned as desired by individual group members.
Cost: None

SHARE Homeschool Group
Heather Anderson
Geographic Area Serving: Yuba City; Marysville, Live Oak, Gridley and further outlying areas: Browns Valley, Colusa, Sutter, Woodland, Roseville, Natomas, and Grass Valley
Description: The purpose of SHARE Homeschool Group is to combine our resources to have educational and enrichment classes for our children. Together.... we provide affordable, quality, fun-filled academic homeschooling enrichment classes for our children. In addition we want to create a higher level of support and unity for homechooling moms in our community. We have consistent meet days and we also are striving to have additional opportunities for outside educators to provide our kids with classes in one location. Please contact Heather Anderson at heatheranderson@sharehomeschool.org or visit www.sharehomeschool.org
Requirements: Semester fee. Some classes have additional charges. Moms SHARE jobs in teaching, clean-up, supplies, etc. Some classes have hired teachers that parents will need to pay.
Benefits: Classes include ART, music, science experiments, history, cooking, cake decorating, Lego Club, Physical education, Boy Scout Skills, PE, etc. Social time and support for moms and kids in our homeschooling community.
Cost: $25-$150

Shooting Stars 4-H
Cheryl Westberg
Geographic Area Serving: Modesto, California
Description: H Club catering to homeschool families. Members age 5-19 and activities for the pre-schoolers as well. Co-op format. families all help lead activities. Meetings held once or twice monthly on Fridays...all day. Daytime club. Projects depend on adult and teen leaders but usually include Cooking, Arts & Crafts, Sports, and Science for all age groups.
Requirements: Req'd to attend 80% of all meetings to be a member in good standing with the club. Attendance is key!Animal projects are not required to be a member of 4-H.
Benefits: 4-H promotes member growth in Life Skills, Leadership, and Citizenship/Community Service. 9& up members serve as Officers in their club and run the club's business meeting. Presentation skills are promoted in 4-H in various ways..from short project reports to formal judged Presentation Days.
Cost: $10 per family + $8 per child

SMILe - Santa Maria Inclusive Learners
Geographic Area Serving: Santa Maria, California
Description: Inclusive homeschool support and co-op for families in and around the Santa Maria Valley.
Requirements: Courtesy, tolerance and participation, this is a hands-on learning co-op.
Benefits: We have an e-group at yahoo for communication.Co-operative learning: Currently, French club,Science club and Game days, we also have park days and special field trips and co-operatively run classes from a vast area of collective experience!
Cost: None

SoCal Homeschool Enrichment
Geographic Area Serving: Southern California
Description: This group is for homeschooling families in Greater Los Angeles and surrounding Southern California communities, who are interested in getting together for specialized classes and other interesting activities. Often we stumble upon a great class that is offered in a way that is convenient to regular school kids. This group will facilitate the organization of groups of interested kids and the negotiation of special conditions and pricing to meet the needs of homeschoolers.There are many homeschool groups with a local focus or a state-wide focus, this one is intended to be for all SoCal residents who value the opportunity to take part in a unique or interesting event, even if it requires a longer drive.
Requirements: All membership requests must be approved by the moderator.
Benefits: This list provides information about a wide range of interesting enrichment activities in Southern California.
Cost: None

SoCal Unschoolers
Geographic Area Serving: Southern California
Description: It seems that there are small pockets of unschoolers here and there throughout Southern California, but there hasn't been an easy way to connect with each other. This group is for unschoolers and anyone else interested in the very simple, but very radical idea that life is learning and learning is life! This list is not meant to be primarily a philosophic or theoretical discussion group. SoCalUnschoolers is a place for sharing ideas and planning get-togethers with other like-minded families.
Requirements: Unschooling is a term that is associated with interest driven, child-led, natural, organic, eclectic, or self-directed learning. Lately, the term has also come to be associated with the type of homeschooling that doesn't use a fixed curriculum. All membership requests must be approved by the moderator.
Benefits: List members are welcome to organize field trips, park days or any other outings they desire.
Cost: None

South Bay Homeschool Network
T. Kushner
Geographic Area Serving: LA/South Bay, California
Description: South Bay Homeschool Network is an inclusive support group offering park days every Wednesday, field trips and networking loops.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Newsletter, field trips, classes, email lists, web site
Cost: None

South Coast Christian Home Educators
Tasha Richardson
Geographic Area Serving: Orange County, California
Description: We are a Christian homeschooling support group located in south Orange County. Our purpose is to support and encourage homeschooling families of all ages.
Requirements: No requirements other than to be homeschooling.
Benefits: We have monthly assemblies and park days, and a members-only website for discussions and for planning field trips and other member-led activities. Please see our website for more information.
Cost: $37 yearly

South Orange County Christian hOmeschoolers (SOCCO)
Geographic Area Serving: South Orange County
Description: Support group for Christian families pursuing independent home education. Members support one another through a private website. We offer group classes, park days, service opportunities & field trips.
Requirements: Independent Home Education
Benefits: Support and activities
Cost: $20 yearly

The Learning Circle
Stacy Lakin
Geographic Area Serving: Hollister/San Juan/Tres Pinos, California
Description: We are a parent driven inclusive social group for all homeschooling families (charter school, R-4, ISP) in the South Valley area. We offer park days , fun arts and craft get togethers, events, parties, and field trips.
Requirements: The only requirement we have is to help plan our calendar. Give suggestions for field trips or crafts. We are group focused on giving our kids a fun social atmosphere.
Benefits: We have a yahoo group site full of resources.
Cost: None

The Learning Collective TLC
Shawna Ginocchio
Geographic Area Serving: Claremont, Upland, Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario, San Dimas, Montclair, Fontana, Riverside, Glendora
Description: The Learning Collective is a parent-run homeschool co-op operating out of Claremont, CA. We meet once a week on Mondays at a church facility, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. As of September 2009 we are offering Spanish 1, 2, and Conversational Spanish, Math games, Science, Karate, Ancient Civilization-city building, Cooking, Teen activity (building hovercrafts, speaker arrays, zip lines, rock climbing..)Geography, Literature, Art, P.E., Music, Public Speaking and even some younger sibling activities. Some of our instructors teach at local Colleges, others have teaching credentials. Some just have a passion for something and they share it. All in all huge fun and great friends.
Requirements: We are open to all homeschoolers regardless of religious affiliation. All member parents participate either by teaching in our program or assisting teachers or support programs. Two hours per program week is required volunteer participation. This is not a drop-off program. Parents stay and are involved. For ages 5-17, grades K-12.
Benefits: Great social opportunity for parents as well as children. Very warm bunch. Parent instructional support in specialized subjects that may be difficult in a homeschooling setting (ie. Karate, group P.E., Spanish, Public Speaking. Group field trips/tours. Highly affordable when compared to individual costs for 5 classes for ~ 12 classes. All in one place.
Cost: $145.00 per child each semester

Tracy Homeschoolers
Carolyn Navarra
Geographic Area Serving: Tracy, California
Description: Welcome Tracy, CA Homeschoolers! This group is an all inclusive group for homeschoolers in Tracy California and nearby areas. This group is designed to allow us to meet each other, discuss any ideas, inspirations, successes, or concerns we may have as we homeschool our children. All homeschoolers are welcome here. We are currently meeting every Tuesday, from 1-3 PM, at Lincoln Park in Tracy (near the Library). When the weather gets too cold or rainy, we will plan alternate activities and post those on the website.
Requirements: Our groups is open to all homeschoolers in the Tracy area.
Benefits: We provide support and friendship for all homeschooling families.
Cost: None

Tri-City Homeschoolers
Catherine Dorman
Gretchen Mora
Geographic Area Serving: Fremont, Newark, Union City, California
Description: Tri-City Homeschoolers (TCH) is a loosely-structured, all-inclusive group of homeschooling families from the Fremont-Union City-Newark area. The purpose of our group is to offer activities and share resources to enhance and support the homeschooling experience. We are open to new and experienced homeschoolers alike. We welcome all people, regardless of sex, age, race, religion, or homeschooling program, including those families who are still exploring the homeschool option and seek further information about it.
Requirements: Pay yearly dues.
Benefits: You are welcome to visit any of our park days to meet us and ask questions, and find out more about becoming a member. It's easy! Our park days are weekly on Friday afternoons (beginning between 1-2 and lasting until 4-5) and each month we move to a different park. Please contact Catherine or Gretchen for the Park location.
Cost: $5 yearly

Tri-Valley Explorers Homeschool Support Group
Geographic Area Serving: San Francisco East Bay Area, primarily Alameda and Contra Costa Counties
Description: Tri-Valley Explorers is an all-inclusive homeschool support group. We welcome ALL homeschooling families regardless of personal belief, Tri-Valley Explorers is an all-inclusive homeschool support group. We welcome ALL homeschooling families regardless of personal belief, lifestyle or homeschool method. We have created a supportive community of homeschooling families; we encourage each other in person as well as through our Facebook group. TVE members plan and coordinate our activities, including park days, classes, field trips, and other fun events for toddler-aged children through teenagers. Most members live in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
Requirements: All prospective members go through our membership orientation process, usually by meeting at one of our park days.
Benefits: The benefit of being a member of TVE is the ability to create your own homeschool community for both parents and children.
Cost: None

West Orange County Homeschool Group
West Orange County HS Leader
Geographic Area Serving: Orange County, California
Description: Welcome to the West Orange County Homeschooling Group, located in Southern California. The majority of our members reside in Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Westminster, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Santa Ana and surrounding cities. West Orange County Homeschooling Group is an inclusive, member directed support group of home schooling families. Please read the information at this site for more information on member-directed support groups (http://www.home-ed-magazine.com/INF/NET/n.ol_ndspg.html). Our families are diverse in their methods and styles of home education and all are welcome to participate. We meet weekly for park days and field trips. If you live in the area and would like to meet other families who homeschool, please join us!
Requirements: None
Benefits: Visit our group's website!
Cost: None