Homeschooling seems an incredibly mainstream educational option in today’s society, but that certainly was not always the case. For every state where homeschooling is legal, (all of them!) there were families at some point who had to confront legal opposition to that right. Out of those legal battles, many statewide associations for homeschoolers were born. Although today there may be fewer legal battles to fight, the focus of any statewide homeschool organization is still ultimately to support a family’s right to educate their children as they see fit. On this page, you will learn about the Michigan homeschool association and discover some of the benefits you might gain from membership.
Information Network for Christian Homes (INCH)
Currently, there is one statewide homeschool association for families in Michigan, the Information Network for Christian Homes. According to the INCH website, the goal of their organization is to “provide information, instruction, and inspiration for Michigan’s home educators.” Some of the services and resources offered by INCH include:
- an annual Michigan homeschool convention
- a regular newsletter of information pertinent to homeschoolers in the state
- a member ID card
- general information relating to homeschooling in the state
- yearly graduate recognition ceremony
- legislative email alerts
It is important to note that INCH is a wholly faith-based organization with its overall goals, precepts, and agendas arising from a Christian worldview. This does not mean that secular homeschooling families cannot or should not join INCH, but may want to take this fact into account when making their decisions.
Why Join a Homeschool Association?
Families choosing to homeschool, particularly those who are new to the process, can feel understandably overwhelmed about taking their child’s education into their own hands. A statewide homeschool association not only brings validation to a family’s choice, but reminds them that they are not alone in their decision. It also keeps them aware of any changes to laws relating to homeschooling in a given state. If you plan on homeschooling long-term, connecting with a statewide organization can be beneficial in terms of staying up-to-date on information and events across the area.
Additional Resources Related to Homeschooling Michigan
Have other questions about homeschooling in Michigan? You may find the following pages helpful.