After you’ve begun homeschooling (and sometimes even before), you may want to locate other homeschool families in your local area. In years past, the best way to locate local homeschool groups was to plug in your city or region and “homeschool” into your favorite search engine. And this may still be effective for large, established groups or for homeschool cooperatives (co-ops) that have a website. But currently, in the era of Facebook, you are more likely to find an active community of homeschoolers by searching the social network first.
On this page, we will help get you started in your search by listing some of the homeschooling support groups around the state. We will also explain more about one of the outgrowths of support groups – – homeschool co-ops. Finally, we will share some of the known (and lesser known) benefits of belonging to a homeschool support community.
Colorado Homeschool Support Groups
Most metropolitan areas of Colorado, and even many rural ones, will have at least one active homeschool group. Even if you can’t locate a current support group within driving distance, that doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to network with other homeschoolers in the state. Many families who live rurally or in an area with few other homeschoolers are able to get advice, camaraderie, and information from a virtual homeschool group, such as Time4Learning’s Colorado Homeschool Forum.
To help you begin your search for local support, explore the list below of some of the Colorado homeschool groups on Facebook:
- ArkValley Homeschoolers
- Colorado Secular Homeschoolers
- Colorado Springs Homeschool Families
- Denver Area Unschoolers
- Johnstown/Milliken Homeschoolers
- Longmont Homeschoolers
- Montrose Home School Corner
- Northern Colorado Homeschoolers
- Parker County Christian Home Educators
- Pueblo Eclectic Homeschoolers
Colorado Homeschool Co-ops
A dynamic outgrowth of a local support group is called a homeschool cooperative, or “co-op.” The goal of most co-ops is to provide a group learning and/or enrichment environment for homeschool families. Colorado is home to a great number of homeschool co-op groups, each with its own goals and approach. Homeschool co-ops are especially beneficial for courses that benefit from group participation, such as physical education, or courses such as lab science.
As an example, Aletheia Academy is a parent-directed homeschool cooperative that meets on Thursdays at a church in the Denver area. It is a Christian group that requires a statement of faith from new members. It also expects that parents will share in the responsibilities of teaching classes and helping with administrative duties. It also offers extracurricular opportunities for members such as field trips and service opportunities.
Benefits of Joining a Homeschool Group or Co-op
Is a homeschool group or homeschool cooperative the right fit for your family? Explore the benefits of each in the chart below to help you decide if seeking out this type of local network would meet your needs.
- homeschoolers can meet other students who are schooling the way they are
- pre-scheduled group activities such as field trips, clubs, spelling bees, and P.E. bring variety to the homeschool week
- parents will have opportunities to ask questions of other veteran homeschooling families
- most groups have an online presence such as an email chain or Facebook group where you can easily search for information
- leveraging the talents of other parents means access to courses and subjects you might not have been able to teach at home
- regular interactions with the same group of students weekly leads to friendships and camaraderie between homeschoolers
- exposure to different teaching styles helps homeschoolers prepare for later school/college experiences
Additional Resources Related to Homeschooling Colorado
Have other questions about homeschooling in Colorado? You may find the following pages helpful.