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Illinois: Support Groups
Arlington HOUSE
Vid Axel
Geographic Area Serving: NW Suburbs of Chicago, Illinois
Description: Arlington HOUSE (Home Oriented Unique Homeschooling Experience) is a nonsectarian homeschooling support group in the northwest suburbs of Chicago (Arlington Heights, Des Plaines, Mount Prospect, Palatine, Rolling Meadows). We have about 40 families with children ranging from newborn to mid teens.We all homeschool for a variety of reasons and in a number of different ways, but the constant is respectfulness and being supportive of one another, and having lots of fun.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Activities Include: weekly park days in the summer, weekly gym days in the winter, weekly pool days, twice monthly beach days, twice monthly field trips, culture nights, members only email list, knit and crochet lessons (upon request), and community service activities through HEARTS - Homeschoolers Educating Assisting and Reaching-out Through Service.
Cost: $5 yearly

Big Muddy Homeschooling Community
Geographic Area Serving: Alton, IL (and surrounding areas)
Description: We are a casual group of friends in and around the river town of Alton, Illinois who educate our children at home. We are a secular set of free thinkers who enjoy the diversity of style and flexibility in life that homeschooling allows. The goals of the Big Muddy HSC are to serve as a supportive resource for parents and create enriching opportunities for children. We look forward to learning, laughing, and growing together! Please join us!
Requirements: None
Benefits: Support and enrichment opportunities
Cost: None

Bountiful Homeschool Blessings
Geographic Area Serving: Chicagoland & Suburbs, Illinois
Description: Bountiful Homeschool Blessings is an email group forum in which Chicagoland Christian homeschool families can exchange goods/services, in order to support each other in the lifestyle to which God has called them.
Requirements: Membership is open to Christian homeschooling families in Chicago and its suburbs.
Benefits: We formed this email group so that Christian homeschoolers can connect with each other in order to bless and be blessed! Members have given many items away; they have also sold other items. Members have also received needed items and services (such as homeschooling materials, and services such as haircuts, help with moving, etc.). We desire that member Christian families would bless each and help each other. Please see our website for more information!
Cost: None

CHAMPS (Christian Homeschool Arts and Music Programs)
Geographic Area Serving: Chicago and Northwest Suburbs
Description: This weekly homeschool enrichment program is possible because of the loving efforts and volunteer support of member families. They hold classes on Mondays from September-May at the Cardinal Drive Church of Christ, Rolling Meadows, Illinois. They join in fellowship to celebrate their children’s gifts and achievements several more times each year, as they demonstrate their growth in music, song, art, drama and foreign language. Their class offerings are established by the needs and desires of the families. Currently their program operates with over 90 families. Class offerings now include programs for preschool through high school students in all academic areas as well as performing arts and private instrumental lessons. They also offer social activities and family events outside of regular meeting days.
Requirements: Homeschooled students Prek-12th grade.
Benefits: Class offerings now include programs for preschool through high school students in all academic areas as well as performing arts and private instrumental lessons. They also offer social activities and family events outside of regular meeting days.
Cost: Varies

Geographic Area Serving: Mt. Prospect, Illinois
Description: We have enrichment classes every other Friday for children all the way through highschool. We provide a library and field trips and parties. Support group meetings are once a month for the parents. We meet mostly in Mt. Prospect.
Requirements: All members must sign the doctrinal statement of faith for the group.
Benefits: Newsletter, field trips, parties, enrichment, library
Cost: $30/year (Additional fess for co-op classes)

Chicago Home Instructors Playgroup - CHIP
CHIP Moderator
Geographic Area Serving: Streeterville, Gold Coast, Lakeview, Lincoln Park areas, Illinois
Description: This group is for homeschoolers in the Streeterville, Gold Coast, Lakeview, Lincoln Park areas who use curriculum at home. All founding members of the group are Christian or Jewish. We welcome anyone of any background who is interested in joining. Most of our children are school age, however, we have a few younger siblings as well.
Requirements: We ask that new members have at least one child who is school aged.We ask that members participate regularly to keep their membership in the group. For security reasons, all new members unknown to existing members will be asked to meet someone from the group first before joining the yahoo group.
Benefits: We have weekly park days. We also have monthly museum days and other outings planned by our members. All our events are extremely well attended.
Cost: None

Chicago Homeschool Co-op
Alice Hollowed
Geographic Area Serving: Chicago, Illinois
Description: Chicago Homeschool Co-op (CHC) aims to provide community and support for homeschooling and unschooling families in the Chicago area. CHC is an inclusive group. We welcome members regardless of their religious beliefs or non-belief. Our members are diverse in our homeschooling styles, philosophies, race, ages, and experiences. We value this diversity and aspire to learn and grow with our children by sharing our time, resources, skills and interests. As we strengthen our community within the group, we also hope to participate meaningfully in our larger community. We call ourselves a co-op because members cooperate to provide enriching experiences for their children and themselves. Each member participates as much as they desire and are able.
Requirements: To become a member of the CHC, we ask that you live in Chicago (or near suburb) and be homeschooling your child(ren) full time, or If your child is pre-school aged, you are intending to homeschool.
Benefits: Activities include group play, field trips, park days, and member-led learning activities, classes and experiences.
Cost: None

Geographic Area Serving: Western suburbs of Chicago, Illinois
Description: C.H.I.L.D. (Chicagoland Homeschoolers Inclusively Learning and Discovering) is a group for families in the western suburbs (primarily DuPage county) of Chicago who seek to connect with others for support, ideas, and enjoyment. The group is secular and inclusive, with children currently ranging in age from infants to teens. All are welcome!
Requirements: We welcome families who are currently homeschooling, or families who are considering this choice. When applying to join the group, please provide a brief introduction, including your location and age(s) of your child(ren).
Benefits: Playgroups and meet-ups will typically be on Fridays within the general areas of Elmhurst (NE border) and Woodridge (SW border). However, as the group strives to be member-driven, dates and locations may vary.
Cost: None

Barb Schexnayder
Geographic Area Serving: Greater Freeport Area
Description: CHOSEN homeschool group is a Christian group designed to encourage parents as they home educate their children. With regular parent meetings, Homeschool Enrichment Days, field trips, a Yahoo loop and more; we invite you to join this group of moms who are passionate about their children and encouraging one another.
Requirements: Fill out a registration form and submit membership fee.
Benefits: Parent Meetings, Encouragement and Fellowship, Field Trips, Homeschool Enrichment Days, HSLDA Discount, CHOSEN Used book and Curriculum Sale, Scholastic Book Orders, Yahoo Loop, Facebook Page
Cost: $15 yearly

Christian Family Educational Co-op
Geographic Area Serving: Joliet, Illinois
Description: We are a group of Christian homeschooling families that have joined together in an Educational Co-op to help each other add to the Home School experience. Our group includes homeschooling families from Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, and Will counties here in Illinois.The purpose the Christian Family Educational Co-op (CFEC), is to provide home education families an opportunity to enrich their children's academic curriculum and social experience within the context of a Christian-based, co-operative organization.
Requirements: As Christians we strive to emulate Jesus Christ through our conduct. In Matthew 22:36-40, Jesus stated the principles that should guide our relationship with God and with each other. The Apostle Paul, in Galatians 5:22-26, elaborated further how our actions should demonstrate the fruits of the Holy Spirit.
Benefits: We conduct classes one day a week covering subjects the children in our families might not otherwise have as part of their regular curriculum. By pooling our talents and our efforts for these classes all of us benefit. We also offer opportunities to join together on field trips to places of interest in the Chicago area.
Cost: Yes(yearly)amount: tuition per child, per semester

Crossroads Area Home School Association (CAHSA)
Shelly Nelson
Geographic Area Serving: Bloomington/Normal, IL and surrounding communities
Description: CAHSA was formed to create a sense of community as well as to provide an easily accessible network of communication and resources which will better equip parents, enhance the experience for students, and educate local communities about the viability of homeschooling. We offer various co-ops and activities including band, choir, prom, and graduation.
Requirements: Families should be currently home educating and live within a 45-minute radius of the Bloomington/Normal area.
Benefits: Support and information
Cost: None at this time

Decatur Homeschool Network
Kelly Ramirez
Geographic Area Serving: Decatur, Illinois
Description: The Decatur Homeschool Network is a dedicated group of homeschool families from the Greater Decatur Illinois area. Members of this network share homeschool information and available community resources for their homeschooled students and families. With the mutual goal of providing the best education possible for their children, this group is meant to be a source of support and information for experienced and inexperienced homeschoolers alike. This group is a non-denominational Christian group; all members agree to abide by a code of Christian conduct. All correspondence within the group will focus on the topic of homeschooling. Our individual family traditions and theologies may differ, but we are united in Christ as Christian brothers and sisters. Respect for each other and Christ-like attitudes should be evident in all group communication and activities. This is an e-group, thus all information is disseminated through e-mail. Information about outside group activities or educational opportunities will be posted regularly. Discussion topics relevant to education are welcomed. All members are invited to participate.
Requirements: Membership needs to be approved by the moderators.
Benefits: The main idea of our group is to open the lines of communication among the homeschool members of our community and the surrounding area.
Cost: None

DREAM Homeschool Life
Geographic Area Serving: Northwest Suburbs of Chicago
Description: DREAM is a Christian support group for parents who home educate their children. Our membership is open to any homeschooling family for support. Our vision is to help homeschool families achieve their vision. What we offer is a DREAM - Discussion, Resources, Education, Activities, Mentoring. We want people to know that we are more than just help for homeschool families. We are here to bring people together, provide opportunities for fellowship, share field trips and much more. We are currently meet at 7PM on the 4th Tuesday of the month August through May (special dates in Nov /Dec) at the Elk Grove Village Library in Elk Grove Village, IL.
Requirements: Our membership is open to any homeschooling family for support. Annual registration fee is $25/family.
Benefits: Friends, Special Needs group, Teen Group, Speakers, Montly parent meetings and lots of Field Trips
Cost: $25 yearly

Dubuque Chess Club
Earl Zismer
Geographic Area Serving: Dubuque, Illinois
Description: Club meetings are the first Saturday morning from 9am to Noon, the following Wednesday from 6pm to 9pm, the third Saturday from 9am to noon, the following Wednesday from 6pm to 9pm. We meet upstairs at the Carnegie-Stout Public Library located on the corner of 11th and Bluff Street. Chess boards, pieces and clocks are provided and all are welcome to attend.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Free Chess lessons!
Cost: None

Bethany Sutton
Geographic Area Serving: Norris City, Eldorado, Carmi, West Salem, Harrisburg, Galatia, Herod, Junction, Ridgway, Omaha and surrounding areas in Sourthern Illinois
Description: F.A.I.T.H. Force (Firm Assurance Instilling Truth in the Hearts of children) is a Christian homeschool support group for families who have chosen to educate their children at home. We meet every other Friday at 11:00 AM. We have either a field trip for that day or a fun day. We always have room for more. Please come join us!
Requirements: Registration Form and Fee. $25.00 annual subscription runs from August 1st thru July 31st.
Benefits: F.A.I.T.H. Force plans field trips and activities for the children to enjoy fellowship, as well as moms devotions for inspiration and information sharing. Newsletter subscriptions are included in the membership fee. F.A.I.T.H. Force was established in 2005.
Cost: $25 yearly

Family of Christian Home Educators (FOCHE)
Mark Unick
Geographic Area Serving: Edwardsville, Illinois
Description: FOCHE is a group of homeschoolers who come together for fellowship and encouragement. WE LOVE TO HAVE THE DADS PARTICIPATE in our homeschool activities. We have a wide variety of ages, and for the first time this year are offering a teen movie night at private homes, giving our teens an opportunity to get to know each other better and have some fun. We have a homeschool Cub Scout Troop available for boys to join, and we are attempting to begin a chess club. FOCHE is an organization that uses parental involvement, rather than just someone organizing things to do. Mom's Night Out is new in January, and we try to meet somewhere the 3rd Thursday of each month. Our meetings are the second Thursday of each month, the next one is March 10th at the Church of the Nazarene in Collinsville IL. As members, individuals are given access to our discussion group board as well. We have members willing to sit and chat with individuals considering homeschooling.
Requirements: To be in leadership you must adhere to the Statement of Faith, but to be a member there are no such requirements. Members pay a yearly due of $20 and are expected to participate and help out in planning activities for the entire group.
Benefits: * newsletters * HSLDA Discount * discussion board on internet * support group meetings * fellowship activities * veteran homeschoolers available for mentoring * field trips
Cost: $20 yearly

GIFT Homeschool Enrichment Program
Geographic Area Serving: For anyone who wishes to come to Elgin, Illinois
Description: G.I.F.T. (Godly Influenced Fine Arts Training) Homeschool Enrichment Program located in Elgin, Illinois. Our mission is to facilitate Godly influenced fine arts training for homeschool families in a positive learning environment. G.I.F.T. is a non-profit enrichment program, organized by volunteers, offering classes to homeschoolers of all ages (pre-school to adult). Classes are taught be paid, professional teachers and are open to all homeschoolers regardless of faith. Classes are held on Tuesdays from 9 am - 3 pm, September - May in Elgin, IL.
Requirements: None.
Cost: Monthly fee and cost of any classes taken.

Grassroots Homeschoolers
Lydia Koster
Geographic Area Serving: Chicago South Suburbs/Surrounding Areas, Illinois
Description: Our group is open to anyone with an interest in homeschooling. Based in Matteson, IL, we function as a non-denominational, non-sectarian, registered non-profit organization existing for the purpose of supporting and nurturing homeschooling families. We provide social support and practical information regarding homeschooling to supporting members of the organization and the general public who are either contemplating or actively involved in homeschooling children. Our gathering days are the first and third Wednesday of each month. From September to May, Grassroots meets in the gymnasium at St. Paul's Lutheran Church...located at 6203 Vollmer Road, in Matteson, IL. St.Paul's is located on the south side of Vollmer Road, approximately 3/4 mile west of Interstate 57. We offer an educational and entertaining scheduled program on each gathering day. Our program usually starts between noon and 1p.m. Please check our website for more information on gathering day programs. The gathering day also allows parents a chance to talk with each other and seek out support and information. We do publish a monthly newsletter featuring detailed information on the scheduled Gathering Day Programs and events, field trips, and various club offerings. Please note: member names and children's birth dates are included in the newsletter only to facilitate member introductions and socialization. The membership list is not distributed outside our group and members are requested to honor each other's privacy by maintaining confidentiality. We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming Gathering Day!
Requirements: None - but volunteers are graciously accepted!
Benefits: Grassroots membership fees or dues are $60 yearly. You are welcome to fund raise toward $40 of the total fee. We provide several opportunities for fundraisers each year. These membership fees goes toward the gathering day programs as well as the newsletter and other costs to make our group possible. We always welcome visitors as well. The current visitor fee is $7.
Cost: $15 yearly starting in September / pro-rated if you join after September

Great Games
Leo Heska
Geographic Area Serving: Batavia, Illinois
Description: We meet on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, attendance and venue permitting. All homeschoolers are welcome, plus, homeschoolers who attend may invite non-homeschoolers to come play along with them.We get together to play historical, ancient, and/or culturally interesting games. Some learning (a little history, a little math, some cultural studies), but mostly fun. Since we meet in the evenings, this is a good chance for dads of homeschoolers to do something fun and (slightly) educational with the kids. All ages of homeschooled kids are welcome. This is not a drop-off activity - parents please stay and play!
Requirements: Here are the current club rules: 1) Everybody plays (including grownups). 2) Follow the rules of the game. 3) Nobody hurt. We are still new, so if you think the club rules need changing, talk to us.
Benefits: We provide a safe, fun, kid-friendly, inclusive (all religions, including non-religious, are welcome) environment. Also popcorn.
Cost: None

Happy Hearts Homeschoolers
Geographic Area Serving: Rockford, North and NW Suburbs
Description: Happy Hearts Homeschoolers is a homeschooling play and support group for families who are homeschooling K-5th grade who would like to get together for some fun park and play days without classes being involved. Homeschooling takes much time and effort so we will be having fun meetups to just let loose, play and make some homeschooling friends who can relate.
Requirements: All homeschooling families are welcome regardless of educational methods, religion, special educational needs, or anything else you can think of. We are in Rockford but welcome all homeschoolers who don't mind the drive. We are a group for K-5th grade homeschoolers but older and younger siblings are always welcome. Our requirements: 1. Members must be actively homeschooling at least one child in kindergarten to 5th grade. 2. Members must attend at least one meetup within 30 days of joining the group. 3. Members must attend at least one meetup quarterly (every 3 months). 4. Members must login at least every 3 months. 5. Members must keep their e-mail up to date. 6. Membership dues must be up to date.
Benefits: Play and support; Message boards for discussion and forums for selling, buying and trading curriculum supplies;
Cost: $6 yearly

HEARTs for Scott (Home Educating All ouR *children* Together)
Geographic Area Serving: The surrounding area of Scott AFB which may include but are not limited to: Belleville, Shiloh, O'Fallon, Fairview Heights, Mascoutah, New Baden, Trenton, Lebanon, Troy, and Collinsville.
Description: HEARTs for Scott is an all-inclusive, family-centered home school support group in the Scott AFB area, who strive to follow Christ-like principles and values. HEARTs has no official political or religious orientation, although we do abide by biblical standards.
Requirements: Must have a FACEBOOK account and request membership on our HEARTs group page. FOLLOW all instructions posted in the ABOUT section on the page.
Benefits: Fellowship in the home schooling community through: • Giving support and encouragement to traditional and single parent families currently home educating their children and supplying resources and encouragement to those exploring the option of home education. • Combining our talents and sharing our resources to enhance both social and academic opportunities for our children. • Respecting one another through charity and patience. • And sharing love and faith through our beliefs.
Cost: None

Home Educated Teen Group
Jacci Richards
Geographic Area Serving: Lake, McHenry, Kane, Cook
Description: All home educated teens (ages 13-19) and their families are invited to join our teen group. Our group consists of home educated teens who participate in projects, take field trips, classes, plan and run community service events etc while having the opportunity to interact with their peers in a relaxed and informal setting. While the kids are doing their thing the parents have the opportunity to talk and exchange ideas and information on the home educating life. We are very casual and fun. Our group is open to everyone. We understand that not all teens will be interested in doing the same thing at the same time, so feel free to attend the events appropriate for your teen. Each month the teens choose a community service project that will be completed one week of the following month. Upcoming activities in the works; Kite Building & Flying, Day at the Movies, Scavenger Hunt, Fishing, Day at the Beach, Chicago trip, Volo Bog, Moraine Hills Hike, Learning about Finances Class (how to balance a check book, set up a budget etc), Excel Basics class, Job Application & Interview Skills Class, Acting and Theater Classes, Cooking Class (the kids will actually shop, prep and cook dinner to take home) , Documentary film about Home Education, Photography class, College Prep Class & more! We welcome any ideas and suggestions you and your teen may have and we look forward to meeting you. If you have questions, ideas or suggestions, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to meeting anyone interested in joining us!
Requirements: Must be 13-19 and home educated. No dues, no requirements. Just the willingness to meet new people and build new friendships in a safe, educational and fun way!!
Benefits: Build friendships, expand communication skills, tutoring, mentoring...there really are to many to list. This group has been a great asset to the home educating experience for our members.
Cost: None

Homeschool Illinois Network
Nikki Mackovitch
Geographic Area Serving: Illinois and Neighboring Borders
Description: This list is for the discussion of topics related to homeschooling in Illinois and neighboring borders. Posting of events, organizations and homeschool websites is welcome. But please do not post any affiliated links or advertisements. This is group is open-minded and OT posts are welcome as long as they are not too far off beat. Come join us to discuss homeschooling interests, ideas, curriculum and to share your information as well. Or just stop by to chat with other homeschoolers in your area.
Requirements: The only thing required to belong to this group is that you are located in either Illinois or a neighboring border.
Benefits: We do plan trips from time to time, share in homeschool resources, get-to-gether with those near us and as a group participate in many organizations available to homeschool families.
Cost: None

Homeschool Resource Center
Brian and Kristi Boss
Geographic Area Serving: Monee, Illinois
Description: The Homeschool Resource Center is a ministry of Family of Faith Church. It exists to provide information, encouragement, fellowship, and resources to Christian homeschooling families. The Center hosts periodic events that support homeschooling and home discipleship. A sports program has also been developed for Christian homeschooling families to experience community, support, and athletic enrichment. For more information, call 708-235-1901 or e-mail hsrc@homediscipleship.org
Requirements: We charge a $10 fee per year to use resources from our extensive library.
Benefits: We offer homeschooling families in the area: ~ Email information loop to send current info on upcoming events, opportunities (sports, music, classes, ect.), field trips, and discounts that pertain to homeschooling, home discipleship, and families. ~ Homeschool Resource Library, $10.00 membership fee per family per year ~ Periodic events ~ Used curriculum for sale ~ ICHE Convention Discount Rates ~ HSLDA Membership Discount Rate ~ Various sports teams for both boys and girls
Cost: None

Homeschooled Special Needs Children
Adrianne Elbe
Geographic Area Serving: Gurnee, Illinois
Description: The group is very informal, and meets on the second Monday of each month at the Warren Newport Public Library in Gurnee, IL at 7 p.m. We typically meet only during the "academic year". Some of the families have children with CP, but there are a number of families with children on the autism spectrum. The group is open to all faiths and all disabilities.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Support
Cost: None

Homeschooling Moms with Fibromyalgia
Geographic Area Serving: Nationwide
Description: Homeschooling Moms with Fibromyalgia is a group that was created to help support and encourage homeschooling mothers and grandmothers that have fibromyalgia. The group is a place where we can not only discuss fibromyalgia with others that have it, but discuss homeschooling, too. Here you will get the encouragement you need when you are having a hard day homeschooling, or are suffering through a bad flare. Although the main topics will be fibromyalgia and homeschooling, chatting about our everyday lives is greatly encouraged. Please join us and find the understanding you have been lacking and the commardie you have been seeking. You are not alone in your struggles with pain and all the other issues that fibromyalgia puts us through everyday.
Requirements: A member must be a homeschooling mother or grandmother with fibromyalgia
Benefits: The group provides understanding and support from other homeschooling moms with fibromyalgia.
Cost: Free

HSGS (Home Schooling Gifted Students)
Geographic Area Serving: Chicago, Illinois
Description: Home Schooling Gifted Students is a support group for families dealing with the challenges of home schooling gifted children. Many support groups exist for home schooling, and many exist for gifted issues. We are one of the few groups to combine these two challenges. If you live in the Chicago area and are interested in home schooling a gifted child, please join us!!
Requirements: We have no requirements, other than a supportive attitude regarding the challenges of home schooling gifted children.
Benefits: We provide a safe place to discuss giftedness in the context of home schooling. General home school support groups are traditionally not a welcome place to discuss the challenges families with gifted children face. We offer an alternative. We encourage classes, field trips and fun events at which our children can develop friendships with true peers, something that is critical to the healthy development of the gifted child.
Cost: None; $50.00 membership fee for HSGS Friday Co-operative

I-H.O.P.E. (Illinois Homeschoolers for Open Peaceful Education)
Illinois HOPE
Geographic Area Serving: The Greater Rockford Illinois Area
Description: I-H.O.P.E. is a group of homeschooling families working together to provide supplemental classes and other enrichment activities for homeschoolers.
Requirements: I-H.O.P.E. is open to ANYONE who homeschools and is willing to accept and sign the rules and regulations and agrees to the bylaws.
Benefits: Support, classes, field trips and other enrichment activities
Cost: $35/family/semester (teaching parent); $45/family/semester (non-teaching parent); $10/family/semester for activities only

Lynn H
Geographic Area Serving: State of Illinois
Description: This is an email-based support group. We want to connect the various real-world groups by sharing and discussing : legal requirements, resources, open access activities, and more. Group leaders may post your local information, and we like to help newbies find local help.
Requirements: We require that language and behavior be suitable for mixed ages (no profanity). Mind your manners! We have no religious requirements. You are free to mention whatever has helped you in your homeschooling. However, religious recruiting or bashing are grounds for banning. So is recruiting for any MLM. "Motivational Speakers" aren't too popular here, either
Benefits: We keep current on the real Laws and requirements. You may buy and sell personal home education materials, or mention your homeschool oriented business, or let us know where education Reps will be available. We have had meetings, and may have them in the future. Volunteer!
Cost: None

Illinois Christian Home Educators
Kirk Smith
Geographic Area Serving: State of Illinois
Description: Illinois Christian Home Educators (ICHE) is an organization that serves homeschool families throughout the state of Illinois. We have an annual convention for homeschoolers that attracts around 4,000 homeschool parents. ICHE also sponsors other annual events, such as a Southern Illinois Convention, a father and son retreat, a retreat for mothers and daughters, a conference specifically for support group leaders, and more. ICHE also publishes a quarterly magazine, The Alliant, that contains articles, resources, event alerts, and other information for homeschooling families in Illinois. We also provide support for homeschoolers through our office staff of homeschool veterans and graduates. We are available to answer questions both through phone calls and emails. ICHE also maintains a listing of Christian homeschool support groups throughout the state to which we can refer families that contact us.
Requirements: ICHE is a non membership organization.
Benefits: Families who provide ICHE with a contact email address will be placed on our email list for event and legislative alerts. Those who provide a US mail address, will be added to the mailing list for our complimentary magazine, The Alliant. Both lists are kept entirely confidential and are never sold, rented, given or in any other way distributed to other people or organizations.
Cost: None

Jackson County Christian Home Educators
Jenny White
Burke Shade
Geographic Area Serving: Southern Illinois
Description: It is our goal to support homeschooling families in Southern Illinois through personal contact and email notification. JCCHE hosts monthly support group meetings and a Graduation ceremony each May. The rest of the activities are organized by any member who sees a need and has the time to co-ordinate a solution.
Requirements: Have children approaching school age or currently in school and Be sincerely interested in pursuing the best educational options for your family.
Benefits: Many of our members have been homeschooling for 20+ years and are available to answer questions and help you avoid common pitfalls. We can get you in touch with a person that can help you choose curriculum or help you through those difficult days when you wonder if you can really do this.
Cost: None

Johnsburg Public Library Homeschool Resource Center
Maria Zawacki
Geographic Area Serving: Johnsburg, Illinois
Description: The Johnsburg Public Library received a $55,000 grant in 2001 to establish the Homeschool Resource Center (HRC). Items in the HRC include curriculum materials, science equipment, math manipulatives, educational board games and kits, software, and homeschooling books, magazines, and catalogs. Anyone possessing a valid Illinois public library card may check items out for six weeks.
Requirements: A valid Illinois public library card
Benefits: Because the HRC is located within a public library, there is no fee to check out the materials.
Cost: None

Lake County HOUSE
Katie Cavanaugh
Geographic Area Serving: Lake County, Illinois
Description: We are located in and around Lake County, Illinois. Our mission is to provide non-sectarian and non-political support and information for homeschooling families as well as providing socialization and shared educational opportunities for our children. Lake County H.O.U.S.E. (Home-Oriented Unique Schooling Experience) provides many clubs and field trip experiences organized by and for its members and others in the homeschool community, as well as a lively dialogue concerning homeschool interests and educational opportunities in the Lake County and Chicagoland areas. New members are always welcome.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Email discussion list; monthly activity meetings and moms' meetings; member-driven field trips, classes and co-ops; support for your homeschooling family of any style
Cost: $7 yearly

LaSalle County Homeschoolers
Minette Armstrong
Geographic Area Serving: LaSalle and surrounding counties
Description: We are a new NON denominational homeschooling group in LaSalle county. This group is mostly to provide support to fellow homeschoolers & their parents. We would like to start weekly meet dates for the children to get together & talk/play/work on projects or homework together & give parents some time to talk & give/receive support. We will be going on monthly field trips also. We will begin meeting in Ottawa but as the group grows we can meet in different cities as well.
Requirements: Just be a current homeschooler or interested in homeschooling and live in LaSalle county or surrounding counties.
Benefits: Support from fellow local homeschoolers & fun field trips monthly
Cost: None

Legacy Christian Co-op
Michelle Collins
Geographic Area Serving: Bolingbrook, Naperville, Plainfield, and surrounding communities
Description: Legacy offers families the opportunity to supplement their homeschooling with academic and enrichment classes and events. Joining this group also means becoming a member of a Christian community where families are willing to serve with a spirit of unity and cooperation. Here we share blessings, support, fellowship, accountability and responsibility. When each member uses their time, talents and energy to help, the group runs smoothly and we all enjoy the blessing. Please take some prayerful time to consider joining this group. If you then feel LCC would be a support for your family, we would love for you to join us.
Requirements: Membership is open to homeschooling families whose oldest participant is 6 or older at the beginning of the semester for which you are registering.
Benefits: Being a member of LCC allows your family to participate in everything that we sponsor: Field trips · Parties · Mission projects · Guest speakers or special events which are scheduled throughout the year · Once-a-month Mom’s Night Out · Yahoo e-group · Two sessions of 12-week class days per year
Cost: Yearly family fee is $75. Class fee is $15.

Mighty Oaks
Leba Miller
Geographic Area Serving: Lake Villa, Illinois
Description: Mighty Oaks is a Christian homeschool group for students in 6th to 12th grade that provides opportunities for fellowship, friendship, and education in a Christ-filled atmosphere and safe environment. We meet year-round in Lindenhurst, IL. Our summer activities include educational field trips, community service projects, physical education, arts and crafts, and monthly family picnics. Our academic program begins after Labor Day and is designed to supplement homeschool curriculums offering classes in debate, public speaking, foreign languages, drama, cooking and more.
Requirements: Attendance at quarterly business meetings, Volunteers to attend to younger siblings; also refer to Statement of Faith and Policies and Procedures posted on our Web site
Benefits: Field trips, social get togethers, newsletters, family picnics and more
Cost: None

Naperville Home Educators
Holly Ramsey
Geographic Area Serving: Naperville, Illinois
Description: This group is open to any and all home educators in the greater Naperville, IL area. Feel free to post questions concerning home education, list field trips, let others know of great activities you've found in the area, promote your home education support group, tell us about great resources and events etc. Polite people of all home educating philosophies are welcome.
Requirements: Polite home educators in the greater Naperville IL area are welcome to join.
Benefits: Area events of interest to home educators, discussion forum, internet resources sharing, and encouragement
Cost: None

Northside Unschoolers Group
Elyse Hahn
Winifred Haun
Geographic Area Serving: Chicagoland area, Illinois
Description: The purpose of the Northside Unschoolers Group (NUG) is to provide information and support to families who unschool or are interested in unschooling their families. NUG was founded in 2001 by two unschooling families on the north side of Chicago. Ten years later over 100 families regularly participate in the group's weekly, monthly and annual activities. Homeschoolers of all philosophies are welcome to attend any group meetings or activities.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Information and support
Cost: None; classes or workshops fees may apply

Our Lady Queen of Peace
Mona Cattapan
Geographic Area Serving: Palatine, Algonquin, Arlington Heights, Cary, Mt. Prospect, DesPlaines, Elk Grove Village, Glen View, Lake Barrington, Lake Zurich, Medinah, Schaumburg, Streamwood
Description: OLQP - Our Lady Queen of Peace Homeschooling Group is a group of Catholic families from the northwest suburbs of Chicago offering support to parents while providing social, academic and spiritual opportunities for our children. There are monthly meetings from Aug/June. Children range in age from preschool-highschool
Requirements: All members of OLQP must be practicing Catholics and raising their children Catholic. OLQP members agree that they believe in the teachings of the Catholic Church and try to follow them as described in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Our group is a cooperative one, dependent on its members for the planning of all our activities. We ask members to take on two obligations: the payment of annual dues and the planning of one field trip or event for the group. New and expectant mothers, and those with group jobs, are exempt from this latter obligation. New members are welcome. We suggest you "try us out" for a month or so. Attend a meeting and a field trip, and talk to some of the moms.
Benefits: Social opportunities for the parents and children including: -Little Flowers /Blue Knights Club - Project fair - Talent Show - Service opportunites - Holy Hour - Yearbook - Field trips: Apple picking, bowling,theater, Pumpkin farm - Park Day - Game Day
Cost: $25 yearly

Peoria Area Homeschoolers
Rhonda Jockisch
Dawn Churchill
Geographic Area Serving: Peoria, Illinois
Description: The mission of Peoria Area Homeschoolers is to enhance the home education experience for homeschooling parent/guardians of all backgrounds in the Peoria area. PAH provides an opportunity for members to provide support, playdates, field trips, and networking opportunities to each other. This message board is intended to be a clearinghouse of information for homeschooling parents/guardians, or families who are thinking about homeschooling, in the Peoria Illinois area. You may also sell used curriculum here. When asking for membership you will be asked to write a brief statement about your homeschooling experience or your intent to homeschool.
Requirements: You must be an adult who has a sincere interest in homeschooling. This should be detailed in your answers to the questionaire. Minors, anyone not homeschooling or considering homeschooling, or anyone not returning the required questionaire will be denied membership.
Benefits: 1) Yahoo calendar detailing activities for homeschoolers in the area 2) access to Yahoo group discussions 3) field trips, gym days, park dates & other activities planned by members 4) opportunity to sell or buy used curriculum
Cost: None

Riverbend Christian Home Educators Coalition
Carrie Floyd
Geographic Area Serving: Alton area, Illinois
Description: We meet monthly to discuss upcoming events. Contact me for place and time. We have all ages in our group.
Requirements: We are a Christian group, but welcome all.
Benefits: We meet monthly for an informal meeting while our children play. We have field trip, reading programs, play days, parties, and put a year book together. We send a monthly newsletter out by email. If you would like to be added to our email list at no cost send me your email. Membership fees help supply us with party supplies and more, but it's not required.
Cost: $20 yearly

Rockford Area H.O.U.S.E.
Krysta or Kara
Geographic Area Serving: Northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin including Rockford, Cherry Valley, Belvidere, Winnebago, Pecatonica, Freeport, Roscoe, Rockton, Beloit, Janesville, Rochelle, DeKalb, Sycamore, and all cities and towns in between!
Description: We provide homeschooling families with educational and social interaction, and the opportunity to connect and share ideas, information, and give each other encouragement. All educational and religious philosophies are welcomed and respected. The direction of our group is determined by the active participation of our members. We offer classes one day a week on Tuesdays. Classes are available for homeschoolers of all ages, from pre-school through high school. For more information, please visit our web site at www.rockfordareahouse.blogspot.com. Thanks!!
Requirements: None
Benefits: Social interaction, support, classes, field trips and a wonderful, diverse group of families! H.O.U.S.E. really is a place to call home!
Cost: $10 yearly, plus class fees

Rockford Area Roman Catholic Home Educators (RARCHE)
Geographic Area Serving: Rockford, IL
Description: RARCHE offers parental support and activities for Catholic home school families.
Requirements: Catholic homeschooler
Benefits: Support and activities
Cost: $10 yearly

Schaumburg H.O.U.S.E.
Debbie or Pam
Geographic Area Serving: Schaumburg, Illinois
Description: Schaumburg HOUSE is an inclusive homeschooling group in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. We have children from age four to fourteen.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Online group, field trips, nature classes, annual social events
Cost: $12 yearly

Scott Area Military Home Educators (SAMHE)
Geographic Area Serving: Scott AFB, Belleville, O'Fallon, Shiloh, Fairview Heights, Collinsville, Highland, Trenton, Lebanon.
Description: We are a group of military related families living around Scott AFB. We are a non-denominational group as our intent is to provide support for families that are homeschooling and dealing with the challenges unique to the military. Membership to our group provides families with information about educational as well as social opportunities. SAMHE membership provides information about classes both on base and in the local community through our membership forum. Currently we are not endorsed by Scott Air Force Base as one of their programs. You will find our group very welcoming and friendly. Our Yahoo Group is our primary mode of communication and all members are encouraged to regularly check the messages through one of the three methods available. We have a very active group that meets regularly. Hope you will join us!
Requirements: Base access is required. We welcome families who are currently homeschooling and all those who are considering homeschooling.
Benefits: *Parent Meetings, *Encouragement and Fellowship, *Field Trips, *Homeschool Enrichment Days, *HSLDA Discount, *Facebook Page, *Discussion board on internet, *Veteran homeschoolers available for mentoring
Cost: $10

Springfield Illinois Homeschool Group
Chelo Felice
Geographic Area Serving: Springfield and surrounding areas, Illinois
Description: This is a Yahoo group to post all the events, activities, discounts, and other things of interest to homeschoolers in the central Illinois area, focused around Springfield. While this group is linked with many SAHA (Springfield Area Homeschool Association) events, anyone is welcome to join.
Requirements: All Springfield (and outlying areas) homeschoolers are welcome to join regardless of race, creed, religion, etc., but we do ask for a little personal information in your sign up email, just to verify you're a real person.
Benefits: Group calendar lists area events, while links and files provide useful resources for new and veteran homeschoolers. Park days are planned on a regular basis; field trips occur several times a year; and organized events such as the Six Flags Six Hour Reading Club and St. Jude's Mathathon are coordinated through this group.
Cost: None

T.E.A.C.H. - Tri-County Eclectic and Creative Homeschoolers
T.E.A.C.H. Leader
Geographic Area Serving: NW suburbs of Chicago, Illinois
Description: T.E.A.C.H. is an all-inclusive, private, volunteer-run homeschooling group for families residing in the NW suburbs of Chicago, including Northwest Cook County, Northwest DuPage County, and Northern Kane County. T.E.A.C.H. supports many different homeschooling styles and offers educational opportunities, social activities and resources for our member families.
Requirements: Each member is required to fulfill a volunteer role within the group.
Benefits: We offer the following activities: Park Days, Open Gym, Monthly Bowling, Monthly Nature Hikes, Monthly Teen only activities for grade 6 and up, Parent Meetings, Reading Programs including Read to Succeed and Kane County Cougars, Field Trips, Service Projects, Yahoo Group with Group Calendar, Fall Kick Off Party, Winter Holiday Party, Valentine’s Party, End of Year Picnic, Ice Skating, and so much more!
Cost: $20

The Ark Family Resource, Ministry & Learning Center
Laura Straus
Geographic Area Serving: Capron/Harvard, Illinois
Description: We are relatively new to the Capron/Harvard Stateline area of Illinois and Wisconsin and are opening up the resource center to promote home schooling and offer family support. Our group offers a resource center, classroom space, and may be open to members throughout the week for their educational, support, or encouragement needs. Sometimes just a place to do homework together or a mom's time out! All ages served. 0-4 in the Pre-K area, offering a soft play gym and wide variety of early learning materials and supervision as parent's need time out or to work with older children. 5-12 Age groups have a variety of resources, classes and activities to choose from.13+ For the older groups, activities are organized based on the needs, requests and free choice. Parent Development programs offered Summer programs organizing now. Check web site for calendars.
Requirements: All families are required to complete registration forms and acknowledge receipt of the policy handbook. We are a not for profit organization so donations are requested for various activities and to help support the resource center. While we have Christian values and operate under them, we do not require members to sign a statement of faith to participate.
Benefits: We are organizing year round programs and a newsletter for members as well as email calendar updates. A wide variety of seminars and on site resources are available for member's use. Eventually we will be scheduling field trips and other special activity days. A variety of flexible choices and schedules are available to members, from family support to instructor workshops, to cooperative learning experiences, all supporting the family unit and enhancing the learning experiences of our children. Outdoor areas are available to members for nature hikes, outdoor education, small river fishing, playground, camping and picnicking.
Cost: $50 yearly

The Prairie Connection for Christian Homeschoolers
The Prairie Connection Leadership
Geographic Area Serving: Northern Illinois counties of DuPage, Kane, Cook, etc.
Description: The Prairie Connection for Christian Homeschoolers is a non-profit support group serving the Northern Illinois counties of DuPage, Kane, Cook and surrounding areas. Our mission is to provide support, information and encouragement to Christian families who wish to home educate their children. Parents and children meet informally on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month for fun and fellowship. Membership is FREE!
Requirements: Signature for Statement of Faith
Benefits: Membership includes a monthly newsletter, legislative news and alerts, membership card, resource library, handbook.
Cost: None

Tri-County Christian Home Educators - TCHE
Sheri Klaas
Laura Carlson
Geographic Area Serving: La Salle, DeKalb, Kendall Counties, Illinois
Description: Tri-County Christian Home Ed. (TCHE) is a Christian Home Education group that currently services around 60 families. Our ages range from pre-school thru high school. Our monthly support group meets on the first Thursday of the month at 7:00p.m. We meet at Parkview Christian Academy in Yorkville. Our group also has several other opportunities throughout the year. Fieldtrips, Coop, Art and Science Fair are a few.
Requirements: All members must sign our statement of faith and pay a yearly fee.
Benefits: Our group provides a monthly support meeting. We have a monthly newsletter as well as an in-house resource library. We have a very active membership, with families participating in activities such as, library clubs, planned fieldtrips, coop, and moms nights out.
Cost: $30 yearly

VOYCE Home School group
Andrea Bailey
Geographic Area Serving: South Chicago, South Suburbs, Northwest Indiana
Description: VOYce is a homeschool groupT that provides support for working parents interested in homeschooling for academic and religious reasons. We seek to build Christian character,while providing excellence in academics. We are a Christian group that seeks to provide opportunities that relate to the education of children and the support of their families. Our group is for those already homeschooling or curious about homeschooling their daughters in grades 6-8. We provide 3 1/2 days of structured learning and 1 1/2 days of social and immersive learning activities including field trips and community service. We also schedule parent involvement and student advocacy workshops. We are based in the Beverly area and our activities span the metropolitan Chicago area, primarily the south side and south suburbs. We also help with state compliance for your child's educational goals.
Requirements: We work with middle school aged girls (ages 12-15 or grades 6-10) and we ask that parents be participative in their child's learning process.
Benefits: We provide a safe and secure learning environment free of bullying and other social and academic obstacles. For working parents we can assist with educational goals around your schedule.
Cost: books and supplies

West-Suburban Moms Who Homeschool Teens
Muriel Beth Wheeler
Geographic Area Serving: Western Suburbs (focus on Kane County, but surrounding areas also welcome)
Description: The purpose of this group is to provide support for moms in Kane County (and surrounding areas) who are currently homeschooling high-school-age teens. We are a diverse, secular group, open to homeschoolers and unschoolers of all religions and learning-styles. We are united in our desire to provide educational and social opportunities that further the growth of our children and help them to become mindful, independent young adults.
Requirements: All homeschoolers of high-school aged teens are welcome to join our group.
Benefits: Support
Cost: None

Will Unschoolers
Olif VanPelt
Geographic Area Serving: DuPage, Will, Kane and surrounding counties in Illinois
Description: Our group consists of about 20 families with children 0-12 years old. We are interested in expanding the age. We are currently meeting every Wednesday alternating between the Joliet and Naperville/Aurora area.
Requirements: Our members are following the unschooling philosophy. We are open to everyone. We have no religious or other requirements.
Benefits: We provide support to unschooling families and families who want more information on this type of lifestyle. We have weekly playgroups and occasional fieldtrips.
Cost: None