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Texas: Support Groups
Alvin Area HomeSchool Families
Kelly Stinson
Geographic Area Serving: Alvin, Angleton, Clear Lake, Friendswood, Manvel, Pearland, Texas
Description: This group is for homeschooling families to connect with one another so that we can enjoy getting together just to visit or to share learning experiences and activities. We would also like to explore the possibilities of planning field trips or co-op classes in the future. And we would like to offer support for each other as we educate our children at home.
Requirements: This list is not restricted to Christians but does have a Christian foundation. Anti-Christian sentiments have no place in this group and will not be allowed.
Benefits: We have Park Days; game days (usually we play RISK!; but other games as well); book discussions; Moms' Night Out if there is enough interest; Girls' Night Out (mothers and daughters) if there is interest. We have an email list where we can communicate, encourage, and support each other. The link for that list is https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/AlvinAreaHSFam/info Other activities will be planned.
Cost: None

CATH (CAtholics Teaching at Home)
Joyce Yokell
Geographic Area Serving: Fort Worth, Arlington and surrounding communities.
Description: CATH is a support group, faithful to the Magisterium, for Catholic home educators in Fort Worth and surrounding areas. Our purpose is to provide information and support for each other, and to provide opportunities for our children to develop friendships with other Catholic homeschooled children.
Requirements: We welcome Catholic or non-Catholic homeschooling families to join CATH. We also welcome non-members to participate in most of our group activities. Non-Catholic members or participants should respect our desire to live out our Catholic faith through all of our activities. We reserve the right to ban non-Catholics from membership and/or participation in activities if they interfere with our practice of our Catholic faith.
Benefits: Information for parents interested in Catholic home education; Educational, religious, and social activities; field trips and family gatherings; parent meetings to share ideas and resources for teaching; P.E. activities during the school year (if we have a coordinator); Little Flowers for girls and Blue Knights for boys (if we have a coordinator); Totus Tuus Youth (includes members from other area Catholic homeschool support groups); Membership directory – includes address, parish, names and ages of children; Email list – includes general information exchange and prayer support; Lending library – books about home education, family life, & the Catholic faith.
Cost: None

Catholic Family Educators of Central Texas
Ellie Andrew
Geographic Area Serving: Central Texas
Description: Catholic Family Educators provides information regarding support groups, publishers of Catholic materials, and other helps for Catholic homeschoolers. CFECT does not organize support groups or other activities; we only provide information for support groups which do.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Information, support and training for Catholic homeschoolers
Cost: None

CenTex Christian Homeschool Coalition
Geographic Area Serving: Bell, Coryell, Lampasas, McLennan, Falls, Milam, Williamson, and Burnet Counties
Description: We offer a Community for field trips, get togethers, park days, Mom's Night Out, graduation, etc, an optional Co-op for classes, and the CenTex Chargers Athletic teams for Middle and High School Sports.
Requirements: Must agree to CCHC's Statement of Faith and agree to abide by Texas State Homeschool Laws.
Benefits: Community and events
Cost: $20 yearly fee for the Community; other fees for Co-Op & Chargers

Christian Home Education Association of Central Texas - CHEACT
Geographic Area Serving: Austin & Central Texas
Description: CHEACT is a Regional Support Group. Members receive area discounts and member discounts to used curriculum fairs and annual summer conference. CHEACT also supports and encourages co-ops and support groups in the area.
Requirements: Sign our statement of faith
Benefits: Whether you are a home schooling parent, a concerned grandparent, a caring neighbor, pastor or business leader-- if you are concerned about safeguarding, promoting and encouraging home schooling that glorifies God in Central Texas, then a CHEACT membership is The BEST WAY to join the cause.
Cost: $25 yearly

Christian Homeschool Educators Co-op (CHEC)
Brenda Allegrezza
Geographic Area Serving: Longview, Texas and surrounding area
Description: We are a group of around 130 Christian families who have come together to support each other in our calling to homeschool our children by sharing our gifts and talents. And in that pursuit, we hope to encourage each family to reach for God's individual and best plan for them. We praise the Lord that he has brought us together!
Requirements: Being a Christian
Benefits: We offer field trips, newsletters, e-group, library, monthly meetings, co-ops, special speakers, field days and more.
Cost: $30 yearly

Christian Homeschoolers at Play
Amy Traynor
Geographic Area Serving: Georgetown and surrounding area
Description: We are a group of families that meet for park days and field trips during the traditional school year. We also meet for other activities such as holiday parties, Mom's Night Out, etc.
Requirements: You must come to an event to meet someone before being given access to the website.
Benefits: Park days, field trips, holiday parties, Mom's Night Out, etc.
Cost: None

Coastal Bend Home Educators - CBHE
Michelle Curren
Geographic Area Serving: Coastal Bend area (just north of Corpus Christi), Texas
Description: CBHE is a Christian group, serving the coastal bend (just north of Corpus Christi) area of Texas. Our members primarily live in Portland, Ingleside, Aransas Pass and Rockport. We have park days twice a month at area parks.
Requirements: Signed statement of faith
Benefits: Newsletters, field trips, field trips, park days, family nights
Cost: $18 yearly

Common Ground Homeschoolers -Dallas
Geographic Area Serving: Dallas area
Description: Common Ground Homeschoolers offers homeschooling families the opportunity for activities and interaction, support and friendship. We offer clubs, park days, mom's nights, cooperative classes and more. Common Ground Homeschoolers is an inclusive group that is open to families in Dallas and areas east and north of Dallas.
Requirements: Common Ground Homeschoolers does not discriminate against race, religion, political views, family dynamic or sexual orientation. Common Ground has a strict no-bullying policy. We are dedicated to preserving a peaceful and accepting community in which to respectfully support and foster lifelong learning and friendship.
Benefits: Activities and support
Cost: $25

Crossroads Home Educated Children - C.H.E.C.
Geographic Area Serving: Victoria and surrounding areas, Texas
Description: C.H.E.C is a local non-profit Christian based support group serving families in the Crossroads area who have made the decision to homeschool their children. C.H.E.C. offers so many wonderful academic and social activities for your children of all ages. C.H.E.C. seeks to be inclusive, reaching out to any and all who need support and encouragement in the area of homeschooling.
Requirements: C.H.E.C. accepts ALL applicants regardless of age, race, religion or lack of religion.
Benefits: C.H.E.C. offers Choir, drama, art, golf lessons, Science Olympiad, competitive basketball and volleyball, Spelling Bee, Math Counts, Science Fair, Geography Fair, Park Day, P.E., a yearbook, many many field trips, and even a Graduation Ceremony. If you don't see an activity listed that you would like provided for you or your child, join and help us get it started!
Cost: $25 yearly

Cypress Homeschool Association
Maggie Sullivan
Geographic Area Serving: Northwest Houston area - Cypress, Katy, Spring, Houston, Tomball, Waller, Hockley, Magnolia
Description: Cypress Homeschool Association (CHA) is an inclusive support group dedicated to homeschool families in Cypress, Texas and surrounding areas. Our group offers weekly park days, several field trips each month, holiday parties, co-op, a teen group, scholarship program, graduation and more. We have over 250 families whose children range from babies to graduating seniors.
Requirements: Requirements to join CHA are that you must be homeschooling at least one of your children, fill out an annual application, and pay an annual fee which goes to the lowering of field trip costs for our group.Annual membership application and $30 fee
Benefits: CHA offers a newsletter, planned field trips bi-monthly, park days, co-ops, teen group, Mom's night out, mentor meetings, group parties throughout the year, scholarship program, graduation, various clubs, International Fest, Science Fair, and more. Membership fees go toward cost of parties and discounts on field trips.
Cost: $30 yearly

Dallas Muslim Homeschoolers Association
Noor Saadeh
Zeba Siddiqui
Geographic Area Serving: Dallas, Plano, Richardson, Garland, Texas
Description: An evolving Homeschool Support group for Muslim parents who are educating their kids at home, or even thinking about HSing. In addition to on-line support and advice, we offer seminars twice a year, monthly bowling in Plano, and other get-togethers. Email us!
Requirements: None
Benefits: As listed above
Cost: None

DFWSaFE for Teens (Dallas/Ft. Worth School-Free Education Zone)
DFWSaFE-Teens Representative
Geographic Area Serving: Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex, Texas
Description: The DFW School-Free Education Zone for TEENS is a progressive, secular unschoolers' support group for parents/families of teens in the DFW Metroplex and surrounding North Texas areas. As unschoolers, we believe that child-led learning is preferable to coerced curriculum-use. We welcome veeery relaxed eclectic home-learners or people contemplating unschooling. We are not a religious-oriented group, so we have no "statement offaith." No one cares if you are Catholic, Hindu, Atheist or Pagan.
Requirements: We have no board of directors, no dues, no business meetings, and no rules. We have members of varied spiritual beliefs, lifestyles, and ethnic origins, and we celebrate and take joy in learning from each other's differences.
Benefits: We network and share information on anything of interest for our teens, including learning resources and opportunities, volunteerism, job and college prep for unschoolers, and, of course, social activities and FUN.
Cost: None

DFWSaFE Zone (Dallas/Ft. Worth School-Free Education Zone)
Leslie Harris
Geographic Area Serving: Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex, Texas
Description: The DFW School-Free Education Zone is a PROGRESSIVE, secular support group for parents/guardians of unschoolers. We are pretty relaxed about pretty much everything. As we are a secular group, we have no statement of faith" or biblical mandates to follow. We don't care if you are Catholic, Atheist, Hindu, or Pagan.
Requirements: We have no board of directors, no dues, no business meetings, and no rules. We have members of varied spiritual beliefs, lifestyles, and ethnic origins, and we celebrate and take joy in learning from each other's differences.
Benefits: We share learning resources have regular park days, seasonal parties, field trips, "meet & greets," volunteer opportunities, and other events. We have online discussion.
Cost: None

GCCHS Gulf Coast Christian Home Scholars
Geographic Area Serving: We serve all of SE Houston (Harris County), North Galveston County, Brazoria County, and more. Clear Lake, Friendswood, League City, Dickinson, Webster, Pearland, Alvin, Kemah, Seabrook, etc.
Description: GCCHS, Inc. is an inclusively Christian homeschooling support group. We are Christian in our approach to this group, homeschooling, and life in general. The leadership of this group agrees to a statement of faith prior to serving and agrees to make their decisions for the group based upon it. However, we do not exclude any family that desires to join our group, regardless of spiritual background. We support various activities, clubs, parties, and field trips. These events are generally open to all family members, but some activities have limitations such as age of children, number of participants, etc. We have over 350 member families, and are growing! Please see our website for more information.
Requirements: No requirements other than to be in a leadership position you must sign a statement of faith.
Benefits: We provide support to homeschoolers of all types and seasons of life, from new to veteran. GCCHS offers field trips, events for various ages, graduation, Mom's Night Out, Homeschool Used Book Sale and Expo, and more. See our website for more information.
Cost: $30 yearly

Georgetown Christian Home Educators - GCHE
GCHE Director
Geographic Area Serving: Georgetown, Texas
Description: GCHE is group of Christian families interested in providing a Christ-centered education in the home. We have children of all ages, and we even have an alumni group for homeschooled members who have graduated. Please feel free to join us at a Moms' Night Out meeting to see who we are and what we do. Meeting days and times are available on our website.
Requirements: To become a member, you must: Attend an orientation session which takes place simultaneously with each Mom's Night Out the first Monday night of the month, except Sept. which is the second Monday night, at Main Street Baptist Church at 1001 Main Street in Georgetown, TX; Pay dues. Additional costs are the purchase of t-shirts, which are required for most activities, and costs of each activity. The costs of activities pay for themselves and nothing more; Sign a Christian Statement of Faith and sign and agree to abide by our Activity Guidelines.
Benefits: Activities include but are not limited to: Mom's Night Out, PE, Bowling Leagues, Science/Art/History Fairs, Spelling Bees, Field Trips, Ballet and theater Performances, Family activities, Guest Speakers, Yearbook, School Pictures Opportunity, Benevolence, Used Curriculum Sale, Web Site, and Email Updates
Cost: Varies

H.O.S.T. (Homeschoolers of South Texas)
Geographic Area Serving: Corpus Christi and the surrounding areas
Description: H.O.S.T. is a Christian support group for Corpus Christi and the surrounding areas. We offer support through extra curricular activities and family get togethers.
Requirements: We are a Christian based support group. We will have prayer at our meetings and have Christian themes in our plays. We will uphold Christian values. We are open to others joining us, as long as they understand this.
Benefits: We offer many different activities for our members, including, Christmas Plays, Park Days, Field Trips, Geography Fairs, Historical Cotillion, Formal dances and family fun days. We also have a monthly newsletter that compiles information that may be of interest to our members.
Cost: $30 yearly

Hamilton County Home School Group
Marie Jones
Geographic Area Serving: Hamilton County Texas and surrounding area
Description: We offer monthly field trips, park days, 4H, swim and skating parties, etc.
Requirements: Contact us for more information.
Benefits: Activities
Cost: None

Mrs. P. Valdez
Geographic Area Serving: San Antonio, Texas
Description: HCentralSA.org is an online support and informative website for homeschoolers in and around the San Antonio, TX area.
Requirements: None
Benefits: This website provides a free online informative newsletter for those who subscribe. Information on local support groups, tutors and classes available to homeschoolers is included.
Cost: None

Hill Country Home School Association
Charlie & Toni Hastings - President
Sara & Brian Kendrick - Communications Director / Website Administrator
Geographic Area Serving: Kerr County and all areas in the surrounding Hill Country region of Texas
Description: Our group is very active in the Kerrville area, though we have active members all over the Hill Country area of Texas. The website “forum” is used for e-mail communication within the group. Our Association is a place to find home school support, resources, and encouragement in our endeavor to bring up our children in the training and instruction of the Lord Jesus.We hope you'll join us and we look forward to meeting you and your kids soon.
Requirements: The HCHSA has an elected body of officers that serve for a term of one year. Our membership dues are $24 per year. The officers on our board of directors serve as couples.
Benefits: Monthly Mom’s Meeting, Fall and Spring 9-week Co-Op, Field Trips, and Park Day. There are numerous other clubs and small groups meeting that aren’t listed here. In the past, we have offered Latin, Chess Club, Speech, Yearbook, Home school Band, Debate Club, Rock Club, Bowling, Journalism etc. Hang around your computer (or simply ask) for more info on these groups.
Cost: $24 yearly

Homeschool Children's Play Association
Geographic Area Serving: Plano, Wylie, Allen, Murphy, Richardson, North Dallas
Description: We are a theater group, cultivating the creativity and ingenuity of local homeschool children. The Homeschool Children’s Play Association (HCPA) is proud to be a child-led organization that not only fosters budding actors, but also young writers, musicians, and artists. Our plays are all written by children, presented to theater group members, and voted into production. Once the children have selected a piece, weekly practice and prop construction begins. With the help of parent volunteers, the children envision, design, and create all production sets and props. While we strive to encourage quality work that reflects the children’s commitment to projects and individual creativity, our primary emphasis is working cooperatively as a team, building child leadership, and simply having fun. Through the HCPA, children are offered multiple outlets for creativity. Each theater production includes several original musical arrangements, written by the child members and scored by parent volunteers. Our lively, young vocalists enjoy singing, adding another layer of entertainment to our free community performances.
Requirements: With the dedication of our child and adult members, we hope to continue growing this organization and inviting new homeschool families to participate and create with us!
Benefits: We present each play several times throughout the community, including Collin Creek Mall, several local nursing homes, the Plano Senior Center, as well as a free onstage performance. We will continue to offer this free activity to local children and residents with the completion of a new play each semester.
Cost: None

Homeschool Victoria
Rebecca Atherton
Geographic Area Serving: Victoria and surrounding counties, Texas
Description: Homeschool Victoria welcomes all homeschooling families who 'live and learn together' in Victoria and surrounding counties. We are an inclusive network of independent homeschooling families that share creative ideas, knowledge of educational and community events, personal support and social opportunities.
Requirements: All families are welcomed to share in this free exchange of information no matter what groups they join or don't join.
Benefits: A way to network with all homeschooling families in Victoria and surrounding counties.
Cost: None

Homeschoolers Hearts and Hugs
Geographic Area Serving: Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas metroplex areas, including the outer-lying rural areas. (Mesquite, Garland, Forney, Terrell, Kaufman, Wills Point, Waxahachie, Midlothian, Alvarado, etc.)
Description: The Homeschoolers Hearts and Hugs name reflects more than our goal of simply providing learning opportunities for homeschooling students. Hearts and Hugs symbolizes our emphasis on character building opportunities that make a difference in the lives of others while increasing public awareness of the advantages of home education. We participate in the Silver Lining Program, (where we won the 2011 DADS Vision Award in the area of Wellness for our service to nursing homes & assisted living centers!) hold food, coat, blanket and toy drives, coordinate fundraisers and donation drives for needy community agencies and provide volunteer services. Our group is also a certifying organization for the Presidential Volunteer Service Award program.
Requirements: All homeschooling families are welcome!
Benefits: By joining Homeschoolers Hearts and Hugs, you and your family have the opportunity to attend a variety of field trips, classes, volunteer/community service projects and fun, social outings! We also offer various incentive programs and discounted memberships to various publications. Our members also have access to our private YAHOO group where we share helpful homeschooling tips, ideas, curriculum reviews and recommendations, recipes, encouragement, etc. We also have a closed Facebook page for members only. Whatever your needs may be, our caring homeschooling families are just a few keystrokes away!
Cost: $15 yearly

Homeschoolers in Pearland
Geographic Area Serving: Pearland and surrounding areas, Texas
Description: Our goal is to establish some regular park days for the purpose of getting to know each other. As time goes on it is our hope that more regularly scheduled activities will be established and cooperative experiences will develop. For now, let's just get together a couple times a month to play and to visit. There is not a great master plan, just a desire to get something going in Pearland. There are a great many homeschoolers in and near Pearland and there is no obvious reason that we shouldn't be able to come together to plan some wonderful learning opportunities and experiences for our children. It just has to begin.
Requirements: This is an inclusive homeschool group -- all homeschoolers in and around Pearland are welcome to join us.
Benefits: Opportunities to socialize and work with other homeschoolers in an effort to enhance your family's homeschool experiences.
Cost: None

Homeschooling in the Hills
Geographic Area Serving: Texas Hill Country including Kerrville, Fredericksburg, Ingram, Hunt, Mountain Home, Comfort, Centerpoint, Harper, Boerne, Junction, and Bandera
Description: HHC is a relaxed, inclusive homeschool co-op and community serving the Texas Hill Country and meeting in Kerrville, Texas on Fridays from 9-12 for co-op classes. We also offer homeschool support, play dates, field trips, and park days.
Requirements: A small registration fee per semester and a basic information form.
Benefits: Homeschool support, information, co-op classes, shared learning environment, wide range of philosophies and homeschool approaches, support network of other homeschooling families.
Cost: $25

Howard County Homeschoolers
Geographic Area Serving: Howard County, Tx
Description: Our purpose is to support one another, share resources, experiences, and build relationships with others who share the same morals and values. We have families that homeschool from preschool on up! Please visit our facebook page to contact us: www.facebook.com/HChomeschooling
Requirements: Abide by our code of conduct. While we are not associated with any one religion, we do share Christian like values and set high moral standards for our group. Those who wish to behave in un-Christian like behaviors will be asked to leave or refused group membership.
Benefits: Tons of support! Ideas, co-op classes and let's not forget Socialization! We don't charge dues at this time, we all pitch in to help one another. We are community friendly and supportive!
Cost: None

ICARE - Independent Christian Association of Responsible Educators
Gaynor Taylor
Geographic Area Serving: Spring, Tomball, The Woodlands, North Houston
Description: The purpose of ICARE is to support each other and provide information to help us homeschool our children. We provide opportunities to gather our children together with other like-minded families in wholesome, Christian environments for the purpose of enjoyment and learning. ICARE’s leadership makes every effort to ensure that all sponsored activities are consistent with Christian principles to support parents raising their children for the honor and glory of God.
Requirements: Our annual membership fee is $25.
Benefits: Building relationships and learning together
Cost: $25 yearly

Karen Harmon
Geographic Area Serving: Irving and surrounding area, Texas
Description: IrvingHOMEschoolers is an all-inclusive group of homeschooling families based in Irving,Texas, sharing resources and offering activities that enhance and support the homeschooling experience. We welcome all homeschooling families. We meet the first Thursday of each month - September to May except December at Lee Park Recreation Center in Irving - start time, 7:00pm.
Requirements: IrvingHOMEschooles does request (not require) that members attend meetings and also plan at least one special event/field trip during the school year.
Benefits: IrvingHOMEschoolers provides monthly newsletters to all members along with planned field trips, a monthly EMAIL SALE, special events and end of the year water park party!
Cost: $20 yearly

Katy Association of Christian Homeschoolers (KACH)
KACH Board of Advisors
Geographic Area Serving: Katy, Texas and surrounding areas: Richmond, Brookshire, West Houston and more
Description: Katy Association of Christian Homeschoolers (KACH) is a large group of Christian homeschooling families that live in and around the Katy, Texas area. We support and encourage fellow homeschooling families and provide opportunities for many small group activities (pre-K-12), field trips and the ability to share and ask questions regarding curriculum and other homeschool questions.
Requirements: There is a yearly membership fee of $20 and includes access to the Yahoo group, calendar, activities and a year end party! Members are required to sign a Statement of Faith as a Christian.
Benefits: Support and activities
Cost: $20 yearly

Katy Homeschoolers
Katy Homeschoolers Administrator
Geographic Area Serving: Katy, Texas
Description: The Katy_Homeschoolers email loop is the ideal forum for local homeschoolers: to find nearby homeschooling families, to plan activities, and to advertise events in or near Katy. Our group differs from others in that we have no leaders or committees to plan activities for you. Instead, we ask that you share events (those you learn about in the paper, for example) and your talents with us. Interested in organizing a class at your house? Feel like going to a museum this week? Let us know and we'll meet you there!
Requirements: Please register your children in the Katy Family YMCA Home School Program before requesting membership to this group. Membership in this group is limited to Katy Family YMCA homeschooling families. Mutual support and respect towards fellow members are a must.
Benefits: So far our offerings are a literary newsletter written by our children, frequent park days, art classes, read the book and watch the movie activities, etc.
Cost: None

Learning Differences Homeschool Network of Southeast Texas
Tammi Wright
Geographic Area Serving: Cypress / Northwest Houston / Houston metrotropolitan area
Description: This group is for anyone in the Houston metro area homeschooling one or more kids with any diagnosis that affects learning. We are especially geared toward very-high-functioning and high-functioning kids, but any kid with learning differences who wants to be social is welcome. We have weekly activities and field trips, and regular parent support meetings, sometimes with speakers who address issues related to homeschooling kids with learning differences. Our emphasis is on fun activities all ages can enjoy and where kids can make friends and parents can connect with other parents who face similar issues in homeschooling. We especially emphasize providing an environment where "quirky" behaviors are a non-issue, and where children are welcome and accepted regardless of their social challenges and academic level. Activities we have done in the past year include bowling, swimming, archery, tour of a fish hatchery, zoo trip, game day, park scavenger hunt, show and tell day, ice skating, edible kitchen science day, volunteering at homeless shelter, Halloween party, kite flying day, splash pad, park day, reptile show, and many more. We welcome families who want to be actively involved in a social group.
Requirements: Must complete an online membership form and pay annual dues of $20 per family.
Benefits: Activities and support
Cost: $20 yearly

Navarro Christian Homeschool Association
Jennifer Worsham
JC Goodnow
Geographic Area Serving: Navarro County, Texas
Description: Our group is a Christian group which has weekly park days and monthly field trips and Mother's night out.
Requirements: A Statement of Faith will need to be signed.
Benefits: A newsletter goes out once a month. We have activities planned throughout the year for you to get involved in and receive support. Once a month we have a field trip and a Mother's Night Out. We have a weekly park day and cook outs a couple times a year. We also have a small resource library.
Cost: $10 yearly

NICHE - North Irving Christian Home Educators
The Board of Directors
Geographic Area Serving: Irving, Texas and the surrounding area
Description: Our group is comprised of home school families from Irving, Texas and the surrounding Dallas/Fort Worth Texas area. It is the mission of NICHE to glorify God, by coming along side Christian home school families, offering support, social activities, field trips and academic encouragement. We are an inter-denominational group, agreeing with each other that the Bible is the inspired, infallible, authoritative Word of God and regardless of our individual religious practices, we stand together in unity under the banner of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. For more information: www.texasniche.com board@texasniche.com
Requirements: Open to all Christian parents, grandparents or guardians who are schooling one or more of their children (K-12) at home for at least 50% of their education. (I Corinthians 7:2) All families must sign a statement of faith and agree to abide by the NICHE constitution and guidelines. We do not accept members in same-sex unions or who are co-habitating outside the bonds of marriage.(I Corinthians 6:9-11)
Benefits: NICHE is a great way to connect with other home school families in our area; to build relationships and broaden our children's horizons through a variety of fun and enriching activities including, but not limited to The Dallas Symphony, theater, natural and scientific venues. Through these opportunities, we are connecting with like-minded families and also helping our children build strong, lasting Christian friendships with other home school kids.
Cost: Yearly membership $22 per family

North Central Texas Homeschoolers 2017 Graduation Planning
Geographic Area Serving: Primarily serving Denton,Cooke,Grayson counties; however, any cities or counties within the North Central Texas corridor is encouraged to join & participate.
Description: Homeschool 2017 May graduation celebration. Participants are to meet monthly to plan for a conservative graduation ceremony, dinner, & celebration. No alcoholic beverages will be allowed; just good clean fun to remember for all homeschool graduates life!
Requirements: Must be graduating from a homeschool environment in May of the year 2017 & live in Texas & want to help plan, fund, and participate in making a celebration ceremony for your graduate.
Benefits: A time for your homeschooled graduate to remember all their life, which woul include them wearing cap & gown & receive a graduation certificate, among other North Central Texas homeschooled graduates!
Cost: None to Join the Group

North Texas Natural Learners - NTNL
NTNL Representative
Geographic Area Serving: Denton, North Texas
Description: North Texas Natural Learners is a support and activity group for unschoolers and eclectic homeschoolers in the Denton, TX area. We formed in 2001 to fill a niche that needed filling - a non-religion-based group for those of us not comfortable signing a statement of faith to join a group to meet and befriend other homeschool kids and parents. If you are learning without school, or are interested in doing so, you are welcome here! As a group, we hold no religious or spiritual tenet or philosophy above any other. Families of any philosophy, religion, or learning / educating style are invited to join us for park and library days, field trips, art classes, fun and community.
Requirements: We don't have any rules or requirements for membership, except that you home-educate or plan to soon.
Benefits: The greatest benefits to date are the long-standing relationships we've created and the new friends we make when a new bunch joins us! We'd love to meet you, too.
Cost: None

Panhandle Christian Home Educators Association (PCHEA)
General help, questions, or concerns (include your phone# for a call back)
Steve Metzger
Geographic Area Serving: Panhandle of Texas
Description: PCHEA is an inclusive non-profit Christian homeschool network of independent homeschooling families and members of various support groups, co-ops, and organizations. These families unite to bless the homeschool community at large by sharing creative ideas, newcomer support, knowledge of educational and community events, personal support, and social opportunities with other families who home-educate in and around the Texas panhandle. All PCHEA-member families are welcome to share in this free exchange of information regardless of the groups they choose to join.
Requirements: Membership in PCHEA shall be open to all homeschooling families. PCHEA members must comply with the current Texas State Law Requirements regarding homeschooling. Members are united through their commitment to homeschooling. The board reserves the right to revoke membership at any time for due cause. Membership dues will be assessed per family and will be determined each year by the PCHEA Board. Special provision shall be made for those who cannot pay for valid reasons.
Benefits: Support and activities
Cost: $30 yearly

Plano Homeschool Volunteers
Geographic Area Serving: Plano, Richardson, McKinney, Allen, Surrounding areas
Description: We're a group of homeschoolers giving back to our community. We schedule at least one community service event every month. If your family is interested in a wide variety of volunteering opportunities in the North Dallas Suburbs, then this group is for you.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Volunteer opportunities
Cost: None

Red Oak Home Schoolers of Texas
Amy Hedtke
Geographic Area Serving: Ellis County- Red Oak, Texas
Description: This is a place for homeschoolers in the Red Oak/ Ellis County area to network. Think of it as a big, free community bulletin board :-) Announce park days, schedule field trips, plug different co-ops, or scout out local happenings. Post for sale ads, requests, and free stuff. Especially Free Stuff! Lots of chit-chat, stupid questions, and serious issues are welcome. Join it to plug your own group, share info w/ other groups, or use it in lieu of a group at all. It is secular in nature, so we do not require any Statement of Faith or even a Faith at all. Religion will be treated as an academic subject, and proselytizing is discouraged. The focus of this group is to help any and all *homeschoolers* in whatever way we can. Please check the files section regularly for any clarifications on this policy. In the meantime kick back, introduce yourself, and tell us how WE can help YOU in this home school endeavor!There is no Board and no Official Meeting place: just an insistence on being respectful and trying to at least understand all sides.
Requirements: Be totally supportive of homeschooling
Benefits: Free Yahoogroup to act as an information clearing house for local happenings
Cost: None

Geographic Area Serving:
Description: The mission of SACH is to provide support, encouragement, and educational enrichment activities to families that are training and educating their children at home in the discipline and instruction of the Lord and to be used by God to minister to those around us as we walk in faith and obedience to our Lord Jesus Christ.
Requirements: * Open to families homeschooling one or more of their school- aged (5yrs +) children. * Submit complete Membership Packet and annual dues of $40 * Agreeing in word & deed with SACH Guidelines & Statement of Faith * Complete new member orientation / interview meeting (at park or meeting) with Director to review SACH By-Laws and answer any final questions. * Participation in SACH's e-mail communication loop.
Benefits: * Members shall be entitled to participation in all SACH's events and activities * Members shall be eligible for discounts when joining HSLDA and / or THSC. * Members are entitled to participation in: Monthly field trips, Monthly Enrichment Co-Op, Moms Activities, Teen Activities, Park Days, Lending Library, Members Only eGroup, Family Activities, Membership Directory, Quarterly Support / Training Meetings, and other SACH activities or services that may be provided during a particular year. (See Membership Packet) * Membership can be renewed each year with respect to requirements for membership.
Cost: $40 yearly

San Antonio Home Education Resources and Opportunities -H.E.R.O.
Michelle Kretzschmarc
Geographic Area Serving: San Antonio, Texas
Description: H.E.R.O. is a non-profit organization committed to providing access to opportunities and resources for home educators of all races, religions, philosophies, and education styles for expanding and improving their home education experience. H.E.R.O. is dedicated to fostering a supportive atmosphere for home educators by raising the awareness of alternative education choices and increasing positive interactions within the San Antonio metro area community.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Free members have access to resource center and field trips. Full members have access to band, Odyssey of the Mind, Robotics, and annual conference.
Cost: None (Basic Membership) / $35 yearly (Full Membership)

Smoothing The Way
Donna J. Faucett
Geographic Area Serving: San Antonio area
Description: We meet once a month. We are here to support homeschoolers with topics that will enhance, enable or just validate your efforts. We are here to be your friend through thick and thin. Email me to get more information on monthly topics.
Requirements: Purchase of outline notebook. Our schedule begins in August and ends in May.
Benefits: You will make lifetime friends. Upon each paid membership you will receive a notebook with an outline of the topic for the month. Each notebook also contains book references and websites that pertain to each monthly topic. A CD of each topic is also included for review, getting ahead or filling in the information of a missed meeting. We are also informed by the THSC of current and pertinent information regarding our laws in the state of Texas.
Cost: $60 for member notebook. Please call Donna for more information about this year's schedule and location.

Spindletop Christian Homeschool Association
Jennifer Shepherd
Geographic Area Serving: Beaumont, Texas
Description: a support group for homeschool families in the Beaumont area.
Requirements: No requirements for joining but members are expected to volunteer for group events and mom or dad must be involved with teaching or helping in some way during classes.
Benefits: Classes, Field Trips, Park days
Cost: None / Classes have a $10 supply fee per semester

St. Michael Homeschoolers
Geographic Area Serving: We serve families in the southwest suburbs of Houston, primarily in Fort Bend County.
Description: St. Michael Homeschool Group is an informal association of Catholic homeschoolers in Fort Bend County, Texas. We meet regularly to provide spiritual, educational, and social events for our members. Families in our group live in Sugar Land, Missouri City, Stafford, Richmond, Rosenberg, Fulshear, Katy, and other parts of Fort Bend County.
Requirements: Our group consists of Catholic homeschooling families.
Benefits: Spiritual, educational, and social events.
Cost: No required dues, but a suggested contribution per family towards administrative expenses, etc.

Texas Homeschoolers
Renee Engle
Geographic Area Serving: Dallas-Irving area, Texas
Description: We are working on obtaining a meeting place in the Dallas-Irving Area. We would like to meet at least 2 times a month for the children to get together and play with their homeschooling peers. Children of any age are welcome! Romans 12:1-21
Requirements: Our only requirements are that you are actually home schooling. We also prefer if you are a christian, or would like to learn more about becoming a christian. We will welcome you with open arms either way. We will be having Daily Memory verses this school year. You must want to make homeschooling fun for your child(ren) and for your sanity. LOL. After you see the site and start using the materials, please donate if you can. Your generous donations will keep as much of this information coming as possible. There is a lot of free stuff!!
Benefits: Currently, we are working on scheduling field trip days through out the year to obtain discounts for larger groups. We have many files on our site for your family's use. We have a wealth of material!
Cost: Donations welcome

Amanda McClur
Geographic Area Serving: Del Rio, Laughlin AFB, Bracketville, Comstock, Texas
Description: This is a support group for Del Rio and surrounding areas. Participation is unstructured and members organize outings, PE, occasional classes, some testing, and social gatherings. There are all types of schoolers and faiths and age ranges.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Benefits are the same as with any support group--you don't have to do this alone. There are plenty of us in the same boat and we can share experiences and lean on each other.
Cost: None

The Calendar
Nichole Fausey-Khosraviani
Geographic Area Serving: Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
Description: Welcome to all DFW secular home learners. This list's purpose is to get information to other home learners in the Metroplex. Utilize the calendar to announce your event or group. Feel free to make an announcement of your group's contact information a recurring monthly reminder. Anything that is open to home learners is welcome here. You can also post sales, dinners, schedules, homes for sale, garage sales, used items for sale, museum events, concerts, fairs, plays, special events, anything you'd like to share with the general home learning audience of the greater Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Having an informational seminar, a party, or starting a new co-op? Want to get a group discount on tickets for a symphony, but don't have enough people interested? Need to find someone to help you make your half-pipe in the back yard? Are your kids looking to make some extra money mowing lawns? Seek answers/make announcements here! Events can be anywhere. You may also upload pictures (coupons, sales flyers, etc), and add links. Announce your business here. Want to find a homeschooling accountant, baker, contractor, chiropractor, car dealer, doctor, doula, engineer, farmer, grocer, etc, etc, post your desire here. Put your business in the database. Does your child want to take fencing, or sculpting, or kick boxing or Farsi, but you can't find enough interest to get your local rec center or community college to start a homeschooling class? Post y
Requirements: Must be a homeschooling living in the Metroplex.
Benefits: Invaluable resource for activities and events in the DFW Metroplex
Cost: None

The Homeschool Social of South Texas
Geographic Area Serving: We are currently servicing the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas; Brownsville, Mcallen, Weslaco and Mission areas.
Description: The Homeschool Social of South Texas was created as a resource for homeschooling families in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. We offer a variety of activities and events geared toward both the education and socialization of our children. We offer play dates, educational field trips, coop classes, kinder graduation, senior prom access, holiday celebrations, workshops and other events that can help us on our homeschooling journey. We find strength in diversity. All denominations are welcome to join. We are not affiliated with any one religion, therefore, there is no statement of faith to consider. If you share a love and devotion for your child/children in a wholesome and supportive environment then we are the group for you. Welcome to the social. You're time and interest is greatly appreciated.
Requirements: Homeschooling families must have at least one child of the age of 5 years old or older and have commenced in the homeschooling process.
Benefits: Fellowship, development of long term friendships for both child and parent, parental and educational support in a relaxed non-judgmental environment.
Cost: $25 yearly

The Network - KONOS Karats
MelRae Ambs
Geographic Area Serving: Hill Country area, including New Braunfels, San Marcos, Austin, San Antonio, Schertz, Cibolo, Seguin, Wimberley and Canyon Lake, Texas
Description: THE NETWORK - Sharing Purpose, Process and Passion - Providing support to KONOS families worldwide "Let us stimulate one another to love and good works." Hebrews 10:24 We will share how to plant those (carrot) seeds, for your treasured children (karats)! We are Christian parents--MOMS and DADS--who have formed a group to allow networking and support among families who have chosen to use the unit study approach to home educate our children. We are using the KONOS unit study curriculum and approach to teach our children and unify our families. We function solely as a support/networking group for PARENTS. We are not a co-op for children.
Requirements: We welcome everyone who is interested in finding out more about the unit study approach and the KONOS curriculum.
Benefits: Newsletters, Monthly Meetings, Group Library, Special Events, such as Father's Meetings, Christmas Cookie Swaps, or How to Plan workshops
Cost: None

Triangle Homeschoolers
Heather Thomas
Geographic Area Serving: Golden Triangle of Texas (Beaumont, Port Arthur, Orange) and SW Louisiana. Jefferson, Orange, Chambers, Hardin, Tyler, Jasper, Newton, Liberty Counties in TX, and Calcasieu Parish in LA.
Description: Triangle Homeschoolers is a secular, inclusive homeschooling support group that offers educational field trips and social opportunities for students and support for parents. We have weekly events, and try to keep costs low since most of our families are single-income; we depend on active members for group and discounted pricing. We maintain a group website with field trip re-caps and lesson tie-in information, and an active Facebook discussion group.
Requirements: We are a secular, inclusive group. We have members who hail from a rich and diverse cultural, religious and lifestyle background. By joining our group, you understand that you and your child(ren) will be interacting with families who make different choices than you do. We encourage 'respectful sharing' of these differences when asked, with the shared understanding that all paths are equally valid.
Benefits: -Weekly Field Trip (sometimes an academic event, sometimes purely social; General plans are posted on the home page of the website; specific plans are shared on the Facebook discussion group; out-of-town and overnight field trip events (1-2 per year)) -social gatherings & group parties -extra curricular clubs -presentation/public speaking/performance events -Annual Science Fair Show-and-Tell (with encouragement to compete in the Texas Regional Science Fair) -community service projects -group newsletter (bi-monthly) -Mom’s Night Out & Mom’s Enrichment Activities -Teacher In-Service/ Education / Retreat Days
Cost: There is no membership fee.

West Houston Home Educators
Geographic Area Serving: West Houston
Description: WHHE is dedicated to serving Christ by serving the home school community in the West Houston area for over 2 decades. We are committed to doing all things in a manner which honors Biblical principals and brings glory to His name.
Requirements: Leaders sign a Christian statement of faith, members do not. We have yearly dues, plus additional for those joining the Teen Group. PREP classes and Graduation Ceremony do not require WHHE membership.
Benefits: The WHHE support group focuses on several areas: active Yahoo group email list, field trips, meetings & gatherings for moms, families, and kids. PREP Classes offer academic help (many are honors level) to parents. Home School Communication Network offers a yearly graduation ceremony. The Teen Group (age 13 & up) plans service projects and socials. Cub Scouts & Honor Society round out our primary activities. Many more occur throughout the year!
Cost: $20 yearly

Williamson County Christian Homeschool Co-Op
Amy Traynor
Geographic Area Serving: Round Rock, Georgetown, Hutto, Pflugerville, Cedar Park, Austin, Leander, Williamson County
Description: Williamson County Christian Homeschool Co-op exists to provide extracurricular activities, social opportunites, and most importantly, educational classes in a Christian environment for like-minded homeschool families. Classes will encourage salvation and personal growth centered on God's Word, the Bible.
Requirements: See Membership requirements on the website (www.wcchcweb.com)
Benefits: Enrichment and activities
Cost: $75 admin fee + classes