Pennsylvania Homeschool Support Groups
Homeschool support groups in your state are an excellent way to gain more assistance and guidance in your homeschooling endeavors. A regional support group fosters a wonderful sense on community among homeschooling families and allows for more opportunities to exchange ideas, plan group outings, and share in the overall experience of homeschooling! While Calvert supports the development of community between homeschool families, this listing does not constitute affiliation between Calvert School and the groups represented above.
Catholic Homeschoolers of Pennsylvania
The original function of this network was connecting families together. An effort, which began with five families in January of 1993, has developed into a growing network of hundreds Catholic families in Pennsylvania. Besides connecting families together in the same area, families who are homeschooling under unusual circumstances can be linked together. Please note that the name list is not shared, sold, bartered, or given out in any other manner for any purpose. Names of those subscribing/member families who have expressly given us consent to do so are the only names which are given to other local subscribing/member families when requested.
Address: 101 S. College St, Myerstown, PA 17067-1212
Phone: (717) 866-5425
Christian Home School Association of Pennsylvania (CHAP)
CHAP, the Christian Homeschool Association of Pennsylvania, exists to support and encourage home educators. It is a distinctly Christian organization with a statement of faith. CHAP seeks to nurture education that is Christian, and supports education that is in harmony with Judeo-Christian principles.
Address: 231 N. Chestnut St, Palmyra, PA 17078
Pennsylvania Home Education Network (PHEN)
The Pennsylvania Home Education Network is an incorporated, nonprofit, tax exempt, statewide organization of home educating families. PHEN exists to promote freedom and simplicity in home education, to serve all families who educate their children at home regardless of race, religion, creed, sex, national origin, handicap, or educational philosophy, and to inform the general public about home education. Membership is open to all Pennsylvania residents who agree with the organization's inclusive philosophy. The Network is directed by a council of members who volunteer and who make decisions by consensus.
Pennsylvania Home Educators Association (PHEA)
PHEA is an inclusive statewide coalition of home educators whose primary purpose is to provide accurate information and advocate for Pennsylvania home educators.
Address: 401 Lincoln Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15202
Pittsburgh East Suburban Homeschoolers' Association (PESHA)
The Pittsburgh East Suburban Homeschoolers Association is a non-profit organization of homeschooling families. Founded in 1987, PESHA is now one of the oldest existing homeschooling support group associations in the Southwestern Pennsylvania area. We are a family-oriented, Bible-honoring group, dedicated to providing information, support, Christian fellowship, and networking for the entire family through our evening meetings, field trips, and other events. Our adult programs feature information and teachings on homeschooling-related topics. Our children's programs are suitable for children ages 5-18. They provide fun, educational opportunities which help fulfill homeschooling requirements. We also feature a "Teen Room" where board games and snacks are shared under adult supervision. Membership is $16 per year; to receive a membership registration form, contact us at the email address above.
Valley Homeschoolers is located in the Upper Perkiomen Valley in SE Pennsylvania. Areas close to us are East Greenville, Quakertown, Emmaus, & Allentown. We all homeschool, but we don't all use the same methods. Some homeschool traditionally, others use the un-schooling approach, & others cyber-school. We are not affiliated with any particular religion, however, most of us are Christians. Most of us have children over the age of 8, but not all. There are many teens in our group, making us a bit different than a lot of other support groups. We've organized homeschool matinees at our local theater whenever an appropriate movie is showing (pretty much monthly). We've hosted a homeschool prom & other dances, in conjunction with The Master's Academy. We meet frequently on Mondays, as well as have ice cream socials & once a month bowling. Our goal is simply to support one another, provide each other, & others, with information about homeschooling, & get our kids together as much as possible. We network with other groups in our area, & we welcome new members. Even if you don't want to join, but are looking for information, please feel free to contact us!
Address: Tamara Kells (include "homeschool" in memo line), P.O. Box 213, Palm, PA 18070
York Home School Association, Inc. (YHSA)
YHSA is a Christian support group and it strives through all efforts to bring glory to God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, as prescribed in the Nicene Creed.
The mission of YHSA is to encourage excellence and integrity in home schooling. YHSA exists to serve the interests of parents educating their children at home under Act 169, the Pennsylvania Home Education Law of 1988; this does not include those enrolling their children in cyber or charter schools, which are part of the government school system in Pennsylvania.
YHSA is a volunteer run ministry. Through the involvement and effort of all of its member families, YHSA can provide encouragement and resources for families, assist new home schoolers, and provide academic and social interaction with other parents and children with similar concerns and educational goals.