TEACH CT - The Education Association of Christian Homeschoolers

CT Support Groups

This list of Connecticut support groups is for the benefit and encouragement
of homeschooling families and is not to be used for soliciting business.


Please contact TEACH’s Support Group Leader Coordinator, Donna Person, at
with any additions, updates, or deletions.

Statewide Groups

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)

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.

Connecticut Homeschoolers Inclusive

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.

Classical Conversations (CC)

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.
 

Groups By Region of the State

This section is organized by the following regions of the State:  Northwest, North Central, Northeast, Southeast, Southwest, Central, and Shoreline.

R.E.C.E.S.S. - Redefining Education Collaboratively Encouraging and Supporting Students

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

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 - 

Homeschool in the Hills Tween/Teen Co-op

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 -

Litchfield County Christian Homeschool Association (LCCHA)

Christian group offering fieldtrips, classes and homeschool soccer through its members. E-mail distribution of information available through the LCCHA network. 

Serves:    Litchfield County - Torrington, Goshen, New Hartford, Winsted, Harwinton, Litchfield, Thomaston 
Contact:  Tina Stawicki - 

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Daughters of Zion (DOZ)

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 - 
Website:  www.dozct.org

Kids for Christ Ellington Co-op

Christian Group requiring agreement and statement of faith.  Meeting Friday mornings in Ellington for fall and spring semesters with scheduled classes and winter semester with activities/field trips.  Possibly scheduling events during the summer allowing families to continue building friendships. 

Serves:  Tolland County and surrounding area, meets at Ellington Wesleyan Church
Contact: Sabrina Mosier -

Support and Encouragement for Learning At Home (SELAH)

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 -
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Christian Homeschoolers Organization of South East CT (CHOOSE CT)

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 -  - and Trish Harris -

Paideia Homeschool Co-op Association  

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.

Serves: Southeastern CT
Contact: Carlos or Sara Estevez -
Website: paideiahomeschool.wixsite.com/mysite

 

Christian Homeschoolers Acknowledging God in Education (CHANGE)

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.) 

 

Serves: Bethel, Newtown and surrounding areas

Contact: Valorie Delp at 

Christian Homeschooling Adults Leading Kids (CHALK)

Open group meeting in Milford on the 3rd Tuesday of the month.

Serves:    Milford, Orange, West Haven, Stratford
Contact:   Elizabeth Nelson -
Website:  www.homeschool-life.com/ct/chalk/  

Classical Kids (of Bethel)

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 -
Website:  www.classicalkids.net/

Dayspring Christian Homeschoolers

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 - 

Great Ways to Home Educate (GWHE)

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 -   or 
Karyn Bigham, VP, Information and Registration - 

Homeschoolers Of Principles and Encouragement (HOPE)

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
Website: www.hopehomeschoolct.com

S.E.E.D Co-op (Support, Encouragement, and Enrichment Development)

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 –

Southbury Family Tutorial Co-op (SFTC)

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 -  for more information

 

Families Assisting in Teaching Homes (FAITH)

Open group for K5 to 12th grade Christian families. Welcome calls from homeschoolers in the general area.

Serves:    Meriden, Wallingford, Southington
Contact:  www.thefaithgroup.org  

Learning In Godly Homes Together (LIGHT)

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 area
Contact:  www.thefaithgroup.org 

R.E.A.C.H. Co-op (Real-life Educational Adventures in Christian Homeschooling)

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 -
Website:  www.reach1coop.wix.com/home 

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Shoreline Christian Home Educators Fellowship (SCHEF)

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. 
Contact:  


Group for Special Needs Kids

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 -  

 

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