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Florida: Support Groups
A FREE Gainesville Area Homeschool Group!
Geographic Area Serving: Gainesville, Alachua County and surrounding areas of Florida
Description: We are an open, secular, inclusive homeschool group. Most of our members homeschool, unschool or use FLVS. No membership fee is required. Participation in all activities is optional and most are free. We offer support and socialization and learning and FUN!. We do not discriminate for any reason, we are inclusive and diversity is valued here!
Requirements: Restricted group. Prospective members must provide some info about themselves to be approved. No Fees required.
Benefits: Innumerable!
Cost: None
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Alachua Regional Catholic Home Schooler Support Group
Lori Lamb
threelillambs@aol.com
352-846-5848
386-454-3321
Geographic Area Serving: Alachua & surrounding counties, Florida
Description: We are a Catholic Home Schooling support group in the Alachua County area of Northern Florida. We bring Catholic home schooling families together to share our home schooling experiences and share fellowship, go on field trips, and pray the Mass and rosary together all for our God and to benefit our children. We meet every Friday morning at St. Madeleine Catholic Church in High Springs, Florida. We have about 15 families in the group with children ranging from infant to about 15 years of age. We plan different activities each Friday which include Blue Army Fatima Cadets, monthly birthdays, field trips, and other events.
Requirements: We ask only that you are raising your children Catholic.
Benefits: We ask all parents to get involved in the group to help with planning events.
Cost: None
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Alternative Homeschool Educators
alternativehomeschooleducators-owner@yahoogroups.com
Geographic Area Serving: Mainly Broward County Florida, with some members in Miami and Palm Beach.
Description: We are an all inclusive homeschool group serving mainly Broward County with some members in Palm Beach and Miami-Dade Counties. Alternative Homeschool Educators of South Florida is a group of homeschoolers who believe in respect for all people regardless of homeschooling styles, race, age or religion. Alternative Homeschool Educators of South Florida offers an online discussion list that includes discussion on all styles of teaching (life learning, unschooling, school at home, eclectic...), useful links, homeschool support from experienced parents, park days, field trips, educational co-ops and much more. We enjoy getting together all over Broward County with some activities in Palm Beach and Miami-Dade Counties. *Note: the majority of our members and meetings are in Broward county.
Requirements: Trial membership for one month, then register and a one time $20 member. We ask that members plan one field trip or event per year.
Benefits: Inclusive, discussions, & get-togethers
Cost: $20 one time fee
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ARCH Angels of South Florida
Geographic Area Serving: Miami-Dade and Broward Counties
Description: The ARCH-Angels of South Florida is an association of Catholic families throughout South Florida that are committed to their faith as a way of life and home school their children.
Requirements: ARCH Angels membership is open to families of all faiths interested in homeschooling, with the understanding that we are faithful to the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church.
Benefits: Support
Cost: $40 yearly (currently)
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BNCHE / Sancta Familia Academy
Geographic Area Serving: Brevard County / East-Central Florida
Description: Brevard Network of Catholic Home Educators is a support group affiliated with Sancta Familia Academy and Sancta Familia Home Academy. SFA is a not-for-profit, privately run, Catholic educational resource for parents and students. We offer everything from no-requirements general membership to full enrollment in our non-traditional private school. We have co-op classes, part-time schooling, field trips, social events, and more.
Requirements: Vary based on membership or enrollment chosen by family.
Benefits: Community, guidance, optional private school records, and more.
Cost: $15 & up
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Brandon Homeschool Cooperative
Katherine Abbey
plainjane2@gmail.com
Geographic Area Serving: Brandon, Florida
Description: The Brandon Homeschool Cooperative (BHC) is a nonsectarian group of families that shares resources, ideas, and support for all methods of homeschooling in the Brandon area.
Requirements: CODE OF CONDUCT 1. Be there with your child. BHC is a participant led group. Absolutely no drop offs unless the activity has been specifically listed as such. 2. Should you or your child(ren) need a moment apart from the group to calm each other or for private discussion, please take that time to attend to each others needs. 3. Should a conflict arise between children that proves too difficult for the children to peaceably work out, please discuss it with the child's adult only. No adult should confront/discipline another's child. 4. As a group, BHC promotes gentle support and gentle learning. Please be respectful of this should a discipline situation arise with your child during a BHC function. 5. Be respectful of the many different ways to home school. There is no one right way.
Benefits: There are a growing number of activities that are available, including field trips, crafts, park days, a history project coop class, Book-It, and Scholastic book ordering.
Cost: $10
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Brandon Learning Co-op of Hillsborough County
brandonlearningcoop@gmail.com
Geographic Area Serving: Hillsborough County, FL
Description: We are an inclusive educational co-op open to all families seeking affordable quality classes for kids K-12. We meet in Brandon, FL, but you do not need to be a resident of Brandon to join. Location: Sadie Park 510 E. Sadie St. Brandon, FL Time: Thursday mornings
Requirements: We do not require a fee to join the co-op. There will be a $5.00 administration fee per course (6-8 week session), per student. This fee will secure your spot in the class. Additional fees (supplies/materials) may be involved in some classes, and these will be payable to the instructor.
Benefits: Enrichment
Cost: $5+
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Broward County Homeschool Parent Support Group
Kelly Fifelski
browardcountypsg@yahoo.com
Lorraine Mitchell
Geographic Area Serving: Broward, Dade, Palm Beach, Florida
Description: The largest and oldest homeschool support group in Broward County. Founded upon Christian values and Christian led - but all homeschoolers welcome! Meetings 2nd Tuesday of every month. Children welcome at meetings - separate room for Elementary kids, Middle Schooler and High Schoolers - where they make friends and have fun. "Chat Room" for adults to socialize. Homeschool speaker at every meeting.
Requirements: All homeschooler welcome.
Benefits: * Weekly e-letter * Monthly newsletter * Field trips * parties * Large active Teens' group * High School Prom * Graduation Ceremony * Awards and Promotions Night * Spelling Bee, Geography Bee, Science Fair * Park groups * Annual year book * Standardized testing * Used Curriculum sale * Annual "New Homeschoolers" meeting * Annual Activities
Cost: $35 yearly
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Calvary Chapel Ft. Lauderdale Homeschoolers
Dianna Little
diannaklittle@aol.com
954-482-3936
Geographic Area Serving: Broward/ southern Palm Beach County
Description: We are a Christian homeschool group that purposes to encourage, pray for, and support our members. We have co-ops, events, park days, and filed trips. Our monthly meeting take place at Calvary Chapel Ft. lauderdale.
Requirements: Meeting are open to the public. They are every third Thursday at 7 PM. Membership allows participation in events and field trips. Membership fees are $30 a year.
Benefits: Participation in a homeschool group allows fellowship for moms and kids, fun events, and friends that you can count on for advice and help.
Cost: $30 yearly
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Catholic Homeschoolers on the Treasure Coast
Geographic Area Serving: the northern part of the Diocese of Palm Beach (i.e., Martin, St. Lucie, and Indian River Counties)
Description: Catholic Homeschoolers on the Treasure Coast is an independent group, not affiliated with any particular local Roman Catholic parish. Members of the group are registered at many different Roman Catholic parishes in the northern part of the Diocese of Palm Beach (Martin, St. Lucie, and Indian River counties in Florida). We put first things first: we worship, then we play. We go to a First Friday Mass and Eucharistic Adoration at a local Roman Catholic church. The location varies every month so that everyone can see the diverse beauty in the Liturgy and Exposition. Then, depending on the season, weather, and location, we go to a local park or beach to have fun and socialize.
Requirements: Roman Catholic/Latin Rite, Greek Orthodox, Byzantine Tradition, Antiochian/West Syrian, Chaldean/East Syrian, Armenian, Alexandrian
Benefits: Mass, Adoration, fellowship
Cost: None
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Central Florida Pre Teen/Teen Homeschoolers
Edia
nyb1@excite.com
Geographic Area Serving: Orlando, Florida
Description: Central Florida's original and only teen homeschool group! This group is for (pre-teens and teens) homeschooling families age 11 and up living in Central Florida/Orlando mostly covering Seminole and Orange county but all are welcome. If you have younger children as well, you may join however, only your children that are 11 & up can participate. All activities, discussions, field trips, etc. will be geared toward this age group, middle to high school level. This is not a religious group, however all are welcome.
Requirements: Only membership requests by the parents or guardians of the homeschooling students will be considered/accepted, not by the student him/herself. The only requirement to join this group is that your child/children be at least 11 years old to participate. If you have younger homeschoolers as well & have issues with this policy, please do not join this group.
Benefits: Fieldtrips, activities, parties, classes, support
Cost: None
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CHEA - Christian Home Educators Association, Inc.
Membership Liaison
cheaocala@gmail.com
Geographic Area Serving: Ocala and Marion County
Description: CHEA is a support group in Ocala offering academic, social, and service activities in a family oriented, Christian atmosphere. We have park days, field trips, clubs, and informational resources, as well as providing encouragement and fellowship to each other as we share our homeschool journeys.
Requirements: Enrollments are done online at our website. We require a signed Statement of Faith and Code of Conduct as part of the membership application.
Benefits: Support and activities
Cost: $40 yearly
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CHEACC (Christian Home Educators Association of Collier County)
CHEACC
contact.cheacc@yahoo.com
239-435-8758
Sandy Shedden (member)
GraceHappens@embarqmail.com
Geographic Area Serving: Mainly Collier County; Naples, Marco Island, Golden Gate. also Bonita Springs, Estero, Ft. Myers...
Description: The purpose of CHEACC is to provide support and encouragement to local, Christian home school families. The organization was established upon basic Christian values and principles. Individual members are encouraged to reflect those principles during CHEACC functions and activities. At CHEACC, you’ll find a diversified group of home schooling families. Some members adhere to strict curriculum planning, while others follow learning through unit studies. There are also members enrolled in on-line courses of study and local co-ops. We encourage this diversity at CHEACC. We believe it is the responsibility of each family to decide their own home school philosophy and establish their own programs. CHEACC simply serves as a vehicle for support, encouragement, and information so our members can homeschool more effectively.
Requirements: Go to www.cheacc.org, and click on "Request Membership". Enter the necessary fields (including checking the box that you have read and agree to our Terms of Service).
Benefits: • A sense of belonging – knowing you are not alone in your home schooling journey. • Monthly meetings (see website for details)which provide information and support for home schooling parents. • Access to a secure, members-only message board to keep you informed. • Membership card for teacher discounts at local book stores and area businesses. • Coordination of annual testing and evaluation services by certified Florida educators. • Discounted Artis--Naples (formerly Philharmonic Center for the Arts) tickets to the School Time Theater and Orchestra programs. • Access to a myriad of activities sponsored by CHEACC members, which may include field trips, park days, social events, workshops, and special classes.
Cost: $35 yearly
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Christian Family Co-op
Wendy Nagel
TheNagelNest@msn.com
Geographic Area Serving: Tampa Bay, Florida
Description: Christian Family Co-op is a support group and co-op. We currently have ~50 families in our group with children ranging from infants to highschoolers. Our support group meets monthly at various locations around the Tampa Bay area and our co-op meets in Temple Terrace on Fridays.
Requirements: All families that register for the co-op are expected to attend regularly and parents are expected to work on their assigned days.
Benefits: Our support group has monthly parent meetings, frequent field trips, and annual special events. Our co-op has weekly academic and enrichment classes for all ages.
Cost: $5-Support Group/$20 Co-op yearly
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Christian Home Educated Tampa Teens (CHETT)
Kim Harvey
toriandrachelsmom@yahoo.com
Geographic Area Serving: Tampa, Florida
Description: Group activities are geared for tweens/teens ages 11 and up. Younger siblings are welcome if other arrangements cannot be made. Movie nights, game nights, laser tag, bowling, skating, picnics, area attractions, holiday parties, and educational field trips older kids will enjoy. All Christian denominations welcome. Meets twice a month, days and times will vary according to the event.
Requirements: Parental involvement is strongly suggested. Help planning and organizing activities and field trips.
Benefits: Sharing ideas, suggestions, and resources with other parents in the group. A wholesome environment for teens to hang out together, have fun, and talk about issues important to them.
Cost: None
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CMHomeschools
Cheri Hedden
heddenhome@gmail.com
Geographic Area Serving: NW Florida- Crestview and Niceville
Description: CMHomeschools is a local support group of Charlotte Mason Homeschoolers which meets in the NW FL area. We meet monthly, in either Niceville or Crestview FL, on the 4th Tuesday of the month. Our meetings include a study time in which a topic, related to Charlotte Mason's philosophy of education, is taught and discussed in the group. If you are interested in the Schedule for the group this year, please contact me for the current topics and meeting locations.
Requirements: A purely CM style of education is NOT required to attend our meetings. We welcome anyone interested in learning more about Charlotte Mason's philosophy of education!
Benefits: You will meet with other local homeschoolers, who have similar values and goals, and desire to learn more about the CM philosophy of education. CMHomeschool's educational meetings are filled with quality teaching, discussions, and best of all ... questions related to CM education are welcomed! You will be encouraged and equipped to continue in your daily efforts to provide a CM education in your homeschool!
Cost: None
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Community Christian Homeschoolers (CCH)
Julie Peine
cchmembership@gmail.com
Geographic Area Serving: Gainesville & surrounding areas
Description: Homeschool support group for Alachua and surrounding counties since 1986.
Requirements: Form & fee required
Benefits: Fellowship, support and encouragement for parents; park days, field trips and other activities for children
Cost: approximately $40 yearly
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Doorposts Homeschool Co-op
Leta Roznowski
lroznowski@tampabay.rr.com
7274574525
Geographic Area Serving: At Christian Church in the Wildwood 10051 Country Rd. Weeki Wachee, Fl
Description: Doorposts is a co-op based on the scripture in Deuteronomy 6:6-8. We strive to create disciples in the next generation. We meet every Thursday Sept-Apr from 10-3, with the exception of holidays. Alongside our co-op, the women's ministry offers women's Bible study from 10-12 and free childcare for children 5 and under. We also offer field trips.
Requirements: This co-op is not a drop off. A parent/ guardian must be on campus with child at all times. We offer a flexile schedule for those that only want one or two classes instead of the whole day. Children must stay in the building in which classes are held unless they are with their parent. Parents are not required to teach a class, but asked to volunteer when needed.
Benefits: Support and events.
Cost: $25
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East County Homeschoolers
EastCountyHomeschoolers-owner@yahoogroups.com
Geographic Area Serving: East Lake Worth, Florida
Description: East County Homeschoolers, in Palm Beach County, Florida, is a homeschool group available to new and veteran homeschooling families of all ages. We are inclusive of all learning styles, teaching methods and beliefs. Our aim is to enrich the lives of our children by providing meaningful and educational opportunities. This list will be used to notify users of upcoming events including, field trips, classes, and meetings as well as a forum for discussing homeschool related topics. All members are encouraged to organize events as we appreciate any contributions you would like to share. The goal for our group is for all members to be active. Our website is for members only, access is given to members that have attended at least one monthly meeting. For information on our meetings, please send a brief introduction of your family and what you are looking for in a support group to EastCountyHomeschoolers-owner@yahoogroups.com . Thank you for your interest in our group.
Requirements: Regular attendance to monthly meetings
Benefits: Newsletters, Planned Field Trips, organized classes, etc
Cost: None
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ENOCH
Pam Wagner
pwagner13@verizon.net
Geographic Area Serving: Charlotte & Sarasota Counties, Florida
Description: Educational Network of Christian Homeschoolers-ENOCH is a diverse group of families with equally diverse educational philosophies. Each family makes their own decisions regarding curriculum and compliance with county and state laws. ENOCH was formed with the conviction that the primary responsibility for the education of children rests with their parents/guardians. We are a inclusive homeschool support group, non-registered, not-for-profit association with a decidedly Christian emphasis serving Florida homeschool families in Charlotte and Sarasota counties.
Requirements: Registration Form and Membership Fee, Park days are free and open to all!
Benefits: ENOCH offers many activities and events throughout the school year for the whole family. Taking part in these special programs is a great opportunity for every member of the homeschool family to learn something new, fellowship with other homeschool families, and have a great time! Some of the activities and events offered include: Weekly Park Days, Weekly Phys. Ed. Day, Monthly Parent Education Meeting (PEM), Christmas Party, Awards Night, Field Trips, Fine and Performing Arts Night, Science Fair, Inventors Day, And many more! FPEA memberships available through the group. Please contact us to find out when and where our next Parent Enrichment Meeting will take place - visit the meeting and see what the benefits are for your family!
Cost: None
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Families Instructing Students At Home (FISH)
Suzanne Nunn
Shnunn@yahoo.com
813-494-6484
Geographic Area Serving: Tampa Bay/Brandon, FL
Description: Faith-based Homeschool Support group. A ministry of Bell Shoals Baptist Church
Requirements: Paperwork submitted, fee paid, signed statement of faith
Benefits: Many great family events, co-op, STEM puritan, excellent sports teams, annual Homeschool conference, field trips, etc
Cost: $60
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Fellowship of Christian Teaching Homes (FCTH)
Geographic Area Serving: Bay County, FL
Description: Our purpose is to support families in their quest for a Christ-centered homeschool experience. We provide our members with various family events, group field trips, a weekly co-op of classes, high-school senior graduation, yearly promotion ceremony, and a monthly mom's night of encouragement. We also maintain a closed Facebook page for group discussions. "Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established. By knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches." ~Proverbs 24:3-4
Requirements: Memberships are required to be renewed every year. Members are required to sign a Statement of Faith and Field Trip Policy form.
Benefits: Support and activities
Cost: $10 yearly
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Florida Homeschool Evaluations
Chavivah
chavivah@yahoo.com
Geographic Area Serving: State of Florida
Description: This group is for discussing Florida homeschool (home education) evaluations, portfolio evaluations, and various related aspects of homeschooling in Florida.If you are looking for an evaluator, have questions about the evaluation process and what to expect, have questions about what is and is not required by law, are concerned about the portfolio and log that the law requires, or are a teacher interested in doing portfolio evaluations for homeschoolers, etc. welcome to our group. The group is open to those currently homeschooling and those contemplating homeschooling.There is no fee, no cost, to join this group. If you join our group, please take a look at our archives, files and links sections for more information. And feel free to post your questions or comments to the group as long as they are related (directly or indirectly) to homeschooling evaluations or homeschooling.
Requirements: None
Benefits: An online group that discusses the annual evaluation and portfolio requirements for those who are homeschooling in Florida. We offer links to state laws and other sites of use to Florida homeschoolers, help in finding evaluators, answers to a variety of questions about homeschooling in Florida.
Cost: None
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Florida Pre Teen/Teen Homeschoolers
Edia
nyb1@excite.com
Geographic Area Serving: Central Florida
Description: This group is for pre-teen and teen homeschooling families age 11 and up living in Central Florida/Orlando. If you have younger children as well, you may join however, only your children that are 11 & up can participate. All activities, discussions, field trips, etc. will be geared toward this age group.
Requirements: The only requirement is that your homeschooling child/ren must be at least 11 for the child & family to join & participate in group activities.
Benefits: We are a very busy group with many field trips, activities, classes, parties & events planned. We also provide many homeschooling resources, discussions & friendly, helpful advice.
Cost: None
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Florida-homeschool
Carol Wickwire
nonnawick@cfl.rr.com
321-216-6646
Geographic Area Serving: State of Florida
Description: God's World is our classroom! This is a Christian homeschooling email-only support list for Floridians, where parents can discuss exciting and unique ways to homeschool their kids. Come meet other homeschoolers within the state of Florida, and share how you homeschool, ways to motivate kids to learn, what has worked for your family, and what has not! This is a place you can come to share great books, great ideas, and great moments. We have many small offshoot groups forming around the state. Whether you are interested in home schooling, relaxed home schooling, or unschooling, pop in and ask some questions! We all do things differently, but we have similar goals: kids who love learning. This List is geared towards Christians, but ALL are welcome! Pour a cup of coffee and join in our chat!
Requirements: This is a Christian group, and though we do not require members to adhere to a particular set of beliefs, we do expect all members to respect Christian beliefs and the members who subscribe to them.
Benefits: Florida-homeschool is a free, come-and-go as you like email support group. Please come join us and take advantage of the hundreds of years of homeschooling experience available through our membership! This is a great place to discover other homeschoolers in your area, exchange ideas, or hear about special book sales, homeschool fairs, and classes for homeschoolers.
Cost: None
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FLVS Co-op and support groups
Sheila Mary
westjaxvirtualhomeschoolcoop@gmail.com
904-551-0771
Geographic Area Serving: Westside of Jacksonville, Fl
Description: This is a group for parents of children who do not attend a regular physical school. You are welcome, either you follow an organized online virtual school curriculum or you are a free thinker who builds your own curriculum. We do not discriminate. We offer co-op support to working parents who are interested in Home or virtual/homeschool school options for their children but do not have enough free time to successfully do it on their own.
Requirements: For our children’s safety, we require 3 reference letters and a criminal background check for each parent offering or in need of co-op. Availability to reciprocate co-op services at least 2-3 days per week.
Benefits: Daily supervision from other parents on your working days. Weekly Park/Play Times. Weekly planned activities like natural gardening, sports, music, and other skills learning. Career-goal orientation for Middle and High School age children. Monthly Field trips. Networking, supervised parties and pay pal activities for Middle School and High School age children.
Cost: None
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Growing Great Moms and Minds
Carmen Burnett
727-514-1475
Geographic Area Serving: Serving Pasco, Hernando, and Pinellas counties.
Description: Growing Great Moms & Minds is a Christian support group for stay at home moms, work at home moms, & home schooling families serving Pasco, Pinellas, and Hernando counties. We have a Co-Op on Thursdays at King of Kings Lutheran Church. We are like family here at GGM. Our abundant activities offered are "fun" in nature, but also educational. Healthy relationships are always encouraged. Whether it's a mom's night out, park and play day, workshop, field trip, community service event, or family outing, there is something for everyone. GGM Support meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month from August-May. Come "grow" with us!
Requirements: If you are considering membership with us, please know we are unapologetically a Christian group that adheres to biblical principles.
Benefits: The benefits of our group are too numerous to state! If you are looking for fellowship, fun, education, and friendship, for yourself and precious children, prayerfully consider joining us, we'd love to have you.
Cost: $35/semester + class fees
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Gulf Coast Christian Home Educator's Assoc.
GCCHEA President
GCCHEAPres@gmail.com
850-629-9474
Geographic Area Serving: Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton Counties in Florida
Description: GCCHEA, a Christian homeschool group, is one of the largest homeschool groups in the area. We usually have 150+ member families, from a large area which includes: Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton Counties, as well as many military families living on the local military bases of Eglin, Hulbert, and Duke Field. As a Co-operative, GCCHEA is run by member volunteers. In order to facilitate a close-knit community of homeschoolers over such a large area, we have families grouped together by location and/or by similar interests, and leaders who coordinate events in the local areas. Members are always welcome to join multiple groups!
Requirements: We are a Christian Group. New members need to fill out a short online form, and mail in payment for the dues to the address listed on the form.
Benefits: GCCHEA, is a very active group and usually hosts 4-5 Big Events per year, as well as various other local group activities such as field trips, but there are many other events as well. We usually have something for everyone!
Cost: $20 yearly
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H.O.M.E - Homeschoolers of Miami Enrichment
Jannet
rushi2@hotmail.com
786-597-7435
Dee Dee
mdess@comcast.net
305-298-4673
Geographic Area Serving: Miami Shores, Miami Beach, North Miami, North Miami Beach, Surfside, Florida
Description: We meet once weekly on Tuesdays from Sept to Nov and from January to March in the Miami Beach Area. We offer classes from 9:30 am ranging from math, Legos, writing, piano, science, violin, and art.
Requirements: We require a $60 semester registration fee. We also require the parent to volunteer one hour weekly.
Benefits: We are a FPEA-recognized support group. Members receive e-newsletters, FPEA membership (optional and extra).
Cost: Depends on the enrichment class
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HCECF-Homeschool Co-op Educating in Central Florida
Denny
hcecf.membership@gmail.com
407-884-7862
Geographic Area Serving: Apopka (home base), but group covers Orange, Seminole and Lake Counties, Florida
Description: Homeschool Cooperative Educating in Central Florida, HCECF, is an inclusive and eclectic group of home-educating families in the greater Orlando area (basically Orange county, Seminole county and Lake County) working together since 2001 for weekly co-ops, science and history classes, book clubs, fun educational fieldtrips, homeschool faires, BRICKschoolers LEGO® and robotics programs, STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) - IT (internet technology) related programs, SECME teams, Science Olympiad team, Odyssey of the Mind team, PE and sports days including Presidential Fitness Testing, annual drum building campouts and H.E.A.R.T.S. homeschool community service volunteers program including administration of Volunteer Service Awards and many more educational and social opportunities! HCECF is a cooperative with all members contributing to the groups success. HCECF is truly inclusive and eclectic and as such welcome and value participation from people of different faiths, religions, lack of same, races, ethnicities, family composition, sexual orientation, diets, vaccination status, abilities or disabilities, curriculum choices, learning styles and home education styles. HCECF firmly believes everyone picks the right path for themselves and their family. Member of the International Inclusive Homeschool Directory.
Requirements: None
Benefits: HCECF offers discounted FPEA memberships, discounted student Edventures membership, yearbooks, membership cards, faires, campouts, a FULL calendar of homeschool activities and numerous other homeschooling and parenting resources which are available in our members only yahoo group discussion forum (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HCECF/) for a diverse age group while maintaining and supporting the individual valuable educational choices each family has made.
Cost: $24 yearly/family
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HEAR (Home Educators At Riverbend)
Deirdre Registrato
deirdrereg@netscape.com
386-274-4849
Geographic Area Serving: Ormond Beach, Florida
Description: HEAR exists to glorify God by edifying fellow believers, who have prayerfully chosen to home educate, with wholesome activities, biblical fellowship, and meaningful information - all within a Christ-centered environment with God’s Word as the authority.
Requirements: There is a complete belief statement and list of guidelines available that you can review before joining.
Benefits: Your membership includes: a membership card, monthly newsletters, full access to all HEAR events, exclusive access to our Online Group, discounted fee for our Annual Book & Curriculum Sale, automatic enrollment in Pizza Hut Book-It (for K-6th students enrolling in Aug/Sept), and free admission to our annual end of the year Recognition Celebration.
Cost: $25 yearly
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HEARTS
Mary Patch
latorsoft@yahoo.com
954-261-2105
Geographic Area Serving: South Broward and Fort Lauderdale Area
Description: Christian Home schooling parent support group.
Requirements: Must agree with statement of faith.
Benefits: Meetings for parents to fellowship. Member led co -op, Field Trips,Annual picnic, Thanksgiving luncheon, Christmas caroling, Valentine's day and Easter party. Mother's day luncheon... Science Fair, Spelling Bee, Math and Lego event, Geography event, End of year displays, Graduation/Promotion ceremony. All our educational events are free to members.
Cost: Membership Fee $45; Volunteer discount
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Home Education Resources & Information, Inc
Geographic Area Serving: Duval, Nassau, Clay, Baker, and St. John, NE Florida
Description: H.E.R.I.'s purpose: H.E.R.I. is a non-profit corporation organized for educational purposes to assist home educators and to promote the welfare of children in home, school and community. H.E.R.I. does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or national or ethnic origin. We are volunteer organization that operates under Christian principles and we reserve the right to pray before, during, and after any and all activities/meetings, in the name of Jesus Christ the Only Unique Son of Jehovah, God.
Requirements: We encourage our members to participate in any of the volunteer opportunities that we host throughout the year at a minimum of 2 hr/year.
Benefits: H.E.R.I. membership includes bi-monthly newsletter. We discount group testing for our members, a used book sale, discounted admission to our curriculum convention, presentation night, and discounted rates to various graduation activities. We also have a lending library our members can check out curriculum for the school year.
Cost: $25 yearly
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Homeschool Educator
Gina Ann
mommy25onlytg@aol.com
727-484-2073
Geographic Area Serving: Holiday, Pasco county, Pinellas County
Description: We are a group of Home school parents and students who love to homeschool, although we are serious about education. Group leader and founder is a certified teacher. We take field trips, meet once a month at least, and more if needed or for activities. We attend the FEA conference.
Requirements: Small fee for group and seperate fee for FPEA membership/Homeschool Legal Defense Association
Benefits: Meet others interested in Homeschool and learning at home, activities, classes, sports, arts, support.
Cost: $10 membership: $35-$70 Evaluation
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Homeschool Happenings In Florida
Rebecca Miller
millerhomeschool@msn.com
727-992-6625
Geographic Area Serving: All of Florida
Description: This group is open to all homeschooling families in Florida to share activitites, events, co-ops, associations, organizations and support groups with other homeschoolers. We're a member-led group that depends on the participation of members to share information. This is not a "chat" group, but a calendar/bulletin board group.
Requirements: Our requirement is that the activities/events posted are to be (family) homeschooling related opportunities. Members can be homeschoolers or those thinking of homeschooling: those thinking of homeschooling in Florida, those moving to Florida (and already homeschooling), and those already living in Florida.
Benefits: We have members that own businesses that provide services to the homeschooling community (such as cooking classes, art classes, etc.) at discounted rates for groups; support groups leaders; and members that are shariing activities/events from their own local support groups or co-ops. Members may be looking for local support groups to join. When joining this group, members receive a lot of email at their joining that provides information on homeschooling laws, where to buy curriculum, testing information, suggested support groups to join, suggested homeschool reading, etc.
Cost: None
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Homeschoolers by the Sea
info@homeschoolersbythesea.com
904-794-9420
Geographic Area Serving: St. Augustine and surrounding areas
Description: We are a parent support group and co-op.
Requirements: Annual dues and service commitment
Benefits: Christian based group, co-operative learning opportunities, moms' nights out, speakers, recognition night, field trips, great friends, community service, annual trolley train ride through downtown's Night of Lights, used curriculum sale, etc.
Cost: $25 + co-op fees
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Homeschooling Is Solid (H.I.S.)
Kimberly Harvey
toriandrachelsmom@yahoo.com
813-977-2592
Geographic Area Serving: Tampa, Florida
Description: Christian support group. Not a pricey co-op. Meets once a month on Fridays from 10am-1pm at leader's home near Busch Gardens/USF area. Newly formed group. Currently 6 moms and 12 kids ranging in ages from 3 to 13. Boys and girls.
Requirements: Must sign statement of faith upon membership. No cost to join, but very little costs may occur such as field trips and craft supplies. Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to help plan activities and field trips
Benefits: We provide support, encouragement, and friendship. Monthly newsletter, yahoo group site to stay informed of group's events. Park days, games, crafts, local, inexpensive or free field trips, discounted membership to FPEA, Mom's night out, and end of the year curriculum swap/sale. All ages welcome!
Cost: None
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HOP - Homeschoolers of Pinellas
Kim Sichterman
lovetoskip@mail.com
727-249-3168
Geographic Area Serving: Dunedin/Pinellas County, Florida
Description: Non-religious homeschooling support group offering co-op classes, field trips, parties, curriculum sales and support for the whole family. Over 250 families in the group.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Too many to list!
Cost: None
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HOPE - Homeeducation Organization Providing Encouragement
Nancy Robbins
hopeforfamilies@bellsouth.net
954-753-5058
Geographic Area Serving: Coconut Creek, Florida
Description: We are a Christian group of homeschooling parents coming together to support one another in this journey. If you would like to join our group and become a part of this wonderful community we would love to have you attend our meeting and get to know us!
Requirements: At this time we are not implementing any requirements other than that parents whom decide to join are to be home schoolers or offering their services to the homeschooling community.
Benefits: We are a fully functioning support group with some incredibly talented people offering their expertise! We offer a yearbook, a monthly newsletter, email support system, website, field trips, and a host of opportunities that each individual members offers to the membership at large.
Cost: None
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LEGO - Homeschool Florida
Denny
hcecf.lego@gmail.com
Geographic Area Serving: State of Florida
Description: This list was started because we often get folks from out of our area looking for homeschool Lego teams. It's also nice to know which other teams at various competitions are made up of homeschoolers! This is a networking group for Florida Home Educators to learn about the various Lego programs available and how to use them in a homeschooling environment. LEGO - Homeschool Florida is also a place for teams searching for members and members searching for teams to meet up with to connect with each other. Be sure to include your location or homeschool group in your posts! "LEGO-Homeschool Florida" is a virtual group only! It's a service to share information and allow folks to find people in their area! This group does not have face to face meetings. Please keep this list ON-TOPIC! This is not a general homeschool list. Some appropriate topics would include: Using Legos in your homeschooling curriculum Forming/Joining a team Junior FIRST LEGO League FIRST LEGO League EARLY Robotics BOT Ball Related subjects that are considered ON-Topic VEX Robotics, FIRST Robotics
Requirements: Homeschooling in Florida and interested in lego and robotics competitions
Benefits: Networking of other homeschoolers with similar interests
Cost: None
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LIFE of Florida
Terri
willinghamster@gmail.com
Geographic Area Serving: State of Florida
Description: LIFE of Florida is a statewide homeschool support and networking group. LIFE (Learning Is For Everyone) welcomes everyone of all races, ethnicities, religions, family compositions, sexual orientations, learning and life styles, abilities and disabilities, and asks only that rules of civility, kindness and compassion be honored by all, for all.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Ability to connect with other home educators around the state and to find a wealth of great resources to maximize your home learning efforts
Cost: None
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LIGHT - Leaders In Godly Home Training
Shelly Mcknight
mcknightfamily@bellsouth.net
786-305-491-8869
Mylinda Drury
buggycru@bellsouth.net
305-305-378-2483
Geographic Area Serving: Miami-Dade County
Description: Leaders In Godly Home Training (LIGHT) was established in 2005 by a group of 5 homeschool families whose desire was to promote a Christ-centered support group for home educators. Today, we have over 100 families with about 300 children (and counting!). The goals of the group include: * First and foremost, glorifying God and pursuing Godly character (Psalms 86:12, Phil. 4:8, Col. 3:23); * Promoting Christ-centered activities and fellowship for parents and children; * Promoting positive socialization opportunities for our children through field trips and seasonal activities; * Providing our member families with relevant information on home schooling and related issues; * Providing ministry opportunities to help develop servants' hearts in our students.
Requirements: None
Benefits: LIGHT is a volunteer-run ministry organization where no board member or executive committee member receives compensation for serving in any volunteer capacity. Through the involvement and effort of all of its member families, LIGHT can provide encouragement and resources for families, assist new homeschoolers, and provide social interaction with other parents and children with similar concerns and educational goals.
Cost: See Fees on Website
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Lower Keys Unschoolers
Nicola
nicofinn@yahoo.com
305-745-3759
Geographic Area Serving: Lower Florida Keys, Monroe County, Florida
Description: Lower Keys unschoolers is a list for homeschoolers in the Lower Florida Keys to chat, find support, meet others and for those looking for information about homeschooling.The group is also a contact source for dates, events, field trips and meetings. This is an inclusive list and is made up for unschoolers, eclectic and relaxed homeschoolers.I want everyone to feel welcome on this list and to have fun, find friends and support. This is not a debate board on how to homeschool or unschool, so please be respectful.
Requirements: See above.
Benefits: See above.
Cost: None
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Mandarin Christian Homeschoolers
Barbie
info@mchjax.com
Geographic Area Serving: Jacksonville, FL
Description: Support group of 150+ families meeting in the Mandarin area of Jacksonville, FL for park days, field trips, and other social activities. Membership includes full access to our website. We also sponsor a Friday co-op with a separate and limited membership.
Requirements: Open to all area homeschoolers.
Benefits: Activities and support
Cost: $10.50
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Miami-Dade County Homeschool Support Group
Grace C. Rodriguez
MDCHomeschoolSupportGroup@gmail.com
305-525-5525
Geographic Area Serving: Entire Miami Dade County Area
Description: We make it FUN for both Parents and Students. Offering: FUN Adventures for kids (( ALL AGES )) Park Days Field Trips ( Kids & Adults ) Discounts on Group Admitions
Requirements: None
Benefits: LOTS OF FUN ACTIVITIES FOR: ADULTS & CHILDREN Testing and Workshops available
Cost: $20 Membership
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Mid-Florida Homeschoolers (MFH)
Anita
AnitaW@cfl.rr.com
Kenya
kenyar@cfl.rr.com
Geographic Area Serving: Central Florida
Description: Founded in 2001, MFH is a support group for families of homeschooled children in the Central Florida area. MFH is an inclusive group with over 150 members. Most of our activities are targeted to children ages 4-13, but all are welcome.
Requirements: MFH accepts all residents who currently homeschool, or are considering homeschooling, regardless of religious persuasion or beliefs.
Benefits: MFH offers discounted FPEA memberships, discounted Enchanted Learning memberships, discounted music and theater classes, yearbooks, membership cards, geography and science fairs, a large variety of co-ops offered, weekly park dates, field trips and a yahoo group discussion list.
Cost: None
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NearHim Home Educators
Geographic Area Serving: Seminole and Orange Counties, Florida
Description: We are a group of about 75 families which is based in Longwood, FL. However, our members come from Seminole, Orange and Lake Counties. Monthly parent meetings are held once a month. Activities are organized for all ages.
Requirements: Our group does have a basic Statement of Faith which all members are expected to agree with. It can be found on our website.
Benefits: Our support group offers field trips, events like History and Science Fairs, classes, Parent Meetings, Bible Study and other activities.
Cost: $35 yearly (optional: additional $30 for FPEA membership)
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North Florida Homeschool Support Group
homeschoolingfl@gmail.com
Geographic Area Serving: Gadsden, Leon, Wakulla, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor, Hamilton, Suwannee, Lafayette, Dixie, Columbia, Union, Bradford, Gilchrist, Alachua, and Levy Counties of Florida
Description: North Florida Homeschool, a new group of homeschooling parents in North Central, Florida, offers friendship; support and encouragement; announcements of events and opportunities of interest to homeschoolers; and buying and selling of curricula.
Requirements: We welcome all homeschoolers from our geographic area regardless of other affiliations.
Benefits: Friendship, support, and encouragement
Cost: None
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Orlando Area Unschoolers
Jan Zeiger
jan@janzeiger.com
Geographic Area Serving: Central Florida
Description: Are you unschooling in the Orlando area?? If so, then this is the group for you!! :) I started this group because I was hoping to connect with other unschooling families in our area. I'd like for my children to have opportunities to meet other unschooled kids their age.
Requirements: Each parent is asked to plan one event a year. Not all events need to be major. An event could be as simple as meeting at a local park or a planned group trip to Kennedy Space Center. The goal is just to keep the group active without having one person be in charge of updating the calendar.
Benefits: Group outings, family potlucks, camping (eventually), Mom's Nights Out
Cost: None
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Orlando Home Educators
Paula Collins
pcollins002@cfl.rr.com
407-687-0510
Geographic Area Serving: Greater Orlando Area, Florida
Description: Orlando Home Educators meets & plans group activities in the Greater Orlando area. Although older siblings are always welcome, most of our children are elementary age & younger, and thus so is the focus of our activities. We look forward to these children growing up together, a stable group of friends who can share their memories of youth. OHEd offers educational opportunities such as bi-monthly fieldtrips, a monthly book club, Lego Club and other co-ops; as well as social opportunities that include park days, beach nights, theme park visits and holiday parties. We also enjoy cultural events such as theatre productions, concerts,and museum visits. Other annual events include: Field Day/family picnic, Project Fair and Geography Fair. We capture our experiences and accomplishments (both shared and individual) in an annual yearbook, and celebrate with a year-end, yearbook-signing party.
Requirements: Plan one to two events per year.
Benefits: Discounted memberships to FPEA are available through OHEd, but are not required for membership. Take advantage of group discounts to many places/events through OHEd.
Cost: $10 yearly
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Orlando Home Educators
Carmen Schulting
carmen@cfl.rr.com
407-859-9518
Geographic Area Serving:
Greater Orlando Area
Description: OHED is an active Christian, family oriented group whose desire is to serve the Lord Jesus Christ, while teaching our children at home. Also, we believe that our children are gifts from God. As parents, we are fully responsible for their education, instilling Godly character and training our children to love God with all their heart. We offer various activities for students of all ages, such as field trips, a published yearbook, 4H membership, FPEA membership, holiday celebrations, Christmas celebration, end of the school year celebration, Geography Fair, Science Fair, community service events and more. We are pleased that members see OHED as their extended homeschooling community, desire to develop friendships with other families and support each other in the process of home schooling. The events and activities that you, as members, choose to organize, facilitate, and assist in are what enrich the overall home education experience for our families. Many hands make light work and we pray this format will accomplish our goals for this group. We hope that you will consider joining us! May God guide and bless your home schooling endeavors.
Requirements:
Our membership requirements are as follows: • Must come to two group events before commit to the group • Must complete an application • ALL members must volunteer to lead at least one activity per school year. (i.e. set-up one field trip, coordinate one holiday event, lead a craft at holiday event, lead a game at event etc.) • Members must be active participants. We encourage members to support other hosts by committing to scheduled events and attending events that suit their homeschooling needs. • Members must treat other members (adults and children) with the utmost respect at all times
Benefits: Discounted memberships to FPEA are available through OHEd, but are not required for membership. Take advantage of group discounts to many places/events through OHEd.
Cost: None
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Orlando Liberal Homeschoolers
Nina
ndoyle@cfl.rr.com
407-297-0668
Heather
code7r@gmail.com
407-230-3415
Geographic Area Serving: Greater Orlando Area, Florida
Description: This is a secular homeschool support group for families with liberal political values; we believe in equality for all, regardless of race, gender, religion or sexual orientation. If you have had difficulty finding a homeschool support group that would accept you the way you are because you can't honestly comply with their "statement of faith" requirements, we can offer your children the opportunities to fulfill their social needs in a diverse group that accepts them as they are.
Requirements: An open mind and an accepting, friendly attitude
Benefits: We currently offer park playdates, field trips and share our individual knowledge to help resolve any educational difficulties our families may encounter. Additional activities may develop, depending on the participation level of group members. We are an evolving group.
Cost: None
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PACT - Pre-Adolescents Connecting Together
Karen Folino
Karen@pacthomeschool.com
1-561-316-PACT
Geographic Area Serving: Palm Beach County
Description: PACT, Pre-Adolescents Connecting Together is a new generation of homeschool support. Has your child outgrown many of the typical activities like park day or arts and crafts? Are you struggling to find age-appropriate activities and like-minded children for friendships? We understand! PACT will help you build friendships, encourage volunteerism and have fun during our many educational activities. You are more than a number to PACT; you are a valuable participant. PACT encourages field trips, mom’s night out, volunteer opportunities, encouragement, used book sales, socialization, and never ending activity opportunities for our members. If you have Judeo Christian beliefs and a child 9yrs and up, please join us as “Many Hands Make Light Work.”
Requirements: To be a member of PACT you must plan at least one field trip a year and pay a small membership fee, you may join PACT for only 12.00 a year, if you want to included an FPEA membership (20.00) it will be $32.00 per year, for our membership you receive a fantastic field trips, many activities and incredible fellowship.
Benefits: We plan an incredible amount of field trips including meeting an astronaut, behind the scene tours of the Sheriffs canine unit training, special discounts. We have a yearbook, special events from field day to curriculum sales, moms day or nights out, special speakers, and the fellowship of like-minded homeschoolers who want more than a typical arts and craft day or boring group meeting. PACT is a very active support group! Hope to see you there.
Cost: $12 W/FPEA; $32.00 yearly
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Palm Beach County Homeschoolers Inc
Cheryl
chavivah@yahoo.com
561-798-3842
Geographic Area Serving: Palm Beach County
Description: PBC Homeschoolers, Inc. is an inclusive volunteer-run homeschool support group open to local Palm Beach County, Florida homeschoolers regardless of beliefs, ethnicity, or homeschooling style. Our focus is on homeschooling with an aim to provide friendly support with social and educational opportunities for all. PBCH is an incorporated, not-for-profit group, affiliated with LIFE of FL.
Requirements: To join, potential members must attend one of our twice-monthly park dates and fill out a form and pay a minimal membership fee (currently $10 per school year).
Benefits: In addition to our regular park dates, we host a variety of clubs and activities for homeschooled kids of all ages. We regularly host events such as Science Day, World Day, mock trial, field day, carnival day, Talent Show, field trips, a variety of clubs and classes, and more. We have a variety of social and academic opportunities for the children, and networking and information for parents. Members get membership cards for discounts at some local stores.
Cost: $10 per school year
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Parents ETC (Educating on the Treasure Coast)
parentsetc@gmail.com
772-336-5761
Geographic Area Serving: Treasure Coast area of FL, from Ft. Pierce to Palm City
Description: Parents ETC is a non-sectarian homeschool support group. We offer parent support group meetings, academic events, co-op classes for all ages, field trips, park days, and more!
Requirements: We are not a religiously-based group. To participate in Parents ETC events, you must become a member and pay yearly dues. Information about becoming a member can be found on our website.
Benefits: Parents ETC believes that homeschooling is a journey. Walking this journey together provides support and encouragement, and furthers our children academically.
Cost: $30 yearly
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Rebecca Miller
millerhomeschool@msn.com
727-992-6625
Geographic Area Serving: Pasco County, Florida - See Yahoogroup for all locations
Description: Our friendly online community is here to help you with your homeschooling journey. Homeschooling can be fun and successful with your online buddies cheering you on and supporting your best effort to educate your children in whatever manner you feel suits your needs. Ask questions and share ideas. Connect with other Pasco, Florida, homeschoolers. Take part in fun and lively discussions while making new friends with diverse people from all philosophies and levels of homeschooling experience. We welcome anyone with an interest in homeschooling. Our discussion list is an all-inclusive online community, which means we respect your choice of religion or none at all, and was established to discuss all issues of homeschooling. This group also has meet-up activities.
Requirements: Homeschooling family (or inquiring about homeschooling) in Pasco County, Florida.
Benefits: Meet other homeschooling families in the county and find activities and homeschooling support.
Cost: None
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PATH Salvadore Park Group
Cybele
cybelebotran@hotmail.com
Geographic Area Serving: Miami-Dade County, Coral Gables, Florida
Description: We are an inclusive support group in the South Miami/Coral Gables Area. P.A.T.H. currently offers 2 park groups, one in Coral Gables and one in Pinecrest. We are located in Coral Gables and meet every Thursday from 2-4 pm at Salvadore Park. Please come visit. There is NO FEE to come hang out and visit with us! We welcome ALL homeschool families.
Requirements: The Parents' Association for Teaching at Home is a support group for families who have decided to educate their children at home in south Miami-Dade County, Florida. The main functions of P.A.T.H. are the promotion of homeschooling and the support of our member families in matters related to homeschooling. Our goal is to inform, encourage and motivate one another in our endeavor to homeschool. P.A.T.H. is a not-for-profit organization that is run by volunteers. Member families are encouraged to bring their own beliefs and unique qualities to P.A.T.H. We come together in P.A.T.H. in an atmosphere of respect, kindness and the pursuit of a common goal - the education of our children at home. All homeschoolers are welcome to join P.A.T.H. All homeschoolers in Miami-Dade County are welcome to join P.A.T.H., regardless of creed, curriculum, or grade level. If your family is in need of homeschool support or if you are concerned with your child's socialization; we invite you to visit our Membership Page to get to know more about our group and the different opportunities we offer to the homeschool community in Miami-Dade County.
Benefits: Family based support system for your Homeschooling program Group organized activities, Weekly park group meetings, FPEA membership, Notification of Homeschool based activities in our area, Year round FUN for your family.
Cost: None for Park Group/$50 yearly for P.A.T.H.
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PBC Homeschoolers, Inc.
Cheryl Trzasko
chavivah@yahoo.com
561-798-3842
Geographic Area Serving: Palm Beach County, Florida
Description: PBC Homeschoolers, Inc. is an inclusive, volunteer-run homeschool support group open to all Palm Beach County, Florida homeschoolers regardless of beliefs, ethnicity, or homeschooling style. Our focus is on homeschooling with an aim to provide friendly support with social and educational opportunities for all.
Requirements: To join, potential members are required to meet at us one of our park days (or other function), pay our membership dues (currently $10 per school year) and fill out a membership form.
Benefits: Membership provides access to the members' only areas of our website, including the group calendar and discussion pages, as well as the opportunity to join us in many of our ongoing activities, field trips, special events, etc. Members also receive a membership card.
Cost: $10 yearly
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ROOTS: Clermont Homeschool Co-op ( 4 and 5 yr olds)
Melinda Ojeda
Designingflorals@yahoo.com
407-285-1609
Geographic Area Serving: CLERMONT, MINNEOLA, GROVELAND (SouthLake County)
Description: Christian homeschool group. Education and values with a purpose. Co-op meets every Wednesday, from 9:00 am - 11:30 am. Co-op Class includes: themed lessons (writing, numbers, sound, memory, reading) hands on crafts, circle time, game/recreation, and healthy snack time.Email me to receive our handbook and application.
Requirements: Parents share lesson plans on a rotation basis. Child must be age 4 by April 2012 or age 5 by April 2013.
Benefits: Support, Fellowship, field trips, parties, shared resources and more
Cost: $45 yearly
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SHARE Homeschool Support Group
Debbie Dykes
sharebradenton@cs.com
941-751-4501 after 3
Geographic Area Serving: Bradenton, Sarasota, Florida
Description: S.H.A.R.E. [Support Homeschool Activities Reaching Everyone] An organization for support educational fieldtrips and socialization of homeschool students and their families. We uphold Christian morals and values. We are open to ALL homeschool families regardless of covering, reason for homeschooling, and religious or political affiliations. Emphasis is on group activities with respect, compassion, and tolerance toward others.Over 550 families involved in Manatee, Sarasota and adjacent counties.
Requirements: SHARE focuses on field trips, excursions, activities ... We do not have "parent" meetings.
Benefits: We have many field trips, plus monthly roller skating for very inexpensive family rate. SHARE also announces various classes, including tennis, art, p.e., sports, etc.
Cost: None
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South Lake Home Educators
South Lake Home Educators Leader
SLHEinfo@aol.com
Geographic Area Serving: Clermont/Groveland/Four Corners, Florida
Description: We are primarily a support group that provides social experiences for you and your child. We have activities for Pre-K-12th grade. Our group has over 80 families and is growing larger every year.
Requirements: All members are required to sign a Code of Conduct and plan one event per year.
Benefits: We provide a monthly newsletter, an average of 2 field trips per month, park days, planned activities, bowling, International day, end of the year Awards Night, and a yearbook.
Cost: $45 yearly
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Southwest Florida Homeschooling Families
Lynda
hslynda1@yahoo.com
Geographic Area Serving: A volunteer-based homeschooling support group serving the area of Southwest Florida, including Collier and Lee Counties.
Description: We welcome all homeschooling families, regardless of religious beliefs, educational philosophy, or curriculum method. We have founded this group in the hopes that homeschooling families in SW Florida will feel welcome and encouraged by our support. We are not a leadership-based group run by rigid bylaws. We are all volunteers. We believe this system will enable members to concentrate more fully on their families and give attention to the important matters of homeschooling rather than the politics of a group. We will meet for field trips and association to help support and encourage one another and our children.
Requirements: Our membership policy requires that a prospective member be known by someone who is already a member OR the prospective member attend a function OR the prospective member speaks with the membership coordinator by phone or in a face-to-face meeting.
Benefits: We also offer discounted FPEA membership to our members for $20. This makes us an FPEA-recognized support group. Membership in FPEA is not required to be a member of SWFL-HSF. To see the benefits of being an FPEA member, go to www.fpea.com
Cost: $7 yearly/family
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Tampa Bilingual/Multilingual Homeschoolers
Marion Haase
mzcnatural@gmail.com
713-408-0597
Geographic Area Serving: Tampa, FL and surrounding areas
Description: This group is intended for those homeschooling children of all ages in a bilingual (or multilingual) environment. All languages welcome.
Requirements: Homeschooled families (or other alternative schooling) emphasizing bilingualism/multilingualism.
Benefits: Here we can swap bilingual/multilingual life/learning ideas, create multilingual events, and create co-ops that will facilitate bilingualism/multilingualism in our families.
Cost: Varies by event/co-op
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The Examined Life
Toni Deveson
toni@theexaminedlife.org
Geographic Area Serving: Miami, Florida
Description: We are a secular home school support group in Miami, Florida. Our roots are liberal and we teach evolution and rigorous scientific inquiry. We welcome families of all races, lifestyles, sexual orientations and philosophies. We meet once a week.
Requirements: Our only requirement is that you teach a science-based curriculum.
Benefits: We have a wonderful enrichment co-op, we go on field-trips, meet regularly at park and enjoy a monthly Girl's Night Out for the moms. We also have a chess club, an astronomy club and a vegetable gardening club.
Cost: None
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THINK
Geographic Area Serving: Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, and Hernando counties
Description: THINK is a secular, all-inclusive group offering classes (for ages 4 and up) on Mondays and field trips and teen/tween events on other days. We are an allergy-sensitive group.
Requirements: Annual membership fee. Semester fee if taking THINK day classes.
Benefits: FPEA discount
Cost: $20 annual membership fee
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Titus 2 Homeschoolers
Mike and Juli Stewart
Titus2HomeschoolersNewsletter@gmail.com
Geographic Area Serving: Alachua and surrounding counties
Description: Support group of Christian families with a weekly e-mail newsletter of area events, meetings, and opportunities surrounding Alachua County. Members are encouraged to coordinate with other homeschoolers in the posted activities (field trips, park days, etc, and other various social fellowships and service projects)and to contribute to listing activities in the newsletter. You may join F.P.E.A. through us, also.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Connecting homeschooling families
Cost: Free weekly e-mail newsletter to any homeschooling family. F.P.E.A. has a membership fee.
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Treasures Homeschool Group
Gayle Atwood
atwoodhomes@yahoo.com
850-638-3655
Geographic Area Serving:
Description: We are a Christian based group with prayers and devotionals at every meeting. We meet once per month, during which we discuss upcoming field trips or events, fellowship with one another while our children socialize with one another. We usually have at least one field trip or event each month during the regular school year. We also have a 4-h club which meets before the homeschool meeting. The 4-H club also has field trips and events, and hosts an educational fair during the school year on a previously chosen subject. The students who enter this fair do projects that correspond to that subject and are judged and can receive trophies. Our students, (when possible) also participate in the spelling bees with the public school and take part in the Tropicana Speech Competiton each year.
Requirements: Our only requirement is to behave in a Christian manner at our functions, and to be kind to all who are present at these functions.
Benefits: The benefits of being a part of this group are many, such as meeting new people, finding wonderful friends for yourself and your students. You always have someone you can call, email, or talk face to face with when you have a problem or question.
Cost: None
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Welcome 2 HOME
Leslie Rookey
LLRookey@aol.com
352-518-0577
Geographic Area Serving: Dade City, Florida
Description: Our Group meets the 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month from 1-3 at the American Legion Hall on Church Ave. We have Enrichment classes for all ages. Mentorship classes for the adults. Field Trips once a month. Bowling each Wednesday, Park day each Friday. And so much more.
Requirements: Our only request is that members help each month with clean up, set up and activities.
Benefits: We have an on line e-loop letter, a group library and book sales.We plan many low cost field trips for all ages.
Cost: $12 yearly
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West Orange Social Club of Homeschoolers (WOSCH)
Nina Doyle
ndoyle@cfl.rr.com
407-297-0668
Christine Shewfelt
cshewfelt@cfl.rr.com
407-880-3311
Geographic Area Serving: Greater Orlando Area, Florida
Description: This is a secular group of homeschoolers who will meet for social gatherings in the west orange county area (off the 429 in Winter Garden). This area is convienent to Winter Garden, Ocoee, West Orlando, South Apopka, Windermere, Metrowest, Clermont, Gotha, and the Oakland areas. All Ages are Welcome! This group is structured to basically allow our families to spend time together, and form bonds and friendships to last throughout our lifetimes. We meet twice per month at a park (indoor activities are planned over the summer months instead), normally on Mondays; occasionally we may do some 'fieldtrip' type get togethers in addition to our park days (chocolate parties, pottery painting, movie dates, christmas caroling,etc) We also hold seasonal and/or holiday parties for the children throughout the year, and we are beginning to hold a monthly "Moms Coffee Break" for the moms to meet on a weekend to have some social time of their own. We hope that one (or maybe all!) of our activities will spark your interest and that we will get to make your acquaintance soon!
Requirements: Our requirements are that you currently homeschool at least one child, and that you are able to make our events on a somewhat regular basis.
Benefits: Fieldtrips, park dates, once a year Lego-engineering opportunities, social/recreational opportunities for both kids and parents, and beginning in 2008 our childrens' yearbook/scrapbook meetings
Cost: None
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