When families begin considering the idea of homeschooling, their research usually starts at the state level. That’s because, in the United States, homeschool laws and guidelines are decided by each specific state. When you begin researching homeschooling in Florida, you will probably soon notice a single acronym that comes up quite often: FPEA. This acronym stands for the Florida Parent-Educators Association, a statewide support system for homeschooling families. This page will share with you what a homeschool association is, the goal of FPEA, and why your family might want to become a member of a state homeschool association.
Statewide homeschool associations usually get their start when a group of families join together and build a support system for some or all homeschooling families in a given state. The Florida Parent-Educators Association (FPEA) is just such an outgrowth, serving thousands of homeschooling families in the state. According to the FPEA website, the mission of the Florida Parent-Educators Association is as follows:
The Florida Parent-Educators Association exists solely to serve homeschooling families in Florida. It executes that mission through support for the legal right to homeschool, local school board education and interaction, support group networking, a state convention, local conferences and events, informative communications, and individual encouragement, all in accordance with Judeo-Christian principles.
The FPEA breaks up the state of Florida into seven districts with a District Director in each one to guide the efforts of the organization regionally. In addition to having access to this director for all your homeschooling questions, joining the FPEA allows you to take advantage of these other services:
- information on local support groups in your area
- the annual FPEA homeschool convention
- discounts on FPEA events as well as on educational merchandise from participating vendors
- statewide homeschool graduation ceremony
- college and career fair
- regular emails regarding upcoming events, legislative updates relating to homeschooling, and member benefits
Additional Resources Related to Homeschooling in Florida
Have other questions about homeschooling in Florida? You may find the following pages helpful.
- Homeschooling in Florida: An Overview
- Florida Homeschooling Laws
- Florida Umbrella Schools
- Homeschool Groups and Co-ops
- Florida Homeschool Field Trips
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