Washington: Support Groups
ACE (Autodidact Community Enthusiasts)
Lori
lori@novah.org
360-837-3760
Geographic Area Serving: Vancouver area
Description: A group of relaxed homeschoolers and unschoolers which meets weekly for friendship and fun. Join us Fridays in Camas, in the Scout Building in Crown Park from 2-5pm. Open to all homeschoolers, not religiously affiliated.
Requirements: Our group members must be interested in homeschooling and open minded. Free group for support,
Benefits: Yahoo group; facebook group; regular playdays; various events as members choose to plan them; facilitate contact among member families.
Cost: None
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Burien Homeschoolers' Support Association
Vicki Cate
206-242-2820
Geographic Area Serving: Burien, Washington
Description: Burien Homeschoolers' Support Assoc. is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to assist parents who are considering homeschooling to make an informed choice and to offer support and information to those who choose to homeschool their children. Burien HSA meets at highline Christian Church, 14849 1st Ave S in Burien on the 4th Monday of the month at 7 pm.
Requirements: The cost is free to participate in the Burien chapter meetings and yahoo group: groups.yahoo.com/group/BurienHSA. To join HSA it is $25.00 a year for the family. Members receive a newsletter, and are eligible to participate in all HSA chapter meetings, fieldtrips, and activities.
Benefits: HSA provides: Network of homeschoolers that are there to support, inform and encourage you on your homeschooling journey! Activities, play days, field trips, sports, and classes so you can connect with other homeschooling families.
Cost: None
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CHECK
Michelle Tvedt
mmtvedt@clearwire.net
Nancy Enneking
tjneking@msn.com
Geographic Area Serving: Tri Cities, Washington
Description: Christian Home Educators Cooperative for Kids (CHECK) is for ages preschool through high school. It meets every Wednesday from 9-3:00 September through the end of March. You do not have to take classes all day - just sign up for those of interest to you. Teachers are parents who donate their time, but set their own material fees, if necessary. If you do not want to teach, there are plenty of other ways to volunteer. Need to sign up in early July for Sept classes. For more information visit the website.
Requirements: Parents contribute to the co-op by volunteering their time in the classroom as a teacher or an aide, with administrative duties, fundraising, or any logistical needs required. In this way, parents are always directly involved.
Benefits: Being involved in a co-op can prevent you from feeling overwhelmed and burned out---why do it alone, when you can have a tremendous support group every week? As a result of these benefits to you, your students are also receiving benefits to their schooling experiences. They are receiving quality teaching from others with similar beliefs, learning to interact with others in a small and friendly classroom setting, and are exposed to the diverse interests and expertise of others in your group. To have other adults, whom your children respect, reinforcing your convictions and ideals, is a benefit to your family that is incomparable. Another wonderful benefit is in the form of "good" peer pressure---to feel the need to turn in their best effort for their Co-Op class.
Cost: $50 yearly
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Christian Association of Parent Educators - C.A.P.E.
Sue Gough
trout819@hotmail.com
509-698-3796
capenews2007@yahoo.com
509-848-2752
Geographic Area Serving: Yakima & surrounding area, Washington
Description: We are a group that offers networking opportunities for homeschoolers in the Yakima Valley and beyond. We are a group of about 125 families.
Requirements: We are a Christian based organization; however, we welcome families with other beliefs.
Benefits: Your annual dues entitles you to a monthly newsletter. We also offer co-ops, PE classes, monthly parent support group meetings, field trips, Annual Project Fair, Speech & Drama Festival, Friday Forum, International Evening, skating parties, a Welcome Back Picnic, and a Hanukkah Party.
Cost: $25 yearly (several membership fee options)
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Christian Heritage Home Educators of Washington
CH Representative
ContactUs@ChristianHeritageOnline.org
509-448-5584
Geographic Area Serving: State of Washington
Description: Christian Heritage is a state-wide ministry organization committed to -- Serving the needs of Christian homeschoolers across Washington State, -- Encouraging families toward excellence in Biblical, home-based education & discipleship, and -- Helping parents pass a Godly heritage on to future generations, for God’s glory.
Requirements: Membership provides valued support for this ministry, but membership is NOT REQUIRED to participate in any of our events or services.
Benefits: Our mission is carried out, in part, through the following annual events: April State Homeschool Conferences with inspiring & practically helpful nationally-known & local speakers, regional Homeschool Kick-off Picnics, Support Group Leaders' Conference, Father/Son Retreat, East & West Side Mother/Daughter Teas, an encouraging & resource-filled website and more. See our website for more information
Cost: $35 yearly (membership optional; not required for attending above events)
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Clark County Home Educators
Connie Zumstein
cche@cchomeed.org
360-576-5357
Geographic Area Serving: Clark County, Washington
Description: Clark County Home Educators (CCHE) is a non-profit networking group dedicated to providing encouragement, resources and information to homeschooling families and the community. Monthly meetings are held on the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at First Church of God in Vancouver, WA. Meetings are open to the public and are free. (Well-behaved children are welcome.) Note: Our mailing address is PO Box 5941, Vancouver, WA 98668
Requirements: CCHE has a statement of faith, but members are not required to be in agreement.
Benefits: Membership is available for $18 per year (not required) and includes a monthly newsletter as well as other benefits.Annual community events include a Homeschool Resource and Information Fair in late August and Used Curriculum & Resource Sale in early June.
Cost: None
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EAGLES
Bev Miller
TBJEMiller@aol.com
448-2685
Geographic Area Serving: Spokane, Washington
Description: We are a fairly small Christian homeschool group with children of all ages; our members take turns planning field trips and other group activities for fun, fellowship, and education.
Requirements: Open to families who have school-age children who are being homeschooled; our desire is for all members to be active in either planning field trips/activities and/or submitting articles or helpful information to our monthly newsletter.
Benefits: Support; monthly newsletter; planned field trips and other activities; fellowship; fun!
Cost: $20 yearly
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EDUCATS
Deann Boyd
DABLefty1@aol.com
360-400-1883
Jane McCormick
Janemyron@aol.com
360-754-2497
Geographic Area Serving: Lower South Sound-Thurston/Lewis/Mason/Pierce, Washington
Description: EDUCATS is Educating Diverse & Unique Children w/ Alternative Teaching Styles. Our Purpose: To have fun. To encourage, support and assist one another in all forms of Homeschooling. To instill a life long love of learning, in our children and ourselves. EDUCATS is a 4-H affiliated group of homeschoolers who practice a wide range of educational styles and philosophies. All school aged members 5y/o by Jan. 1 thru 19y/o on Jan1 will be asked to fill out 4-H membership forms along with their EDUCATS membership form. Adults who are so inclined may take 4-H leader training. All members are valued equally. Any member is welcomed and encouraged to participate in offering events, classes and field trips at their comfort level.
Requirements: Maintain a supportive environment for all types of home education
Benefits: Dues are used for: Monthly hard copy newsletter, Yearly membership directory, Outreach (Brochures and first free issue), Reduced or free scholarship memberships, Facility rentals, Group sponsored events. Fees associated w/EDUCATS sponsored fieldtrips i.e. scheduling or processing fees. Some of what goes on in a typical month: Parent meeting, game day, lego club, Potluck, mostly-monthly fairs/expos, community service opportunities, feild trips, theatrical experiences, group movies, Amtrak trips, teen nights and lots of sharing on the members only email loop.
Cost: $20 yearly
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Fort Lewis Homeschoolers
Niki
bellssds@aol.com
Tanya
boudreauxtanya@yahoo.com
Geographic Area Serving: Tacoma, Puyallup, Olympia, Washington
Description: The Fort Lewis Homeschool (FLH) Group is a nonpartisan loosely structured group of homeschoolers from different backgrounds, each using a variety of homeschooling methods or philosophies for educating our children at home. We are brought together by our common bond: having an active duty family member stationed at a base in Washington State.
Requirements: All homeschoolers affiliated with the military who are stationed in Washington State are welcome. While we do not endorse any particular religious or philosophical tradition we do require respectful and tolerant dialogue. Members are encouraged to post ideas for get-togethers, activities, field trips or information particularly relevant to homeschoolers at Fort Lewis Army base or McChord Air Force Base or other military installations in the area.
Benefits: The group’s purpose is to: 1) Meet socially, both on- and off-post, for activities and play; 2) Support one another as we homeschool while facing unique stressors related to military life, such as deployment of a spouse; 3) Help homeschoolers newly assigned to the Fort Lewis and McChord area meet others and locate homeschooling resources in the community We plan field trips and regular gatherings for social and enrichment purposes.
Cost: None
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Gig Harbor Homeschoolers
Peggy Porter
GigHarborHomeschoolers@comcast.net
Geographic Area Serving: Gig Harbor and surrounding communities
Description: Connection opportunities for Gig Harbor area homeschoolers.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Monthly parent meetings offer opportunity to share encouragement and information and ideas and experience-based recommendations. Organizing gives us opportunity to claim group field trip privileges and group purchase discounts, as well as a means for meeting nearby homeschooling families with whom to build relationships.
Cost: None
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Home Educators' Cooperative of the Mid-Columbia
Mary Ellen Gates
HECMC-owner@yahoogroups.com
HECMC-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
Geographic Area Serving: Tri-Cities: Kennewick, Pasco, Richland and Southeastern Washington State
Description: Home Educators' Cooperative of the Mid-Columbia (Tri-Cities, Southeastern WA State)The purpose of the Home Educators’ Cooperative of the Mid-Columbia (HECMC) is to create a cooperative and supportive community of homeschooling families without regard to educational, political or religious philosophy. It is envisioned as a base for activities, outings and workshops, to meet the needs and interests of both novice and seasoned homeschoolers across the region. We are a cooperative support group, meaning that all members need to contribute to the group in order to make us grow and thrive.
Requirements: Anonymous members are not accepted at this time. To join the group, write a short introduction that includes your full name and explains why you would like to join.
Benefits: Yahoo groups web page and E-mail list allows members to share ideas, resources, and support. Activities vary based on member interests--park days, field trips, small group classes, etc.
Cost: None
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Homeschool Moms Oasis
Berdie Brennan
brennanmomof5@yahoo.com
360-578-0207
Barb Shelton
beshelton@aol.com
Geographic Area Serving: Longview, Kelso, Castle Rock, and Kalama (and as far as anyone wants to travel, actually!)
Description: We make a lovely card in the morning, enjoy a potluck lunch, go for a walk in the country (to counter-balance a lot of sitting; this is optional; feel free to stay back and just relax, but bring your walking shoes if you want to go!), and then we have a time of teaching, ministry, dessert, and fellowship for the bulk of the afternoon! PLACE: We meet at Barb (sometimes Berdie’s) home. MEETING DATE/TIME: A Saturday morning once every other month, from 10:30am to 4:30pm.
Requirements: You must sign up ahead to save a spot; then you will be told that month’s location. No childcare. This is for Moms only; nursing babies 3 months and under may come with moms. We only have room for 15 each time, so this is by reservation only. To reserve a spot, contact Berdie with your email address, and you will be put on our "contact about the next Oasis" list. Once the announcement goes out, it’s on a “first come, first get the spots” basis each time.
Benefits: A day of refreshment, refilling, refocusing and fellowship for homeschooling moms! This is truly an oasis for busy moms ~ spiritually, mentally, creatively, emotionally, and socially!
Cost: Free!!! (other than bringing a dish for the potluck lunch)
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Homeschoolers On Whidbey (HOW)
HOW Representative
info@howonline.org
newcontacts@howonline.org
Geographic Area Serving: Whidbey Island, Washington
Description: Our Mission Statement: HOW is an inclusive organization offering support and information pertaining to Home-based Instruction, commonly known as homeschooling. It seeks to provide a means by which members assist one another in the adventure of educating their children at home.
Requirements: No requirements, if you need anything in particular, all you need to do is ask.
Benefits: SOCIALIZATION! Kids (and parents too!) will have plenty of opportunities to meet and interact with other kids at: Park Days, Field Trips, Organized Activities, Special Events, a variety of Clubs & HOW Workshops and Classes. Monthly Newsletter~ a wealth of information to keep you informed of important statewide homeschooling news, meeting info, links, submit your child’s accomplishments to be published plus lots more! Monthly Meetings~ with special guest speakers Open House Gallery~ to exhibit children’s work Opportunities for children to perform or speak in front of others Mom’s (or Dad’s) Game Night Out Discounts on Standardized Testing Service Use of HOW’s ever growing Lending Library incl.software and books Scholastic & Usborne Book Ordering Service.
Cost: $15 yearly
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Homeschooling in Christ
Dawn Rosevelt
rosevelt@myexcel.com
360-652-1807
Geographic Area Serving: Snohomish County, Washington
Description: Homeschooling In Christ is a Christian homeschool support group serving families in the Snohomish County area of Washington State since 1999. We are a non-denominational, Christ-centered, support group, desiring to help each person grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. We provide information on educational opportunities, academic and curriculum reviews, guidance, encouragement, and spiritual support as well as many regular activities.
Requirements: Active participation in the group is required. If you do not attend any functions once on the main list, you will be unable to renew your membership for the following year. All members are required to help out in some capacity within the course of the year. We would appreciate everyone contributing in some capacity at events that they attend. Members of the Homeschooling In Christ group also agree and adhere to both the Statement of Faith and the Rules of Conduct.
Benefits: Encouragement and valuable resources from other homeschoolers. Christian fellowship for you and your child(ren), bible studies, meetings, parties, trips and tours. Mom's night out, yearly retreats and so much more.
Cost: $20 yearly
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L.I.F.E. in the Gorge Homeschool Group
Loraine Creon
tlcreon@gmail.com
Liz Green
Geographic Area Serving: The Columbia River Gorge
Description: We are a Christian homeschool group that offers support to each other in person and through our yahoo group. We have various activities and field trip collaboration. We're a cooperative group, though some are looked to as leaders and veterans, we appreciate everyone's input and contribution.
Requirements: Must be a homeschooler :D
Benefits: Support and activities
Cost: None
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Latter-Day Family Scholars
Allyson Halpin
allyson.halpin@comcast.net
509-467-3598
ldfs-owner@yahoogroups.com
509-533-1036
Geographic Area Serving: Spokane and surrounding area, Washington
Description: Our group is of moderate size and serves LDS homeschooling families in the Spokane Washingon area. Children range in age from toddler to 16 years old. We meet 3 times a month for activities, field trips and book discussions.
Requirements: This group is for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Each parent is expected to assist with one or two activities/field trips a year.
Benefits: Each month we have a field trip and an activity. Some activities have become an annual event such as "jump-rope day", singing at the veterans hospital, and staging a historical play. We also have book discussion groups for all ages that meet monthly. Mothers get together for a monthly "moms night" to support each other and share our knowledge and experience. We share info with each other via our yahoo group.
Cost: None
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LDS-Oregon Home Educators Association
Ann Agent
ann@lds-ohea.org
503-629-2590
Geographic Area Serving: Oregon & SW Washington
Description: Network of over 280 families from Oregon & SW Washington who seek support from other LDS homeschooling families. Members are encouraged to share news, activities that others may benefit from. Mostly an online resource through the website and eMail newsletter. Annual Conference.
Requirements: We follow the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Benefits: Benefits include eMail Newsletter of activities and homeschool legislation watch. Various sponsored activities throughout the year, field trips, science fair, park days, picnic and Annual Conference. Website resource includes message board, library of articles, links and password protected membership directory access to full members. Some members prefer Newsletter only participation and are not posted in the membership directory.
Cost: None
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Lewis-ThurstonHSers
Lynette Anderson
Lewis-ThurstonHSers-owner@yahoogroups.com
Geographic Area Serving: Lewis and Thurston Counties, Washington
Description: An e-mail list is for homeschooling families in LEWIS and THURSTON counties in WASHINGTON state. This is not specifically a Christian list. It is open to all families from different walks of life who choose to educate their children in the nurturing environment of the home. Share information about support groups, cooperative groups, field trips, curriculum sales, and other special events in our local area. Feel free to discuss curriculum, and share links to educational sites, freebies or other family oriented sites.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Contact with homeschoolers in Lewis & Thurston counties of WA State
Cost: None
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Liahona Home Educators
Lisa Blanchard
dlnbakt@comcast.net
Geographic Area Serving: Clark County and surrounding areas, Washington
Description: LHE is a local area homeschool group that uses an email group for discussion, event reminders, planning, etc. All of our news and information goes thru the email group. We are an active group and love to have new families join us. Our activities and events are varied and depend upon what the needs/wants of the group members are.Our activities have included holiday parties, park days, a ballistics club, an American Girls club, book clubs, Mom's Nights, field trips, Tween game nights, Teen game nights, etc.
Requirements: LHE is a homeschool support group whose participants are predominantly members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We uphold the standards of the LDS church at all of our meetings, activities, and functions and we invite all who will abide by these standards to join us. We are not sponsored by the LDS church--we are an independent group whose participants are mostly members of the LDS church.
Benefits: LHE exists to provide education and support for the homeschooling family and to provide opportunities for our children to develop friendships, explore new ideas, and enhance their educational experience.
Cost: None
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Open Minded Homeschoolers In Kitsap
K Baltz
FirstwifeK@aol.com
Geographic Area Serving: Greater Kitsap County, Washington
Description: This is a group for the open minded homeschooler in Kitsap County on the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington. This list is for encouragement, support, and friendly chatter. It is open to anyone who is homeschooling or considering homeschooling. This group encourages those homeschooling independently, those using prepared curriculm, as well as those associated with or taking part with the school districts. Friendly chatter and encouragment is encouraged, legal discussions are not.
Requirements: Requirements include being willing to share, support and encourage other homeschooling parents. Flaming and Spamming will not be tolerated.
Benefits: Members are welcome to take part in park dates, field trips, and a book club as well as discussions online and sharing of information and encouragement, as well as asking questions. This is mostly an "online" group, and does not have 'required' meetings. We do sometimes meet at a local coffee shop to enjoy a moms night out.
Cost: None
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REACH East
Cheri Velotta, Secretary
reacheast@hotmail.com
Darlene Nelson, Publicity
reacheast@hotmail.com
Geographic Area Serving: King County, Washington
Description: REACH East stands for Responsible Education Achieved in the Christian Home. We are a nondenominational community of home schooling families in the Eastside and surrounding areas committed to supporting parents by providing support, fellowship and information on home education. Our monthly parent meetings are held at a local church on the second Monday evening September - May (except December). Special Events such as the Cultural Fair, Geography Bee, Spelling Bee, Science Fair and Project &Performance Night are held on different evenings and sometimes different locations. Regular Meetings are designed for parents only and offer a time of fellowship, information and discussion.
Requirements: You make us what we are! REACH East relies on volunteers and expects each member to contribute in order to achieve our goals. We are an all-volunteer organization with no paid staff, so we depend on member involvement for a successful year. Jobs are not a mandatory requirement for membership, but we encourage everyone to find a position that fits him or her.
Benefits: REACH East sponsors monthly parent meetings from September through May with speakers, topical forums and times of discussion. A lending library containing homeschooling books, tapes and videos is available for check out by the membership. Members receive REACH Out, the monthly newsletter containing articles, calendar of events, listing of amazing field trips, educational workshops and other pertinent information relating to REACH events, activities and homeschooling issues.
Cost: $35 (New Member)/$30 yearly (returning member)
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Smoothing the Way of Vancouver
Becky
rubies31@comcast.net
360-892-4212
Becky@bilble1st.net
514-6785
Geographic Area Serving: Vancouver/Clark County, Washington
Description: This is a support group for first year homeschoolers. Our monthly meetings are a forum with a veteran speaker who will encourage you and equip you to meet the challenges of your first year of home-schooling. It will also be a great time of Q & A, along with meeting new home-schoolers just like you. We meet the third Monday of the month (September-April) at Grace Baptist Church.
Requirements: None
Benefits: We provide a notebook that is built meeting by meeting through out the year. Smoothing the Way will benefit you the most if you begin the program in September and attend as many meetings as possible throughout the year. Regular attendance will also give you more opportunities to deepen your friendships with other homeschoolers. We do know, however, that people begin home schooling all through the year. For this reason, you are welcome to join Smoothing the Way at any time! Discounts are available for HSLDA and membership cards offer proof of homeschooling.
Cost: None
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SpokaneHomeSchoolers
Jen Garrison Stuber
Spokanehomeschoolers-owner@yahoogroups.com
509-590-4155
Geographic Area Serving: Eastern WA and North Idaho, Spokane Metropolitan Area.
Description: SHS is a diverse group of homeschooling parents in Eastern Washington/North Idaho's Inland Empire. We include and celebrate families across the spectrum of homeschooling styles and philosophies, and have no official political, philosophical, or religious orientation. Read more about SHS here: http://52churches.garriber.org/?p=1692
Requirements: When you apply, you'll be asked to send an introduction that includes your hopes for the list, rough geographic location, relationship to homeschooling, and your name. More info in the "Pending Member" auto file that you will receive when you apply.
Benefits: SHS exists both as an active online resource and an IRL alternative to other local homeschool groups as a place for hsers to play, learn, and relax with each other in a context where homeschooling, not religion, is the primary common denominator.
Cost: None
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St. Thomas More Home Educators
Laurie McDonald
stmhe-owner@yahoogroups.com
Geographic Area Serving: Puget Sound, Washington
Description: STMHE is an invitation-only email group. As home educators, our purpose is to provide support, assistance and education for parents, and educational opportunities for our children. As Catholics, joined by a belief in Our Lord Jesus Christ and His Holy Catholic Church, our goal is support one another in His love and to foster spiritual, as well as academic, growth in ourselves and our children. We pray our efforts will bring our group, our children and our society closer to His love.
Requirements: As Catholics, this group is 100% faithful to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church and has been placed under the patronage of St. Thomas More.
Benefits: Email networking
Cost: None
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SWAHN - Southwest WAshington Homeschool Network
Becky
rubies31@comcast.net
360-892-4212
Becky@bilble1st.net
514-6785
Geographic Area Serving: Clark County, Washington
Description: This is a net site to offer HS information for the county. There is information on beginning HS, area events, groups, classes & all resources
Requirements: None
Benefits: A FREE clearing house of information for the county
Cost: None
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Teaching Parents Association
TPA representative
info@washtpa.org
425-835-3663
Geographic Area Serving: Puget Sound Eastside, Washington
Description: Teaching Parents Association (TPA) is a non-profit organization formed in 1985. We are an all-inclusive, membership-supported organization which provides support and networking opportunities to homeschooling families in Western Washington. As a group, we have no religious or political affiliation. The members of TPA are an eclectic bunch - however you like to homeschool, and whatever your reasons, you're sure to find other homeschoolers with a similar point-of-view.
Requirements: We only require payment of dues.
Benefits: TPA offers its members an online members-only discussion group and monthly parent support meetings; TPA member voluntarily provide field trips, clubs, park days, and more.
Cost: $30 yearly ($25 renewing members)
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TLC Homeschool Group
Deann Boyd
DABLefty@aol.com
Leeann Tourtillott
ltourti@comcast.net
360-412-0366
Geographic Area Serving: Thurston/Lewis/Mason Counties, Washington
Description: TLC is a group of local families who coordinate their homeschool experiences with each other. We are an inclusive homeschool community dedicated to the education of our families through the cooperative support of our members and exploration of the world. TLC members of all ages enjoy unique and fun social and learning opportunities in a collaborative and creative environment.
Requirements: We offer open and welcome support to all homeschooling families. All members are invited and encouraged to participate at whatever level suits their needs. Participation varies, from reading the newsletter to planning experiences for interested members. If there is something related to homeschooling that you¹d like help creating, please bring it up and we¹ll help you make it happen.
Benefits: Typical Year Round Activities: Library game days, Park days, Hikes at local natural areas, Sharing information about local events and opportunities, Swim lessons at the YMCA, Field trips to local public services and businesses, 4-H group projects & Learning Units. Typical Annual Activities: Seasonal parties, International night, Science fair, Play production, Summer Camp and Camping trips, Olympia Junior Programs (inexpensive professional theater productions for school age children. Monthly newsletter, members email loop, local information and member roster
Cost: $10 yearly
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Tri-Cities Homeschool Support Group
Sammie Russel
homeschooltalk@yahoo.com
Geographic Area Serving: Tri-Cities, Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland, Washington
Description: We are a Christian homeschool support group. Our mission is to provide information, support and fellowship to local families in their homeschooling journey.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Regular subject driven meetings, such as New to homeschooling, Running Start, Homeschooling High school, etc.
Cost: None
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Valley Home Educators (VHE)
Emilie
pleatus@hotmail.com
Sandy Briggs
esbriggs@aol.com
663-0364
Geographic Area Serving: Wenatchee Valley, Cashmere, Entiat, Chalan, Leavenworth, Quincy and Waterville, Washington
Description: We are a very loose group of homeschooling families in the Wenatchee valley who support other Home-based Instruction participants. We don't always schedule regular meetings though we usually meet at least 2 to 3 times a year. We are always open to events planning and have a monthly email newsletter.
Requirements: No formal requirements other than our board allows for 1 Alternative Learning Experience Program participant. Most events are open to all.
Benefits: Connecting with homeschooling families, events and legislative news in the north central area of Washington state
Cost: None
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Washington Home Education Network (WHEN)
Emilie
pleatus@hotmail.com
Geographic Area Serving: State of Washington
Description: This is an online support group and a web-based resource. The purpose of WHEN is to help Washington State Homeschoolers (operating under the Home-based Instruction law) keep informed of what's happening around the state and the nation pertaining to homeschooling. This site grew from early Internet batch emailing communications. We filled a need to network state legislative issues and the homeschooling community.
Requirements: WHEN hopes to facilitate networking between all Home-based Instruction participants, regardless of religious, political or philosophical reasons for homeschooling.
Benefits: Delivering information on local homeschooling groups and their events. Encouraging communication between individuals and notification on legislative issues pertinent to the homeschooling community. A resource for experienced and new homeschoolers.
Cost: None
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Washington Homeschool Organization (WHO)
Geographic Area Serving:
Washington State homeschoolers for over 25 years
Description: The Washington Homeschool Organization (WHO) is a statewide, non-profit membership organization. Its mission is to serve the diverse interests of home-based education in Washington State. WHO is nonpartisan, nonsectarian, and non-discriminating in its views of homeschooling and participation in its activities.
Requirements: Though we are a member supported organization, there is not requirement for membership to access valuable material found on our website.
Benefits: WHO is a 501c3 organization and therefore your membership dues and donations are tax deductible. (Benefits that are offered do not constitute an endorsement by WHO) * The knowledge that you are supporting homeschooling in Washington State * WHO's News, WHO's bimonthly electronic publication * Free admission to one annual curriculum event * Discounted registration for the graduation ceremony if graduating * Voting privileges for board elections * HSLDA Discount. To access this discount, WHO members need to include the WHO Group Discount Number on their HSLDA application. Send an email to HSLDA Group Discount Number in order to get the group code. This group code should be entered on the bottom of the second page of the application under the "Payment Information" heading. New families who are current HSLDA members will receive the discounted rate when they renew their HSLDA membership.
Cost: $30 yearly
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Washington Natural Learning Association - WNLA
WNLA Representative
wanaturallearnasc@verizon.net
Geographic Area Serving: State of Washington
Description: Washington Natural Learning Association has a goal to build a stronger home-education community to ensure a strong future for our children. With our statewide membership, we work to create better networking amongst home-educators to make our lobbying more effective. WNLA works to ensure our right to home-educate our children without cumbersome regulation. We strive to protect our home-education law by lobbying efforts and creating a positive image of home-education. WNLA will work toward a better law that will help secure home-education rights in the future. We acknowledge that our fundamental right to home-educate our children is essential to everyone's future.
Requirements: When a member in WNLA, you agree to uphold our mission statement and support the important work that WNLA carries out to promote natural learning. WNLA is an association where members' comments, suggestions, services, and questions are important to our cause. WNLA is actively working to change the way natural learning is viewed in Washington and protect our freedoms to home-educate freely.
Benefits: Advocacy
Cost: None
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Washington Pagan Homeschoolers
WAPaganHS Representative
WAPaganHS-owner@yahoogroups.com
Geographic Area Serving: State of Washington
Description: This is a support group for Pagans homeschooling their children (PreK - 12) in the state of Washington. Pagan or Pagan-friendly individuals are welcome to join. Let's chat, talk about curriculum, family-life, Paganism and plan some get-togethers. Also, sharing about local classes, Pagan and/or secular support groups and other activities of interest to homeschoolers is welcome.
Requirements: The only requirement to be a member is that one must be Pagan or Pagan-friendly. No proselytizing by those of other religions will be tolerated.
Benefits: *support *friendship *ongoing information about homeschooling and Pagan activities throughout the state *help and information about homeschooling laws & curriculum *networking *occasional get-togethers
Cost: None
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Washington Secular Homeschoolers
Vickie
wash-owner@yahoogroups.com
Geographic Area Serving: State of Washington and surrounding areas
Description: This is a list for Washington State secular home schoolers. That is, it's for all parents who have taken their children's education into their own hands regardless of methods or style.... all who do it for NON religious reasons are welcome to join in here. Nothing is off topic here if it relates to life. This is a place for folks to connect with others of like mind. All religions or nonreligious are welcome here but proselytizing, namecalling, or degrading another member for their beliefs, methods, or styles will be grounds for banning.
Requirements: Comfortable talking with people of all different beliefs and homeschooling philosophies and completion of an email questionnaire
Benefits: Connecting with secular-minded individuals
Cost: None
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Washington State Latter-Day Saint Family Educators (WALDSFE)
Doreen Blanding
waldsfe@hotmail.com
Geographic Area Serving: State of Washington
Description: Washington State Latter-day Saint Family Educators is a non-profit group that supports families in their attempt to educated their own in a way they choose. We provide a yearly conference in the spring and constant email support through our yahoo! email group
Requirements: None
Benefits: We provide needed support, friendship, encouragement and love. Join us online and then come meet us at the annual conference. We are all in the same boat so why not work together to get there.
Cost: $25
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Whatcom Homeschool Association - WHA
Gary & Bobbe McGill
whatcomhomeschool@comcast.net
360-671-3689
Geographic Area Serving: Whatcom County, Washington
Description: Over 400 families are members with exclusive rights to field trips and other activities. Some events/activities are open the public.
Requirements: Membership is open to all with no limitations.
Benefits: WHA publishes a monthly newsletter which describes monthly meetings, an annual day of workshops, field trips, activity clubs, summer softball, weekly basketball, homeschool choirs, Christmas program and Spring Variety Show, Christmas craft fair, 4-H clubs, scouting, book groups, and co-ops . There are also community opportunities, such as ice skating, roller skating, swimming lessons, church clubs, YMCA, Civil Air Patrol, Boys and Girls Club, and county community classes as well as university and community college classes.
Cost: $20 yearly, scholarships available
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Yakima Homeschool Network
Lisa Russell
yakimahomeschoolers-owner@yahoogroups.com
Geographic Area Serving: Yakima, Washington
Description: We're an email-based support group, using our email forum to coordinate park days, field trips and other events. In the summer we meet regularly for park days. We have monthly clubs like science club and book clubs. we have regular parent support meetings and share news about local events and things to do in our area that interest homeschoolers.
Requirements: Membership is open to all homeschooling families and those who are interested in beginning to homeschool.
Benefits: Our group is entirely co-operative. Members are all permitted to plan events, simply send it out to the email list. No one is required to participate in or attend anything. We have no official newsletter or calendar except what members submit to the email list.
Cost: None
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