Support Groups
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.
Social Media
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.
Umbrella/Cover 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.
Group Management
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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LIFE of Tampa
LIFE of Tampa is a collaborative, alternative learning group that believes Learning Is For Everyone, and should be a rich and satisfying experience that creates a never-ending desire to learn more.
Home Educators Lending Parents Support (HELPS)
Home Educators Lending Parents Support (HELPS) is an inclusive home school support group serving Broward and surrounding counties. They offer field trips, events and focus groups.
Allendale Academy
7208 Amhurst Way Clearwater, Fl 33764 Phone: 727-531-2481 Founded in 1985, Allendale Academy is a nationwide private school which believes that the education of children is the God-given right and responsibility of their parents. Allendale Academy is dedicated and equipped to assist parents nationwide in educating their children in the most supportive environment, the home. Allendale Academy is registered with the Florida Department of Education as a private school. They provide transcript...
Why Join? How Can a Support Group Help Me?
The FPEA helps safeguard your legal right to homeschool by keeping its finger on the pulse of what’s happening in Tallahassee and Washington. The FPEA partners with the Home Education Foundation (a full-time lobbyist) and the Home School Legal Defense Association. The annual FPEA Day at the Capitol shows legislators that homeschoolers have a united voice.
Amy's Christian Home School Network
Amy's Christian Home School Network is a Christian based home school support group that serves the Orange and Osceola County areas. They are located close to Sea World where most of the activities take place. They provide an opportunity for kids to meet and socialize together in a clean and Christian environment. ACHSN offers monthly newsletters, park days and teen fellowship. They also get together for bowling, ice skating, and the occasional rock climbing.
Florida Unschooling
Florida Unschooling support group is intended for unschooling families in the state of Florida.
Sacred Heart of Jesus Home Educators
Sacred Heart of Jesus Home Educators offers encouragement to each other, both spiritually and academically, through various gatherings designed to strengthen each family's commitment to authentic Catholic home education. This group serves families in the central Florida area.
Home Education After Righteous Teaching (HEART)
This homeschool support group offers annual standardized testing, co-op, blubs, activities, Mom's Night Out, school pictures, awards and graduation program, a science fair, and much more.
Living Books
This is an open group sponsored and moderated by Lifetime Books and Gifts of Lake Wales, FL for members to discuss using living books and resources in homeschooling and other pertinent topics.
Jewish Homeschoolers of PBC
A free group for Jewish people in the Palm Beach County, Florida area (around West Palm Beach) who are homeschooling their children or interested in homeschooling them. This is a place for Jews (whether Conservative, Orthodox, Reform, Unaffiliated, etc.) to discuss curriculum options, holiday celebrations, homeschooling laws, daily homeschooling life, etc, and to compare notes on local events and attractions.
Eclectic Florida Homeschoolers
Eclectic Florida Homeschoolers is a list for secular Florida homeschool families.
Fellowship of Christian Homeschoolers
Fellowship of Christian Homeschoolers is an inclusive Christian support group for homeschool families of all ages. They provide fellowship, support, and communications, as well as social, educational, and outreach opportunities.
CHoSEN (Calvary HOmeSchool Educational Network)
CHoSEN (Calvary HOmeSchool Educational Network) is a network composed of moms and educators who have a desire to reach out to the homeschooling community using their gifts and talents to help educate and encourage their students to be lifetime learners.
JMJ Catholic Home School Support Group
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 fait...
Christian Educators Of Osceola (CEO)
This support group consists of home educating parents joining together for the common purpose of sharing their talents, resources and time in order to enhance and enrich the educational experiences of their children. The support group (CEO) also provides a source of advice and encouragement for the parent-teacher.
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