Jon's Homeschool Resource Page

Jon's Homeschool Resources


This page has two parts:
Support Groups Neighbors to meet
Mailing Lists Neighbors to talk to
Web Pages Florida-specific web pages
Handbooks Florida-specific homeschooling handbooks

Support Groups top
Neighbors to meet

Over the years, many people have contributed to these listings. The seeds of the collection came from Ruthann Biel, Growing Without Schooling, and Home Education Press.
ABC Homeschool Cooperative
c/o Joyce Bussell
1140 NE Town Terrace
Jensen Beach, FL 34957
"Traditional Biblical Judeo-Christian values."
Resource listings for Lee County
Members receive a handbook, bimonthly newsletter, and discounts to CHEF events.
North Jacksonville
Citrus County Christian Homeschool Education Assoc.
c/o Marianne Parker
6012 W. Monticello St.
Homosassa, Fl 34448
Lake County, Christian. Mutual encouragement, information and support.
The Family Learning Exchange
2020 Turpentime Rd.
Mims, FL 32754
Florida Assoc for Schools at Home
1000 Devil's Dip
Tallahassee, FL 32308
"A support organization for homeschools and support groups in the state of Florida."
FHE - Florida Home Educators
Open to all Florida Home Educators regardless of creed, race or ethnic origin. Supplies information to those considering homeschooling. Has monthly meetings, Newsletter, Park Days, Theatre Days, Field Trips, Arts and Crafts, Moms' Night Out ... etc. Committed to doing as much as the membership is willing to get involved in.
PO Box 677523
Orlando, FL 32867-7523
Nonsectarian, and open to all Florida home educators. Offers both The Guide to Homeschooling in Florida "which covers most general questions" and a tollfree hotline for general homeschooling questions and referrences to local support groups and/or contacts.
Glades Christian Home Educators
Glades County
Holly Buonpastore <>
GCCHEA - Gulf Coast Christian Home Educators Association
P.O. Box 4506
Fort Walton Beach, Fl 32549
For homeschooling families that recognize and respect different philosophies of education. Community resources, common concerns, and friendship - independent of any specific religious orientation.
A cooperative, inclusive homeschooling group in Broward County, Florida.
Inclusive group in Jacksonville, including Orange Park. Weekly playdays, monthly field trips and a parent's meeting.
"An inclusive homeschooling support cooperative in Pinellas County, Florida."
Orlando. Inclusive and eclectic group of home educating families with children ages 6 or 7 and younger. Fieldtrips and playdates.
HOCC provides support, activities and information for homeschooling families in Southwest Florida. HOCC is open to any homeschooler regardless of race, religious beliefs, or home education philosophy.
NW Florida. All homeschooling families are welcome - religious and political beliefs are "not ... part of the group's identity and purpose."
Note: Site is currently (Mar 26, 03) unavailable. This may be a lapsed registration, as the WHOIS status on is "REGISTRAR-HOLD".
A non-sectarian, all-inclusive support group for new and veteran homeschoolers in the Space Coast/Brevard County Florida area. Monthly Park Days and Skate Days, field trips, 4H activities, monthly newsletter, and more.
Pensacola. An inclusive, eclectic group that supports unschooling families. All are welcome regardless of religion or homeschool style, but should know that activities are based on unschooling philosophies.
Orlando. Group is united by cooperative and social rather than religious reasons. All backgrounds are welcome: many members are eclectic, or unschoolers, but the only membership requirement is kindness and respect. $24/yr, prorated.
An inclusive support and networking group for home and alternative learners throughout the state; 'Publishes' LIFEs Homeschooling Handbook.
A "collaborative, alternative learning group" that thinks learning "should be a rich and satisfying experience that creates a never-ending desire to learn more!" Many activities, classes.
A free, cooperative group of homeschooling families in and around Marion County, Florida. home. All home educators are welcome, regardless of race, religion, political affiliation, or homeschooling style.
PALS - Parent Assisted Learning
Open to all kinds of schooling, religions, and ages; most families have young children but there are ALL ages from new born to 12th grade.
Parkland Home Educators
"Open to all, including families with preschoolers and those wanting to investigate home schooling as an option before jumping in."
Sandra D. Coburn
2045 Houndslake Drive
Winter Park, FL 32792
PATH - Parent Association for Teaching at Home
"Open to all homeschoolers and their families. Has several orientations for everyone to attend and groups that meet weekly to allow homeschoolers to get to know each other."
21719 S.W. 99th PL.
Miami,FL 33190
A "Judeo-Christian" support group for Lakeland and surrounding areas to help families on their homeschooling journey.
Secular homeschool support group in the Longwood / Sanford / Lake Mary area - wear a blue shirt to the weekly park days at Greenwood Lakes Park. Also monthly field trips.
Inclusive. Field trips and other social events, discounts at local retailers, experienced support, and more.
An inclusive support group for Palm Beach County, open to all homeschooling families regardless of religion or educational philosophy. Meets on the second Wednesday of each month at Barwick Park in Delray Beach from 1pm-3pm. Maintains the How to Homeschool handbook.
Social interaction and academic opportunities for Florida teen and pre-teen homeschoolers in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties, without regard to religion, race, or ethnicity.
Monthly park days.
TEACH - The Educators Association for Children's Homeschooling
Supports and encourages homeschoolers through the communication and presentation of ideas, issues and activities to and among homeschoolers, public officials and the general public.
North Miami
"A homeschool support organization open to all homeschoolers."
VAHA serves the South Georgia and North Florida area, and is open to any person or family who has an interest in homeschooling. Their web page has information on how to start, where to find help, resources and laws, plus lots of educational links.
Christian group for Ocoee, Winter Garden, Apopka, Clermont, Pine Hills, and any other close by areas.
Weston Homeschoolers
A tolerant and friendly group that welcomes all ages, unschooling / homeschooling methods.

Mailing Lists top
Neighbors to talk to

"the joys and trials of educating our children in the Sunshine State."
For all home educators to network on issues concerning Florida Home Education laws and legislative issues pertaining to home education. Not a discussion list for general home education questions.
A Christian homeschooling list.
South Florida Homeschool List
A low-volume list with information on South Florida field trips and happenings, as well as general homeschooling discussions. To subscribe, send email to with join sflhomeschool in the body of the message

Web Pages top
Florida-specific web pages

Lobbies in Tallahassee to safeguard existing legislation, and evaluate future legislation.
Has a good list of Palm Beach support groups.
Monthly tournaments. 813-987-6300

Handbooks top
Florida-specific homeschooling handbooks

A sample of the homeschooling handbook that comes with a CHEF membership.
A homeschooling handbook from the FPEA.
"A Guide to Getting Started in Florida" from South County Homeschoolers.
"A Resource Guide to Parent Directed Education in Florida" from LIFE of Florida.

Part of Jon's Homeschool Resources.

Copyright © 1995..2004 Jon Shemitz <>
September 9, 1995..September 14, 2004

Quick Tips
New to homeschooling?
New homeschoolers (in particular) will appreciate the handbooks that several Florida groups maintain.