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by Mary Ann Kelley

Illinois Homeschool Organizations

Illinois Christian Home Educators (ICHE)

"The mission of ICHE is to call, encourage, and assist Christian families to trust our trustworthy God through practicing a home-based, family-funded, multi-generational, life-long discipleship that builds Christian character, pursues excellence in academics, nurtures an ever-deepening faith, and impacts our world for Jesus Christ." Large site with many resources.

Illinois Coalition of Non-Public Schools

ICNS is the voice of the non-public school community representing twenty different non-public school associations.

Illinois Homeschool Support Groups

CHAMPs Homeschool Arlington Heights/NW Chicago Surburban Area

Christian Homeschool Arts & Music Programs - enrichment cooperative meets weekly throughout school year

SCCCHE Belleville

St. Clair County Christian Home is intended to provide useful information to aid families in their endeavor to educate their children at home. Please contact us if you have any questions conerning home education.

MECHE - Metro East Catholic Home Educators Belleville

Support group of Catholic Homeschoolers living near Belleville, IL.

Crossroads Area Home School Association Bloomington

CAHSA unites Central Illinois homeschoolers in the area where I-74, I-39, I-55 and IL-51 connect. This website is a resource for those who have chosen homeschooling as the best route for educating their children. Here they will find information about classes, activities, field trips, and communications with other homeschoolers in the area.

F.A.I.T.H. Force Carmi, Carrier Mills, Creal Springs, Crossville, Eldorado, Fairfield, Galatia, Harco, Herod, Junction, McLeansboro, Norris City, West Salem

F.A.I.T.H. Force (Firm Assurance Instilling Truth in the Hearts of our children) is a Christian homeschool support group for families who have chosen to educate their children at home. F.A.I.T.H. Force plans field trips and activities for children to enjoy fellowship, and moms devotions for inspiration and information sharing. Active members of ICHE (Illinois Christian Home Educators). F.A.I.T.H. Force was established in 2005.

Homeschool Dads in Central Illinois Central Illinois counties

This group will serve as a meeting place and information exchange for Central Illinois area homeschool Dads. Fathers who are considering homeschooling their children are welcome as well. Here, Fathers can discuss homeschool issues, ask questions, exchange ideas about curriculum, share activities and schedule get togethers.

Christian Homeschool Connection Champaign / Urbana

We are a Christian support group. We are based out of Champaign, IL and encompass many other counties as well. We hold classes, field trips, support groups and with our web site we are able to provide a secure place to communicate with other members and create learning experiences for our children.

National Parenting Education Network (NPEN) Chicago

The vision of the National Parenting Education Network (NPEN) is that all parents/families will have the information, resources and support needed to provide a nurturing relationship and an optimal environment that will encourage their children's healthy growth and development.

Our Lady, Queen of Peace Chicago

Our group consists of practicing Catholic home schooling families. A primary purpose of the group is to build up the kingdom of God on earth by raising children who are strong in the practice and knowledge of their Catholic faith. We offer support and information to parents, and provide social, academic, and spiritual opportunities for our children.

Mom's Home Room Chicago

Come and chat with other homeschooling moms! Share your homeschooling adventures, get some homeschooling advice, vent your homeschooling frustrations in a safe, friendly place. Have a field trip idea? A class idea? Want to meet for lunch? Share your ideas here on the list! This list is for informational purposes and sharing of ideas among are homeschooling moms. This list has members from all over the Chicago area and from many different religious backgrounds. Members also have different homeschooling philosophies. The common ground is homeschooling.

Christian Home Educators of Southwest Chicagoland Chicago & Southwest Suburbs

Home Discipleship Focused support group

Phenomenal Homeschool Chicago, IL

Homeschool Co-op for Special Needs

Decatur Area Homeschool Network Decatur

A network of homeschool information and available community resources for homeschooled students and families. With the mutual goal of providing the best education possible for their children, this group is meant to be a source of support and information for experienced and inexperienced homeschoolers alike.

Kaleidoscopes- Co-op Decatur

A homeschool co-op group.

MICAH Decatur

MICAH is a new, inclusive homeschooling group forming in the Central Illinois area. We offer an exciting slate of cooperative classes plus all the things you want in a support group. We have a monthly newsletter, starting August 1st, containing details about MICAH activities such as field trips and special classes. MICAH members will enjoy: Field trips, Co-operative classes for K4-12th grade, Moms-only meetings, Family activities, School pictures, Homeschool ID, Book fair, Standardized testing, Private online groups for support and social networking, and small, specially arranged classes like horseback riding

Family of Christian Home Educators Edwardsville, Glen Carbon

FOCHE is a Christ-centered organization providing information and support to Christian parents who are, or will be teaching their children at home. FOCHE offers opportunities for fellowship, training and encouragement to better equip its members to accomplish their family's home education goals.

Westside HOUSE Forest Park and surrounding areas

Home Oriented Unique Schooling Experience is an inclusive, non-sectarian network of homeschooling support groups. The Westside HOUSE chapter meets the second Friday of each month at the Forest Park Public Library (at the corner of Des Plaines and Jackson) between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. You and your children are welcome!

Prairie State Homeschoolers Fox Valley

PSH is a nonsectarian inclusive Homeschool group. PSH provides support, park days, gym days, book discussion, story time, field trips, used book sales, a lending library and more.

SCARCE Homeschool / Community Membership Program Glen Ellyn

The Home School Membership provides homeschoolers with used textbooks and teaching materials, staff assistance, student programs, and other services designed for them, all at minimal cost.

Riverbend Christian Home Educators Coalition Godfrey

A Christian home school support group. There is a newsletter sent via email but no website at this time.

Off The Beaten Path Lake and McHenry Counties

An inclusive support network of unschooling families. OTBP's mission is to bring local unschooling families out of the woodwork and give them the opportunity to connect and support one another, both online and in person.

Metro-East Secular Homeschoolers Madison & St Clair County

A group of friends in the Metro East area that get together for playdates, fieldtrips and other activities in the Illinois Metro East area of St. Louis. A secular group that follows no particular religion and doesn't bring religion into our curriculum. A friendly group of families that enjoy getting together to let our children play and to have other adults to interact with.

Grassroots Homeschoolers HOUSE Matteson

This non-profit organization exists for the purpose of nurturing your family in a non-denominatinal, non-sectarian capacity. We welcome all faiths, all abilities, and all educational styles. To the homeschooling community, we offer social opportunities, practical information, and learning adventures to be experienced by not only our members but the general public as well.

Homeschool Resource Center Monee

The Homeschool Resource Center exists to provide information, advice, encouragement, fellowship, and resources to Christian homeschooling families. The Center also conducts monthly meetings that include discussions on various subjects pertaining to the heart of homeschooling and home discipleship. There are also two co-ops, e-mail information loop, larger lending library, used curriculum, etc.

Wild Indigo Life Learners Naperville

Wild Indigo Life Learners is made up of unschooling families who have chosen to be facilitators in the life learning journey of their children. We are based in the Naperville area yet draw from many communities in the western suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. We are currently planning field trips and other organized events on Wednesdays.

Many Rivers Unschoolers Naperville, Aurora, Joliet

An all inclusive homeschooling group. We practice child-led learning, as opposed to following a set curriculum. We meet every Wednesday for an unstructured play group, and on other days for special field trips and special-interest groups. Our special-interest groups currently include anime club, science club, game day, gym day, fiber arts group, and parent's night out. We also produce Undercurrents, our own journal of arts and literature, and participate in homeschool acting classes, swimming, and skating days.

SOTCHEHSers Northeastern region

This group will be an email resource for members of the Splendor of Truth Catholic Home School group comprised of members from northeastern Illinois (Winthrop Harbor, Zion, Waukegan, Gurnee, Wadsworth, Russell, etc) and southeastern Wisconsin (Kenosha, Racine, Pleasant Prairie, Sturtevant, Mount Pleasant, etc.)

Northern Illinois Homeschool Monthly Northern Illinois

Monthly Newsletter

Northern Illinois Homeschool Monthly Northern Illinois

Northern Illinois Homeschool Monthly is your news resource for Current Events, Field Trips, Co-op Classes, Private or Instructor Led Classes, Used/New Curriculum Sales, Groups, Conferences, Museum Discount Days, Nature Centers and so much more.

Association of Peoria Area Christian Home Educators Peoria

"Helping Parents Excel in Home Educating Their Children from a Christian Perspective". The vision of APACHE is threefold: To provide education and information to parents. To provide activities to assist parents in their efforts. To promote understanding and acceptance of home schooling as an excellent means of education. Some of APACHE's activities include: a monthly newsletter, annual convention and curriculum fair, library, choir, a track and field day, history fair, science fair, talent night, and smaller local support groups and parents' meetings.

Peoria Area Homeschoolers Peoria

Enhancing the home education experience for homeschooling parent/guardians of all backgrounds in the Peoria area. PAH provides an opportunity for members to provide support, play dates, field trips, and networking opportunities to each other.

Quad City Area Secular Homeschoolers Quad City area

QCA Secular Homeschoolers is primarily geared toward families who are homeschooling for reasons other than religion and who are looking for an alternative to religious homeschool groups. Activity announcements, homeschooling related questions/stories/advice, event planning and supportive emails are all appropriate for the group. The QCA Secular Homeschoolers group is not limited to any one form/method of homeschooling.

Illinois Homeschoolers for Open Peaceful Education Rockford

I-H.O.P.E exists to offer supplemental classes, field trips, and other enrichment activities for homeschoolers and their families. I-H.O.P.E provides support and encouragement to all; regardless of age, race, creed, ethnicity, family composition, gender, learning disabilities, religion or lack there of, or sexual preference; believing all families have the right to educate their children in an open, peaceful manner

Schaumburg H.O.U.S.E. Schaumburg, Elgin, Streamwood, Wheaton, and Bartlett

A non-sectarian group of homeschoolers that support all educational philosophies and family lifestyles. We facilitate activities, classes, cultural events, and general gatherings to aid our children in making friends and being part of a larger community. Schaumburg H.O.U.S.E. is a chapter of Illinois H.O.U.S.E., the statewide organization (Home Oriented Unique Schooling Experience).

Queen of All Saints Home Educators Springfield, Illinois Area and Sangamon County

A group of Catholic Homeschooling families.

St. Clair & Madison County Homeschoolers St.Clair and Madison Counties

Exchange ideas, give links, support each other with curriculum, homeschool, general talk, scriptures or encouragment!

Illinois H.O.U.S.E. Statewide

H.O.U.S.E. (Home Oriented Unique Schooling Experience) is a network of homeschool support groups whose purpose is to support families in exercising their right to homeschool regardless of age, color, creed, ethnic background, family composition, financial condition, gender, learning disabilities, race, religion or lack thereof, sexual preference, or special educational needs. H.O.U.S.E. is a non-sectarian homeschooling support group.

Illinois Homeschool Announce (ILHSannounce) Statewide

This list is for all Illinois homeschoolers, or those who are interested in homeschooling in Illinois. This is to be an inclusive list, so while you may certainly identify your religious interests as it affects your home education program, we will not encourage comparative religion discussions.This list is intended for announcements of area activities, field trips, speakers, group meetings, and legal information discussions. Legislation information, whether local, State, or Federal, is requested although this list is not a source of legal advice. However, discussion of alerts from various sources is always encouraged.

Homeschooling in Illinois Statewide

Explore Homeschooling in Illinois

Illinois Christian Home Educators Support Groups Statewide

ICHE's vast network of Support Groups reaches all parts of Illinois. These locally based groups provide mentoring, schooling resources, curriculum ideas, prayer support, and the individual “hands and feet” of ministry.

Homeschool Resource Center Will County

support group

Woodfield Area Learning Exchange Woodfield

WALE, a chapter of IIllinois H.O.U.S.E. (Home Oriented Unique Schooling Experience)! We meet regularly to support all friends of homeschooling! Mad Math Mondays, Park Dates, FUN Excursions to area attractions, Accurate information through Illinois HOUSE and AdHoc on legal developments in our state, and updates on area happenings through our bulletin board chat on Yahoo! eGroups

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