New Jersey: Support Groups
Atlantic Learning Network
Julia Corson
AtlanticLearning@comcast.net
AtlanticLearningNetwork-owner@yahoogroups.com
Geographic Area Serving: Atlantic County, New Jersey
Description: The Atlantic Learning Network, based in Atlantic County, New Jersey, gathers home schoolers in this area for regular activities and support meetings. Our network family stays connected through the use of Yahoo! Groups. This is NOT a group based on religion, it is a HOME SCHOOL GROUP, a group based on the common desire to home school our children. All are welcomed, and respected, with the expectation of respecting!
Requirements: None
Benefits: There are several benefits to becoming a member of our organization. Our members are close friends and we have a great time when we get together. Of course we also have a common interest, and we hope to further our cause.
Cost: None
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Burlington County Homeschoolers Together
Geographic Area Serving: Burlington County, New Jersey
Description: A group of Homeschoolers or those considering homeschooling in Burlington County!! There will be many trips planned play dates and Educational Get Togethers!! Time for Mom's and Dad's!! The group will be open to ideas and suggestions and should be as personal as possible!! If you are looking for involvement for your children and have trouble finding activities that include all of your children regardless of age differences look no further. This group will focus on making sure that your pre-schooler or High School student will be included in all activities!! This is not to condone the idea that "homeschooler's are unsocialized"!!! Just the opposite to address the fact that they are a group of great kids with as many interests and personalities!! Please only join if you are looking for a Home school Group that is tight knit and will respect all members. I hope that all will understand that there will be many different personalities and that is what makes the world beautiful. Each person has good to contribute and it will be a great place to make your mark. I believe that as a group we can help our children learn to make meaningful relationships and have a place where their interests will be recognized and respected, but more importantly addressed!!! Everyone needs friends they can count on at anytime and this will be the place to find them!!!
Requirements: None
Benefits: We offer field trips, playdates and Mom Time. New Group Join now and take part in helping us Grow!!
Cost: None
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Catholic Homeschoolers of New Jersey (CHNJ)
Phyllis Kiernan
kiernanfamily7@netzero.net
Jodi Eckle-Cifrese
JMMCBandZ@juno.com
Geographic Area Serving: State of New Jersey
Description: CHNJ is a coalition of Roman Catholic homeschool support groups in the state of New Jersey.
Requirements: You must be a local Roman Catholic support group in New Jersey in order to be part of our coalition. Since each member group is autonomous, CHNJ will not concern itself with whether an individual group has affiliations with national homeschooling groups; neither will CHNJ get involved in a group's liturgical preferences, be they Novus Ordo, Indult, or non-diocesan Traditional Chapels.
Benefits: CHNJ helps Catholic homeschoolers find a local support group, maintains a web site to offer information on curriculum, books, and other useful information, provides legal and political information when needed, creates a unified voice representing all Catholics in the state in legislative matters, provides a means of communication between all Catholic support groups in New Jersey in matters affecting them as Catholics, homeschoolers, or parents, and maintains the CHNJ Yahoo list as a means of discussion and information sharing between individual Catholic homeschoolers.
Cost: None
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CHAPLET Representative
CHAPLET
chaplet@chaplet.org
Geographic Area Serving: Burlington/Camden Counties, New Jersey
Description: CHAPLET is a group of 55 Roman Catholic home educators.There are over 200 children, of all ages, spread throughout Camden and Burlington Counties.
Requirements: All current home educators, as well as those considering home education, are welcome. You need not be Roman Catholic, but must understand that most activities will be distinctly Catholic.
Benefits: We sponsor the annual statewide Catholic homeschool conference. Activities include Little Flowers, Knights of Our Lady, Pilgrims of the Holy Family, monthly parents' meetings, monthly Mass and picnic, and more. We communicate via a Yahoo! group and the directory of families and monthly newsletter are distributed through the Yahoo! group.
Cost: $7 yearly
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Cornerstone Home Educators
Karen May
cornerstone.home.educators1@verizon.net
856-262-9127
Geographic Area Serving: Camden/Gloucester Counties, New Jersey
Description: Cornerstone Home Educators is a Christian support group consisting of approximately 35 families. We are based in Gloucester County but open to all South Jersey homeschoolers. All are welcome!!
Requirements: None
Benefits: We offer field trips, sports, monthly support group meetings, young men's club for boys 10 and older, monthly newsletter, classes, community service projects and other social activities.
Cost: $15 yearly
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Crossway Community
Tricia McQuarrie
mcquacks2@msn.com
Geographic Area Serving: Atlantic & Cape May Counties, New Jersey
Description: We are a network of South Jersey families, from various backgrounds, who are commited to home educating their children. Please note this is a Christian group believing and operating on Biblical standards. This is a faith-based loop but ALL are welcome!!
Requirements: This list is for those who are CURRENTLY homeschooling OR have HS Grads.
Benefits: Resources for local homeschool events and tips, yahoogroup to provide a place to exchange information and support, Park Days, Mom's Social Nights/Breakfasts, Various field trips, Art Events, Museum trips; Also, several learning coops belong to this group, where families pool talents to teach children together.
Cost: Onetime Dues
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Cumberland Area Homeschoolers
Melanie Rose
CumberlandAreaHomeschoolers-owner@yahoogroups.com
856-265-1928
Geographic Area Serving: Cumberland County, New Jersey
Description: The purpose of Cumberland Area Homeschoolers is to provide a friendly, welcoming group atmosphere for local homeschooling families. We organize support group meetings for adults and weekly enrichment activities and field trips geared toward the children. We do not endorse any particular learning style or schooling method. Cumberland Area Homeschoolers does not discriminate against nor endorse any religious, political, or social viewpoints.
Requirements: To be considered an active member you must pay yearly dues, attend 3 support group meetings per year and be involved with the activities and field trips.
Benefits: Monthly Support group meetings, bimonthly newsletters, weekly activities for the children, monthly field trips, online support through a yahoo group.
Cost: $10 yearly
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Delaware Classical Home Educators Network
DCHEN Representative
patncarole@yahoo.com
DEClassicalHomeEducatorsNetwork-owner@yahoogroups.com
Geographic Area Serving: Northern Delaware, NE Maryland, SW New Jersey and SE Pennsylvania
Description: This discussion loop is intended as an on-line extension of the classical network group in the northern Delaware, northeastern Maryland, southwestern New Jersey, and southeastern Pennsylvanica area. This group is for those following the classical homeschooling education model, such as described in "The Well Trained Mind" (Jessie Wise and Susan Bauer) or similar method.We are an all-inclusive Classical home educators support group, with members in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersy and Pennsylvania, meeting year-round to chat, discuss goals and educational resources, and to support each other.This group is open to families who are actively home educating children in grades K - 12. We are open to discussing issues of classical education with those who are considering classically homeschooling their children in the future.
Requirements: You will need to introduce yourself to the moderators before being approved for membership. After approval, you will be asked to introduce yourself to the group as well.
Benefits: This is a forum for exchanging information, ideas, upcoming events, opportunities, and resources in support of our common effort to provide a classical education for our children. As a smaller group it will afford us the opportunity to get to know each other.
Cost: None
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Deutsche Spielgruppe/German Playgroup
Evelyn Preuss
evelyn.preuss@gmail.com
Geographic Area Serving: Rockland and Bergen Counties, New York/New Jersey
Description: The primary goal of the group is to give the children the opportunity to interact with their peers in German. We either do outings or half-day fieldtrips or otherwise alternate meeting at members' homes.Moms and Dads with children aged 0 to ten welcome.
Requirements: requirement is that the parent speaks German with his or her child and interacts with the other parents in German also. It doesn't have to be perfect, but it should be understandable.
Benefits: Past outings included the Storm King Arts Center, New York Botanical Garden, Bear Mountain Zoo, Van Saun Park. Activities included reading stories, baking cookies, singing songs, making music and seeding plants. New ideas are always welcome!
Cost: None
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Doorposts Christian Homeschoolers of South Jersey
Doorposts Representative
doorposts@yahoo.com
856-885-7912
Geographic Area Serving: Williamstown, New Jersey
Description: Doorposts Christian Homeschoolers of South Jersey meets the first Friday of each month in the CDC building at St. Matthew's Baptist Church from 6:30-8:30pm. We are a Christian group with a multicultural focus open to homeschoolers throughout South Jersey.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Doorposts Christian Homeschoolers offers planned field trips, monthly activities, resource listings, encouragement, support and more! We actively explore homeschooling from a Christian as well as uniquely African American, multicultural perspective.
Cost: $20 yearly
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Educators Network of Christian Homeschoolers of NJ
Richard Millward, President
office@enochnj.org
732-291-7800
Geographic Area Serving: State of New Jersey
Description: ENOCH of NJ is a non-profit volunteer organization whose goals are: to PROVIDE aid in the creation & growth of Christian support groups & a network to support group leaders, to PROCLAIM the advantages of home education to the general public, to PROTECT the future freedoms of home education in the state of NJ, and to PROMOTE home education programs and events that are vital to homeschoolers. It is a state-wide organization designed to support group leaders. You can subscribe to our free newsletter. This list is used to notify the home schooling community of changes to the website, of important news, and of our monthly newsletter.
Requirements: None
Benefits: ENOCH of NJ runs a state-wide convention each year, keeps an eye on the legislative environment in NJ, maintains a frequently updated website, and disseminates a monthly e-newsletter.
Cost: None
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Holy Family Catholic Homeschool Group
Lori Howard
pcgirl333@yahoo.com
Geographic Area Serving: Ocean County, Monmouth County - Based in the Toms River area
Description: Come and meet other Catholic Christians who are living their vocation by homeschooling their children! A group dedicated to fun, family and sharing the joys and difficulties of Catholic homeschooling. Where families seek to grow in holiness together! Meetings are generally held the third Friday of the month.
Requirements: Friendly Homeschoolers or those looking into homeschooling *Completely Faithful to the Holy Father and the precepts of the Catholic Church*
Benefits: Socializing with other like minded individuals that are living an authentic Catholic life while HOMESCHOOLING! Field Trips, Playdate and more to be scheduled
Cost: A can or package of food for the local food pantry, unless required for a field trip
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Homeschoolers of Central NJ
Dawn Hugg
dawnmhugg@yahoo.com
Geographic Area Serving: Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Somerset counties, New Jersey
Description: This group is email based through Yahoo Groups. This group meets once a week at Mercer County Park to offer support to homeschooling families in Central New Jersey. We are not affiliated with any religious denomination. We are open to all homeschoolers.
Requirements: You must be approved by the moderator before posting (this is done through the website).We do not accept spam or politically motivated posts.
Benefits: Through emails, members post about trips, events, ongoing activities, resources, discussion topics and provide general support.
Cost: None
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Homeschoolers of Middletown
Homeschool Middleton Representative
HomeschoolMiddletownAreaNJ-owner@yahoogroups.com
Geographic Area Serving: Middletown, New Jersey
Description: This group is entirely devoted to Social Activities for Homeschoolers in Middletown NJ and the surrounding areas. If you want to form a club, plan an event or just meet other homeschoolers, this is a great place to meet up or just chat.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Active online yahoo group, 4H, field trips, resources, playground days
Cost: None
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Jr. Explorers Club for Homeschoolers
Grace Ciszkoski
Ciszko@hotmail.com
onejoyfulheart@hotmail.com
Geographic Area Serving: Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, New York
Description: The Jr. Explorers Club is a parent-sponsored, free activity club for homeschooled kids ages 4-18. We go on fun, educational field trips each month to locations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and New York. The Philadelphia Chapter is currently the largest in the nation with over 750 children as members.
Requirements: Must attend one trip per year
Benefits: Fun and educational programs, classes, concerts and tours; Free gym day each month at a local recreation center; Reading incentive program that earns free books for children; Community service opportunities
Cost: None
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Kids' Homeschool Network
Mary Beth Agnello
kidshomeschoolnetwork@hotmail.com
Geographic Area Serving: Hunterdon and surrounding counties. Flemington, Raritan, Clinton, and surrounding areas.
Description: The Kids' Homeschool Network meets weekly on Thursdays and Fridays and offers a variety of opportunities for homeschoolers to learn and grow educationally and socially. Recent activities include: classes and clubs in accounting, writing, history, geography, Chinese, Shakespeare, karate, sign language, engineering, web design, robotics, and more. Annual activities include: Field Day, a Talent Show, Archaeological Dig, holiday parties, and family dances. We are all-inclusive and parent-run.
Requirements: Membership fee and parent participation.
Benefits: Support and activities
Cost: Varies according to class choices
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Living Water Home Educators
Ro Laberee
lwheinfo@verizon.net
Geographic Area Serving: Burlington County, Camden County, Gloucester County, Mercer County, Ocean County, Atlantic County
Description: We are a homeschool support group with over 220 member families from South and Central NJ. We have an educational co-op with over 300 kids, K to 12th. Some of what we offer: Field trips, 8th grade graduation, 12th grade graduation, Middle School Social club, High School social club, Annual Mom's tea, Annual Retreat, Thanksgiving Feast, Christmas banquet, Valentine's party, Drama Club, Talent Show, Spelling Bee, Science Fair, IOWA testing, Homeschooling through High School team, Newbie team, the list goes on .... LWHE has been helping homeschoolers for over 20 years. We are a non-profit NJ corporation. Most of our members are Christian but our group is open to all home educators.
Requirements: Acknowledgement of leadership's statement of faith.
Benefits: Listed above. We do it all.
Cost: $25 yearly
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New Egypt Homeschoolers
Staci D'Amore
stacid1234@yahoo.com
Geographic Area Serving: New Egypt and surrounding areas, New Jersey
Description: Our group is located in New Egypt, NJ. Homeschoolers that are in our group are from New Egypt, Jackson, Browns Mills, Wrightstown, North Hanover, East Windsor and many other areas. We meet once a month and sometimes more times. We do trips, monthly meetings and activities, Mom nights out, park days and more. We have kids of all ages and homeschool families from all backgrounds. Please email for more info on the group.
Requirements: There are no fees, unless stated for a monthly activity or for a trip.
Benefits: Some benefits are we have over 125 families in the group. There will always be someone who can help you out with something and provide you with some info on homeschool. It is a great way to network with some good homeschool families and make life long friends for you and your children.
Cost: None
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New Jersey Homeschoolers
LisaJean
NJ_Homeschoolers-owner@yahoogroups.com
Geographic Area Serving: State of New Jersey
Description: Open to all New Jersey homeschoolers, we are an eclectic group who embrace diversity. All people, regardless of religion, race or creed, are welcome to join. This is an unmoderated list and debate will not be censored. We ask that all members be sensitive to the diversity of the group when considering whether a topic is appropriate for posting.
Requirements: Members should be homeschoolers or considering homeschooling and live in New Jersey or one of its border states or be considering a move to New Jersey.
Benefits: We are a large, active, inclusive email list. Members are free post announcements of activities in their area or plan group field trips via the list.
Cost: None
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NJ Homeschool Hangout
Cheryl
njhsho@aol.com
Geographic Area Serving: Northern NJ
Description: This group is open to all Homeschoolers and those who are considering doing so in the future. We are an eclectic group who embrace diversity! All people, regardless of religion, race, or beliefs are welcome to join. We are an all inclusive group and enjoy the diversity of ideas, events, and experiences for our children. We are committed to providing FUN, interesting, social, and informational opportunities for all home-schooling parents and their children in and around Northern New Jersey. Most of our events are in Morris, Passaic, and Bergen Counties although we do sometimes have events throughout NJ, NY, PA, and CT. Through our numerous events and activities, home-schooling parents are given the opportunities to share news, information, and resources available to families here in our area. As a group we create opportunities for projects, field trips, community service, park days, family gatherings, discussion groups and sharing of resources. Everyone is welcome to join in any or all of the activities. We have many wonderful families aboard who offer encouragement and support, along with fun and educational activities.
Requirements: •Members and their children must be respectful of others at all events. •We would love to see members host at least one meetup a year although this isn't a requirement •Members need to RSVP to all events they are attending and update all RSVP's if plans change. •If any problems/questions occur, please contact any one of the organizers. Keep in mind we can't fix a problem if we aren't aware of it.
Benefits: • Invitations to our many social meetups and automatic notification of events • Friendships for both parents and children • Moms Nights Out and New Member Meet and Greets • Full access to the online calendar which is packed with things to do (includes Homeschool Events and FYI Family Events) • Member-only discounts & coupons to local attractions and businesses • Member-only business section which allows members to post and advertise their home business • Surprise raffles of items generously donated by our Sponsors • Group is private so peace of mind that any events, pictures, personal information posted will be kept private. Organizers do their best to ensure the privacy and safety of this group.
Cost: $2.50 monthly; $30 yearly
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Skylands Homeschool Community
Shannon Entin
shannonentin@gmail.com
Geographic Area Serving: Warren, Hunterdon, Sussex, Morris counties and surrounding areas.
Description: Skylands Homeschooling Community is a support group for homeschooling families in the NJ Skylands area. Our mission is to give our children and ourselves the opportunity to share ideas, friendships and educational activities. While we do not have a formal meeting time, we generally meet once per month for field trips, playgroups, park days, and educational activities. We are all-inclusive and parent-run.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Support and activities
Cost: None
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South Jersey Homeschoolers
Rose Sias
rose@thetutornj.com
856-327-1224
Geographic Area Serving: South New Jersey
Description: We are a diverse group of parents dedicated to "teaching our own." We agree that there is NO one-right-way to homeschool, therefore we learn and share our experiences.Our activities are based on the parent's willingness to volunteer for a position. Our regularly scheduled support meeting is the second Friday of each month from September through June. The time is 12 noon to 2 p.m.at The Loyle Lanes Bowling Alley in Vineland, NJ. Children have supervised bowling while parents attend a meeting for encouragement and information. Children under 6 have a craft class.
Requirements: Pay membership dues and volunteer for one light position; We are open to all homeschoolers regardless of race, religion, or homeschooling style.
Benefits: Our members are placed on our Yahoo Email Group, where they receive daily emails about activities for their children and important information. They can borrow books from our Homeschool Library. Families can participate in all of our field trips and clubs.
Cost: $15 yearly
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Sussex County Christian Home Schoolers
Geographic Area Serving: the Tri-State Area NJ, NY, PA
Description: Sussex County Christian Home Schoolers, Inc. is a non-profit 501c3 group of home schoolers who live in Sussex County, NJ and the surrounding areas. We are an open support group with Christian By-Laws and our Advisory Council Members are actively homeschooling. We are parents and guardians who are committed to educating our children in a Christian environment and meet regularly for our mutual support in this endeavor. Collectively, we represent many denominations, but we intend that all of our activities and interactions be clearly consistent with Biblical principles.
Requirements: Families register as a Voting or Non-Voting Member by reading and acknowledging their agreement with the Statement of Faith.
Benefits: While respecting the autonomy of each family school, our purpose is to share ideas, materials, experiences, information, to offer social and comprehensive learning opportunities for our children, and support member families.
Cost: $15 yearly
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The Learning Community (TLC) of Bergen NJ and Rockland
Cynthia
amazzingpet@aol.com
Geographic Area Serving: Bergen County, New Jersey, Rockland County, New York and the surrounding areas
Description: We are a diverse group of homeschoolers, including unschoolers, that provides gatherings and support for children of preschool through high school ages.
Requirements: 1.Attachment Parent 2.Striving to practice respectful parenting (but realizing that we are all human) 3.Committed to homeschooling
Benefits: Currently a *minimum* of 5 monthly gatherings: 1. Monthly Gathering 2. Monthly Field Trip - museum, zoo, aquarium, theatre amusement park. 3. Monthly Park Day - Indoor or Outdoor facility 4. Monthly Book Club - For adults and children 5. Monthly Weekend Event - to ensure that working parents can also benefit from support and friendship. We usually have much, much more planned than the above. Parents will plan classes for their child's age group, including pottery, art and cooking for all age groups.
Cost: None
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Unschoolers and Others
Unschoolers and Others Representative
Unschoolersandothers@yahoo.com
Geographic Area Serving: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey & Pennsylvania, centered in Northern Delaware.
Description: An alternative group of home educators. Our email list is to discuss goals and educational directions, share resources, and support each other in a non-religious framework. We offer weekly park days year-round, monthly roller skating and rock-climbing, and various other one-time family activities.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Activities and email list
Cost: None
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Warren Hunterdon Christian Homeschoolers
Pam Turner
pmcjturner@hotmail.com
908-387-9411
Geographic Area Serving: Warren and Hunterdon Counties in New Jersey
Description: A group of Christian parents who meet to support each other as we homeschool our children.
Requirements: Members must sign a statement of faith
Benefits: Homeschool library with over 1,000 titles, monthly support group meetings, family nights, field trips and other activities.
Cost: $20 yearly
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