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Support Groups in Florida
Homeschoolers have created networks of support to provide a way to make friends, get ideas and information, and to offer positive socialization opportunties to their children. You can join in! There are many groups to choose from, many with specific affiliations, like Christian groups or unschoolers' groups. Some are eclectic, inclusive, and open to anyone. Whatever your interest, you are sure to find other like-minded parents. And if you don't find what you are looking for, we've put together tips for starting your own group.

 
Local & State Groups
  Support groups offer a way for those interested in homeschooling or new to home education to get information and support. They also offer opportunities for social activities, group learning, and networking. Find a support group near you in Florida.

National Groups
  Tap into the national homeschool movement by connecting with these national homeschool groups and support organizations.

Email Groups & Lists
  Connecting via email can be a life-line for anyone who is looking for support, guidance, information, and friendship. Many support groups rely on email lists to facilitate communication and to pass along information and ideas. Browse through these group to find some that might meet your needs.

Forums & Message Boards
  Message boards and forums are like the public squares of homeschooling. Come and find ongoing discussion covering every aspect of homeschooling imaginable.

Social Networking
  Connect with other homeschooling using social networking tools. You can share tips and ideas, get support, collaborate on lesson plans, upload photos, and much more.

Co-Ops
  A co-op offers a way to share teaching duties with others who are excited and knowledgeable about a subject. It also offers an opportunity for your children to learn in a group and to make friends. Browse through this list of co-ops in Florida.

Cover/Umbrella Schools
  An umbrella or cover school provides an alternative way for parents to fulfill governmental educational guidelines and requirements. Most offer a variety of services, which can include curricula, social activities, field trips, standardized testing, portfolio reviews, evaluations, and graduation materials, including diplomas. While umbrella schools do tend to the needs of homeschoolers, they are considered a type of private school in most states.

Resource Centers
  Homeschool resource centers offer classes, materials, field trips, and other activities for parents and children alike. They are great ways to get new information, engage in group activities, and network with other homeschoolers.

Public School Programs
  Public schools are increasing offering programs to appeal to homeschooling families, from classes to educational materials to computer and distance learning. In most cases, students enrolled in these programs are considered public school students rather than homeschoolers. Learn more about these programs and decide if these are right for your family.

Private School Homeschool Programs
Support Group Management: Starting & Running a Support Group
  Learn how to start and manage a homeschool support group, including how to stay organized, how to handle conflict, and ideas for your support group.


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Christian Unschooling
Christians can and do unschool. Here you'll find support and more.
THINK Tampa Homeschoolers Instructing & Nurturing Kids
Hillsborough County, Pasco County, Pinellas County
THINK is a co-op for homeschool families. It is an inclusive group, which means that they are open to all homeschooling families. They provide group fun and learning opportunities for homeschool students and families.
Only One Child Homeschooling
Are you homeschooling an only child? Or perhaps your other children are grown (or infants) and there's just one whom you homeschool? Or are your other children in public or private school and there's just one at home during the day? Is there such a large age gap between your children that each child feels like an only? Then this group is for you. All homeschoolers are welcome: new, old, school-at-homers, and unschoolers.
NorthBay Christian Academy
Pinellas County, Hillsborough County, Florida
NorthBay Christian Academy is a community school offering a fresh, new approach to education, combining the benefits of homeschooling, classroom teaching, and the support of a Christ-centered community. Parental involvement is key, and the Christian values taught at home are reinforced in the classroom. In the classroom and through teacher-assigned homeschooling lessons, NorthBay emphasizes academic excellence and spiritual growth that leads to a love of God and His word, as well as the development of strong character.
JMJ Catholic Home School Support Group
Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida
This is a Roman Catholic home schooling community, faithful to the Magisterium of the Church, offering social opportunities for families in the Tampa area. The flexible approach fosters friendship, fellowship, and support, while helping members grow in the Catholic faith, following the model of the Holy Family. Current enrichment opportunities include art, science, literature, creative writing, Spanish, sports classes/clubs and various field trips for Preschool through high school. Current faith enrichment opportunities include First Friday Mass and children’s Eucharistic Adoration followed by faith-based games, crafts and other activities, and Spanish Fun. Currently, support is offered through monthly Moms' meetings, email, prayer and curriculum sharing.


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