This directory of Connecticut support groups is for the benefit and encouragement
of homeschooling families and is not to be used for soliciting business.
Click on the map below to view a list of support groups in that region.
Note that some groups overlap into more than one region.
Please contact TEACH’s Support Group Leader Coordinator, Donna Person, at
moc.liamg@rotanidrooclgshcaet with any additions, updates, or deletions.
The first two groups listed below (CHN and CT Homeschoolers Inclusive) maintain a statewide Yahoo network. Joining the network is free, but you must be currently homeshooling in Connecticut. Once approved, you may reach out to homeschoolers in your area of networking, etc.
Connecticut Homeschool Network (CHN) is a secular statewide support & information homeschool organization that serves to inclusively inform, empower, and build community among home educators in the state of Connecticut. CHN also maintains a statewide Yahoo network. For more information, visit the CT Homeschool Network website.
CT Homeschoolers’ Inclusive is a statewide Yahoo Group whose mission is to connect and support CT homeschoolers regardless of geographic location, method of instruction or religious affiliation. For more information or to join the group, visit the CT Homeschooler’s Inclusive website.
CC believes the purpose of education is to know God and to make Him known. Their objective is to lead the home-centered education movement by equipping parents and students with the classical tools of learning needed to discover the order and beauty of God’s creation and to inspire others to do the same. Visit the Classical Conversations website for more information.
This section is organized by the following regions of the State: Northwest, North Central, Northeast, Central, Southwest, Southeast, and Shoreline.
Open Group meeting at the First Congregational Church,Thomaston, CT (near Waterbury). Homeschool In The Hills is a tween/teen cooperative learning program for homeschoolers, and at present is run informally with some general planning groups and parents within the community assuming various roles such as teachers, class facilitators, supervisors, planners, and more. These parents volunteer their time and skills and everyone in the group benefits. Homeschool In The Hills also offers children the opportunity to participate in a homeschool choir. The co-op members plan various Field Trip’s around the State. Homeschool In The Hills programs are run separately from the First Congregational Church and our cooperative is completely inclusive – all are welcome. We have members from all across the state.
Serves: Entire State
Contact: Pam Pinto - ten.tens@otnipp
Christian group offering information and occasional field trips through its members. Available to LCCHA members that are actively homeschooling, or have homeschooled in the past and would like to be a source of support and encouragement for the current homeschooling families. To join the Facebook page, apply here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/720083518017744/
Serves: Litchfield County - mostly Torrington, Goshen, New Hartford, Barkhamsted, Winsted, Harwinton, Litchfield
DOZ is a liturgical worship group for homeschooling Christian girls, ages 5 and up. The girls use tambourines, streamers, flags, fans, and dance in worship. The group generally meets on Friday afternoons in Vernon-Rockville from September to Thanksgiving and then again from March to May. There is also a DOZ 1-week summer camp.
Serves: Entire State
Contact: Melody van Achterberg - gro.tczod@tcatnoc
Christian group meeting once a month at Wintonbury Baptist Church, 54 Maple Avenue, Bloomfield, CT 06002. Fieldtrips, classes, and support through the membership. Open events offered throughout the year.
Serves: Bloomfield, Canton, Simsbury, Granby, Windsor, Suffield, West Hartford, Hartford, and beyond
Contact: Sharon Jackson - ten.tta@911noskcaj
Each Thursday morning families from the Quiet Corner of Connecticut gather together in Woodstock to cooperatively provide a multitude of enrichment-based learning opportunities for our school-aged kids and their younger siblings. To learn more about what R.E.C.E.S.S. offers, visit http://homeschoolrecess.weebly.com/. This is not a faith-based group.
Serves: Northeast Corner of Connecticut
Quiet Corner Homeschool Group is an open, secular group that welcomes and supports all styles of home schooling. We are loosely organized, and have no official leadership. Instead, we network to reach out to each other, and to new families, to help them in their journey, provide information, organize field trips, and make new homeschooling friends. Field trips and activities are independently organized by members networking via our FaceBook page. Events and offers emailed to the FaceBook address (https://www.facebook.com/groups/268476756562076/) will be posted on that page for members. FaceBook is our primary meeting place online. It is a closed, private group.
Serves: We largely exist in the Northeast corner of CT, but welcome families from anywhere in CT, RI, and MA who would like to reach out to other families. Our members are also affiliated with many other regional homeschool groups.
Contact: Audrey Hussey - ten.labolgcbs@eigoob_ak
Private group that requires a membership application & agreement with a statement of faith. Core activities: Curiosity Classes and Together on Tuesdays. Both events are held on Tuesdays. Curiosity Classes are member-exclusive, 60- to 90-minute fun classes; Together on Tuesdays operates as social time for both parents and children; it is open to any homeschooler of any age. Additional field trips and special events are also held during the year.
Serves: Gales Ferry, Ledyard, New London, Uncasville, Waterford, Montville, Groton, Mystic, Stonington, North Stonington, Lebanon, Franklin, Jewett City, Canterbury, Dayville, and Marlborough
Contact: Heather Medic - moc.liamg@40cidemrh - and Trish Harris - ten.labolgcbs@sirrah-ahsirt
Paideia was created by a military family with a heart to bring Connecticut families together, building friendships while raising our children in the ways of the Lord. Paideia is led and run by homeschool moms. We strive to provide our homeschool families with opportunities to learn and play together. We offer weekly academic lessons, monthly field trips, Mom’s night out, Dad outings and family dinner fellowships. At Paideia we also believe it is important to encourage moms in the difficult yet extremely important calling to raise the next generation of Christians in a fun, loving, Christ-centered environment. We meet in Uncasville, CT. To join this group you will need to sign a statement of faith.
This group is open to families who are homeschooling a child in at least 3rd grade (as determined by age) or older. We meet two Fridays per month at Walnut Hill Community Church in Bethel. We are a Christian group who welcomes all. While we do not require a signed statement of faith, we do have a code of conduct that is based in Scripture. We offer extra-curricular and enrichment classes in a wide variety of topics including music, arts, science, etc. As an extension of our Friday gatherings we also offer fencing and high school level academic classes (history, literature and writing, French, art and robotics) on Tuesdays at Edmond Town Hall in Newtown. (These are generally not open to non-co-op members.)
Open Group–not exclusively Christian–meeting 2 times monthly: once in the evening for adults and once in the afternoon for kids. Location varies, but usually Bethel.
Serves: Bethel, Danbury area
Contact: Diane Speed - moc.mmoctneilas@deepsd
Open Group meeting on the 4th Tuesday evening of each month, in alternating homes of members.
Serves: Lower Fairfield County, CT; Parts of Westchester County, NY
Contact: Lisbeth Miller - ten.enilnotpo@limhtebsil
GWHE welcomes all families, regardless of their faith, curriculum choice, or teaching style. The location of activities varies depending upon the interests of our members. We currently run the following activities: Co-ed Soccer, Used Curriculum Fair, Support Group Meetings, New Homeschooler Information Nights, Spelling Bee, Annual Picnic, Science Classes, Engineering Day, Teen Group, and many more. www.gwhe.org
Serves: Fairfield, Hartford, Litchfield, and New Haven County Homeschoolers
Contact: Tonya Mankowski, President - moc.liamg@tnediserpehwg or
Karyn Bigham, VP, Information and Registration - moc.liamg@noitamrofniEHWG
HOPE is an open homeschool group serving the greater New Haven area. We meet weekly, on Thursday’s, for classes, hikes, trips, and other activities. Our focus is to encourage
each other and to work together to provide an atmosphere where our children can grow friendships with others who have an interest in the Lord.
Serves: Greater New Haven area; meets in Ansonia
Contact: Mary Del Re and Kathy Gardecki
Regina Caeli Academy is a hybrid homeschool resource center in the Catholic tradition offering academic and extra curricular classes for homeschoolers. Our nationally accredited program serves PreK-3 - 12th grade students. Students attend university style classes taught using the Socratic method two days per week and are home schooled the remaining days. RCA provides a highly structured environment to support the values of the Catholic faith taught in the home. We use the Mother Of Divine Grace Classical Curriculum. Our mission is family-centered, grounded in the Magesterium, and devoted to excellence in classical education. We meet in Fairfield County at 254 Danbury Road, Wilton , CT 06897. For more information on enrollment, please visit our website.
Serves: Fairfield County
Website: www.rcahybrid.org/Centers/Fairfield_County_Connecticut - for contact information and enrollment
An open Christian group—all faith backgrounds welcome—offering Bible study classes for homeschool parents and two enrichment classes for children from K-12 grade. SEED meets Friday mornings from 9 am to 12 pm for two 12-week sessions, starting in September and then again the end of February, at Harvest Time Church, 1338 King Street, Greenwich, CT (1/2 mile away from the Westchester Airport). Childcare is provided for families whose participating children have siblings under the age of 5.
Serves: Lower Fairfield County and Westchester Area
Contact: Lisa Fitzpatrick – moc.liamtoh@ztifoasil
SFTC meets weekly at a local church in Southbury, CT for academic courses. We offer a traditional classroom setting using equipped parents or private tutors to provide academic courses for a high school transcript. For the 2014-2015 school year, we are adding some courses for middle school students. Students are required to attend class weekly and complete all homework, labs, and/or testing either at home or in the tutoring classroom. We hold a Christian Biblical worldview, which necessarily makes it’s way into our class discussions, but anyone is welcome to join our group.
Serves: Brookfield, Newtown, Southbury, Woodbury, Bethlehem, Waterbury, Prospect, Oxford, and surrounding towns
Contact: Annemarie - ten.retrahc@ylimafkants for more information
Open group for K5 to 12th grade Christian families. Welcome calls from homeschoolers in the general area.
Serves: Meriden, Wallingford, Southington
LIGHT is a cooperative Christian homeschool support group (K5 to 12th grade), made up of many families from various Christian denominations who seek to live out their faith, first of all, through a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, and secondly, in accordance with the character, attitudes, and actions that are in agreement with traditional biblical Christianity. LIGHT families fellowship and cooperate together based on these conservative Christian values in order to strengthen, encourage, and support one another as Christian homeschooling families.
Serves: Greater Meriden, Wallingford, Southington, Bristol, Waterbury and Cheshire area
REACH’s mission is to create a community where Christian homeschooling families can come together for worship, fellowship, educational activities, service projects and field trip adventures. We meet on Tuesday mornings. Each month, September through June, we plan a field trip, FUNdraiser for missions and two meeting days. Meeting days include Chapel Time (worship, Bible Time, missions focus), Mom’s Time Bible study and classes such as art, science, Spanish, soccer, creative writing, worship dance and activities for preschoolers as well.
Serves: East Hampton, Middletown, Glastonbury, Cromwell, Colchester, Marlborough, Portland and surrounding areas.
Contact: Jen Pietruszka - firstname.lastname@example.org
Open Christian group that requires members to agree with a basic statement of faith. We seek to minister to one another in fellowship, encouragement, and practical & prayer support. SCHEF provides various opportunities for fellowship (monthly support group meetings, play days, activities for couples/families) and educational activities (classes, field trips, and special events), as well as resource materials/information (lending library/website). Please visit SCHEF’s website or contact us for more information.
Serves: Branford, Guilford, Madison, Clinton, Old Saybrook, Old Lyme, and up through Chester, Killingworth, Haddam, and Middletown.
Open group that is not exclusively Christian. Currently re-organizing into smaller groups per county. Contact for more information.
Serves: Entire state
Contact: Theresa Lynch - moc.liamg@loohcsweivnoziroh
Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities has started local chapters in parts of Connecticut that serve to educate, guide, and inspire parents of children with learning disabilities and ADHD at the community level. The primary functions of a chapter include increasing awareness, creating a family support network, producing educational programs to help parents become effective advocates for their children, and raising funds for local and national events and programs. Check website for local chapters.
National nonprofit providing support, resources and encouragement to the special education community.
HSLDA offers help for parents who want to homeschool special needs children and struggling learners. Parents are often made to feel that they need to have their children taught by a professional in order for them to overcome challenges and reach their potential. However, HSLDA has found that with literature, teaching aids, and enlisting the help of professionals such as speech or physical therapy, any parent who desires to help their child learn can do a much better job than any school could do. Hundreds of parents who now homeschool their special needs children can testify that it works. Find out what help is available at the HSLDA website.
NOTE: Some services, such as phone consultation, require HSLDA membership. If you are a member of HSLDA, please call 540-338-5600 or email one of HSLDA’s special needs consultants. If you are not a member of HSLDA, we recommend that you first consider becoming a TEACH member so that you can benefit from HSLDA’s group member discount. Join HSLDA Online or download a Printable Application.