Maryland Homeschool Associations
As a new homeschooler in the Old Line State, it’s important to find support and encouragement from other families. Maryland homeschool associations help fill this need by providing a strong support system, reassurance, advocacy and more. These organizations are usually run by homeschooling families who volunteer their time in order to help others. They know what it’s like to be overwhelmed, and understand how the advice and support from others can positively affect your homeschooling experience.
Homeschoolers can also take advantage of several Maryland homeschool conventions such as the Maryland Catholic Homeschool Conference and the Maryland State Home School Curriculum Fair.
In Maryland, there are two major homeschool associations. Learn more about these and how they can benefit your family below.
Maryland Homeschool Association (MDHSA)
This statewide, inclusive association provides advocacy, resources, and more to homeschoolers in Maryland. Even though it was formed in 2014, MDHSA is the product of more than 10 years of grassroots efforts that began as way to share news and resources with homeschoolers in the state. Today, this volunteer-run organization aims to support homeschooling families in Maryland and protect their right to homeschool.
MDHSA provides tons of resources in a number of areas such as special needs and gifted education, homeschooling high school, and more. In addition, the organization keeps families informed and up to date on the legal aspects of homeschooling in Maryland.
Maryland Association of Christian Home Educators (MACHE)
Since 1989, MACHE has been supporting Christian homeschoolers in Maryland in numerous ways. Like many other homeschool associations, this private, non-profit organization seeks to encourage families, advocate for them, and inform them of any legislative changes that can affect their freedom to teach at home.
MACHE holds several events throughout the year including the Maryland State Home School Curriculum Fair, workshops, seminars, and other events. They also provide newsletters to members, discounts to MACHE events, and more.
Membership varies depending on group size, however, an individual membership is $9 a year.
Why Join a Homeschool Association?
There are so many benefits to being a part of a Maryland homeschool association. For starters, families can rest assured that they will be kept up to date on any legislative changes that may affect them. Homeschool associations also host several events and workshops throughout the year that allow families to come together and learn from each other. A homeschool association can help ease some of the stress associated with being a new homeschooler by providing useful information and tons of time-saving resources that a family may otherwise not have access to.
Additional Resources Related to Homeschooling Maryland
Find more information on homeschooling in Maryland by visiting the following pages.