The most important thing for homeschool success is to mingle and socialize with other homeschooling families. Being a member of a support group allows you to share resources and information with them as well as to remind you that you are not alone in your home-teaching journey. Your county support groups can offer you families with common goals and interests to yours.
IMPORTANT:Note: Our information includes both Parent-led Homeschool Support Groups and Private School Satellite Programs (PSPs) formerly known as Independent Study Programs (ISPs).
What’s the difference?
The difference is that typically, the Parent-led Homeschool Support Groups are created by families for families to get together for social activities, such as park days, P.E. activities, organized classes, field trips and other “group” types of endeavors. Some require a general membership fee, but most do not. You can usually show up at a park day and meet the parents and children to see how you like the group.
PSPs or ISPs are private schools, usually small in enrollment, but schools nonetheless. Homeschooling families may enroll and pay tuition, in order to receive the administrative support of a school. This includes record-keeping of attendance, grades, testing and transcripts preparation.
To separate them, we have placed the letters PSP or ISP in the title of such schools.
- Fresno and Madera Homeschoolers [FAM] – Includes homeschooling families from Fresno, Madera, and surrounding counties in Central California. Our purpose is to offer support to local homeschoolers, and provide group activities and discussion. Our group is open to all homeschoolers, regardless of method or other affiliations. In addition to encouraging discussions among local homeschoolers, this is also a place to post and find out about homeschooling activities in the Central Valley.
- Fresno Christian Home Educators of Fresno Association [CHEFA] – Serving Fresno, Madera, Clovis, Reedley, Kingsburg and other Central California areas. Membership. This is a non-profit organization providing information, training, activities and support to the Christian Home School Community of the greater Fresno area. All functions offered by CHEFA are provided by volunteers. Contact information: Email Sally Motsenbocker.