Support Groups & Co-ops

Massachusetts

​Community Homeschool Organizations

Homeschool Support Groups and Organizations

Updated by Lauren Freed - Last revision 06/27/2020

MHLA encourages homeschoolers to maintain contact with a homeschool support network, either in person or via the Internet, in order to meet other homeschoolers who live nearby and share experiences of interacting with local school districts.

As a service to the homeschooling community, MHLA maintains the following lists containing contact information for homeschool support groups. Any homeschool support group may be listed here by emailing a brief group description with contact information (as you wish it to appear here) to MHLA.

We know from experience that each support group has its own unique character; you may need to search out several groups before you find one that is a good match for your family's needs. For further support, you can talk to other homeschoolers in your area and across the state by joining the MHLA Facebook Page.

The listing of a support group, organization or business below does not imply MHLA endorsement of that group. MHLA is not associated with any of these independent homeschooling support groups.

Our volunteers try to keep the list as accurate as possible.

Please email us with any additions, corrections, or broken links.

State-Wide

Massachusetts Homeschoolers Connection (Facebook Group)

Since 2009, MHC has helped Massachusetts homeschoolers connect with others in their local areas to find resources and support. Moderators Krysten & Jason Callina, Cindy Turner, Jenn Sendling Ortiz and Mary Roballo.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/masshomeschoolersconnection/

Barnstable County / Cape Cod

Cape Cod PACE

This community consists of past and present members of the Parents Association of Christian Educators (PACE) homeschool support group located on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. We maintain this group to encourage, assist, and communicate with one another regarding the needs of the local Christian homeschool community. This is a great place to announce events, seek advice, share good news, and encourage each other as week seek the Lord Jesus in our homeschool.

Email: CapeCodPACE@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/121035241247817/


Berkshire County

Berkshire County Homeschool Community (BCHC)

BCHC is a resource and support group for homeschooling families in Berkshire County. We organize activities that create a welcoming and diverse homeschool community. We offer friendship and support to new homeschooling families. This group is non-exclusive, not affiliated with any religious or political organizations and welcoming to all! There is no membership fee. We welcome and value the participation of anyone interested in homeschooling in Berkshire County.

For more information, contact us through the site at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/berkshirecountyhomeschoolcommunity/.

Hilltown Families

Hilltown Families is an online grassroots communication network for families living in Western MA. Founded in late 2005, Hilltown Families serves homeschooling families in Western Massachusetts, including the Hilltowns, Pioneer Valley and parts of the Berkshires. Through a dynamic web site/blog, social networking, listserv, podcast, online bulletin boards and collaborations with civic and nonprofit groups, Hilltown Families connects people and organizations in the widespread communities of Western MA by helping area residents share ideas, organize activities, support their children's education and increase participation in community life. A list of Weekly Suggested Events highlights community based educational opportunities while building community by sharing family-friendly events throughout the region. An easy and open online forums promote activities that enrich our childrens' education, serving a wide variety of educational choices.

Hilltown Families website: http://www.hilltownfamilies.org/

Contact email: hilltownfamilies@gmail.com

Bristol County / South Coast

Attleboro Area Homeschoolers

Weekly park days year-round on Thursdays. Online and in-person support and resources.

Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1629536273993348/

Email discussion list: https://groups.io/g/attleborohomeschoolers/

Contact: Roberta Van Vlack at roberta@uwalumni.com

Berkley Area Homeschoolers

Berkley Area Homeschoolers is an informally organized inclusive group serving Berkley and surrounding areas (Taunton, Berkley, Middleboro, Somerset, etc). Classes, field trips, play dates, and informal get-togethers are all organized through our yahoo group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BerkleyAreaHSers/

Contact: Pam Bolton at boltonpamela@yahoo.com

Flying Starlings - Westport, MA

Flying Starlings is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that offers a year-round Homeschool CoOp program, Teen Homeschool "after school" and are building towards a drop-off Homeschool Space for working families. Our CoOp is often filled with free-play, imagination, social experiences and ample opportunities for families to meet, learn, and grow from each other. We feel this allows for homeschoolers to build and grow confidence, education and friendships that can last a lifetime!

Contact Amanda Deane 508-208-3231 M- F
Email: FlyingStarlingsWestport@gmail.com
Visit
FlyingStarlings.com for more info

Illuminate Homeschool Productions

A Non-Profit Company Committed to Exceptional Opportunities in the Performing + Creative Arts for all ages • Homeschool-friendly + Community-minded • Built on a Foundation of Faith + Welcoming all

https://www.facebook.com/aworkinprogress1/

Coastal Free Learners

We are a Home Schooling support network along the southeastern coast of Massachusetts. We welcome all types of home-learners to share ideas for activities, field trips, and playgroups, etc. We are a group of like-minds with the intention of making homeschooling a positive experience for all!

Website: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/coastalfreelearners/

South Coast Homeschoolers

We are a member-led inclusive support group that operates on a pay-as-you-go basis for field trips, classes, and other activities that require fees. All activities are arranged through our online Yahoo Group.

Visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/schomeschoolers/ to join.


Franklin County

Athol-Orange Homeschooling Group

We are an inclusive group and welcome all homeschoolers, local or otherwise, with all styles. Other towns represented in our group are: Royalston, Warwick, New Salem, Phillipston, Templeton, Wendell, Gill, Erving, Gardner, Barre. Petersham.

Support list: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AtholOrangeHomeschooling/

Hudson Homeschoolers

Hudson Homeschoolers Facebook group is for people in Hudson, MA or surrounding areas who either are already homeschooling or are interested in starting.

The link to the group is https://www.facebook.com/groups/3153188471405158/

Hampden County

Hampden County Homeschoolers

Hampden County Homeschoolers is a yahoo group that is open to anyone interested in home schooling. We currently do not have regular meetings but offer our site as a way to network with each other, list activities and field trips and ask questions. We serve Westfield and the surrounding area.

We can be reached at http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/HCH/info?tab=s

Western Mass Catholic Homeschoolers

Members gather from across the Pioneer Valley to support each other as faithful Roman Catholics and to bring the Catholic way of life to greater fruition and brilliance in our homes. Our foundation is faithfulness to the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church. Our group features the Catholic Cantor Newsletter, First Friday Devotions, Monthly Parents Meetings, High School Classes and Coops, and Field Trips.

Contact: Christine Hebert at nechc@ourladyqueenofsaints.org.

Website: www.westernmasscatholichomeschoolers.com.

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/152924458119001/

Western Mass. Homeschoolers

Western Mass. Homeschoolers is a Christian group but all are welcome. Moms (and a few dads) come from all over the Pioneer Valley and CT for our monthly support group meetings, which are held the 2nd Thursday of each month Aug-May (except Dec). Our meetings include warm fellowship, access to our curriculum lending library, a devotion, and a speaker or panel discussion. We also host a Used Curriculum Sale, Science & History Fairs, and enjoy a few extracurricular activities like bowling, roller-skating, swim & gym and more. WMH publishes a weekly e-newsletter: News and Notes to network for buying/selling, co-ops, classes, field trips and more.

Visit www.wmhomeschoolers.org for more information or email information@wmhomeschoolers.org.


Hampshire County

Pioneer Valley Homeschoolers

We are an inclusive, eclectic network of over 200 homeschooling families in western Massachusetts. All are welcome!

Website: http://pvhg.net

Metro West

Marlborough Mayflower Homeschool Network

We're homeschoolers in the Marlborough, Massachusetts area sharing resources, ideas and support. We're an inclusive group of homeschoolers who respect our neighbors' choices.

Join us at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MarlboroughMayflowerHomeschoolNetwork/.

Tri-County Homeschoolers

Serving Norfolk, Middlesex and Worcester Counties.

All inclusive support network to connect homeschoolers throughout theses areas of Massachusetts to share events, park days and activities of smaller local groups with a larger more wide spread home school network.

Join our Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Tri-county_Homeschoolers/


Middlesex County

Hudson Homeschoolers

Hudson Homeschoolers Facebook group is for people in Hudson, MA or surrounding areas who either are already homeschooling or are interested in starting.

Link https://www.facebook.com/groups/3153188471405158/

FAITH Cooperative and Tutorials

We meet in Weston on Fridays and serve families from a range of surrounding towns. We are affiliated with MassHOPE, and the group is led from a Christian worldview. As a co-op, we offer parent-led enrichment and academic classes for children in Kindergarten through Grade 8. We also offer high school tutorial classes for students in Grade 9 and above. Additional opportunities include proctored standardized testing, various field trips, a Christmas recital, a field day, and one large group event per year which rotates between a Science Fair, a Geography Fair, and dramatic productions. The moms meet separately at least three times during the academic year in the evening for a time of fellowship and encouraging one another in our homeschooling journey.

We’d love to chat with you if you have questions or would like more information! Please email, FAITH.homeschoolers.group@gmail.com for more information.

Tri-County Homeschoolers

Serving Norfolk, Middlesex and Worcester Counties.

All inclusive support network to connect homeschoolers throughout theses areas of Massachusetts to share events, park days and activities of smaller local groups with a larger more wide spread home school network.

Visit our website for more information: https://sites.google.com/site/tricountyhomeschoolers/

Join our Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Tri-county_Homeschoolers/




Multiple counties

LEAF Home Learners Network

LEAF or "Learning Enrichment Active Partnership" is an inclusive, participant- directed network that welcomes all homeschool families in many communities in south-central Massachusetts, northern Rhode Island and northeastern Connecticut. The main purpose of LEAF is to give families the opportunity to share resources and talents, field trips and events, learning enrichment opportunities, and overall fellowship with others, in a variety of group settings. A Yahoo group and online calendar of events connects network families. Visit the LEAF website for more information: http://learninks.org/leaf.

Tri-County Homeschoolers

Serving Norfolk, Middlesex and Worcester Counties.

All inclusive support network to connect homeschoolers throughout theses areas of Massachusetts to share events, park days and activities of smaller local groups with a larger more wide spread home school network.

Visit our website for more information: https://sites.google.com/site/tricountyhomeschoolers/

Join our Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Tri-county_Homeschoolers/

North Shore/Merrimack Valley


Andover Area Homeschoolers

Welcome! The Andover Area Homeschool Group is an inclusive homeschool group, founded in 2014, serving the Andover area. Most of our members are from Andover, but also from surrounding communities including; North Andover, Boxford, Middleton, North Reading, Tewksbury, Dracut, and Methuen. We meet one day a month at the Memorial Hall Library, in Andover, MA.

Requirements: Everyone is welcome! There are no requirements for membership.

Benefits: Support from other homeschooling parents. Ideas and resources. Friends for yourself and your children.

For more info, please visit us on Facebook at: Andover Area Homeschool Group

Catholic Homeschoolers in Massachusetts East (CHIME)

Please visit our website http://www.chimehomeschool.com/content/.

Essex County Inclusive Homeschool Group

The Essex County Inclusive homeschooling group is a new homeschooling group open to all homeschoolers in Essex County, Massachusetts and beyond (including Marblehead, Swampscott, Salem, Beverly, Danvers, Manchester, Magnolia, Gloucester, Ipswich, Topsfield, Methuen, Lynn, Nahant and Peabody etc.). We have many families from the North Shore. This group will serve as a support group, an activity group and an on-line discussion group. The group is open to homeschooling families and to those families considering homeschooling. By inclusive, we mean accepting of all homeschoolers regardless of race, religion (e.g. Unitarian-Universalist, Jewish, Hindu, Quaker, Mormon, Muslim, Pagan, Christian, Catholic, Buddhist, Agnostic, Atheist etc.), homeschool methods and lifestyle. We look forward to meeting everyone.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EssexCountyInclusivehomeschoolinggroup

Greater Lawrence Homeschoolers

Membership: Free. We make use of free community resources as much as possible.

Homebase: Nevins Library in Methuen, MA (While not all our activities are here, we reserve their free meeting space to meet up on a monthly basis.)

Members: Secular and religious homeschoolers from any and all homeschooling approaches and philosophies in Greater Lawrence/Merrimack Valley area, including: Methuen, Lawrence, Andover, North Andover, Dracut, Haverhill, Windham and Salem, NH.

For more info, please go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/GreaterLawrenceHomeschoolers/

Contact: Amy Berard amyberard2002@yahoo.com.

Haverhill Area Homeschool Group

Haverhill Area Homeschool Group is associated with MassHope as a Christian homeschool organization. We have monthly "parent" support group meetings, various group activities/field trips and a website/private forum at www.homeschool-life.com/ma/hah. Yearly dues of $18 are all that are required to receive the benefits of being a part of our local group.

For more information, contact Lis Penney penneys5@gmail.com or

if you prefer telephone contact, Cathy Huppe 978-352-4122.

Homeschooling Together

created eclectic programs to purchased curricula.

Homeschooling Together is the oldest support group in the Arlington area. We are an active group with over 200 member. Please visit our Web page at: http://www.homeschoolingtogether.org/.

To request more information, email bermudes@verizon.net.

North Shore Christian Homeschoolers (NSCH)

NSCH is a ministry whose leadership and direction is based on the Christian faith. Our website www.nschonline.org keeps members in the know about group and area events, as well as email notifications and discussions. Those interested in membership must attend at least one support group meeting, pay a yearly family membership fee, and fill out an online member profile.

Contact: www.nschonline.org

North Suburban Homelearners

NSHL is an inclusive group whose primary focus is providing educational and social opportunities for our children and support for ourselves as homeschooling parents. We welcome the participation of all members of our group. Everyone is encouraged to become involved in group organization, as well as planning of field trips and other activities. We are open to anyone who is either currently homeschooling or interested in learning about homeschooling.

Contact: www.nshlonline.org

Norfolk County

The Needham Homeschool Group

Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1004819586629640/

Tri-County Homeschoolers

Serving Norfolk, Middlesex and Worcester Counties.

All inclusive support network to connect homeschoolers throughout theses areas of Massachusetts to share events, park days and activities of smaller local groups with a larger more wide spread home school network.

Visit our website for more information: https://sites.google.com/site/tricountyhomeschoolers/

Join our Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Tri-county_Homeschoolers/

Plymouth County / South shore

Beacon Homeschool co-op

The goal of the Beacon Homeschoolers Facebook Group is to encourage one another in Christian homeschooling efforts. Sharing our faith through scriptures and prayer, as well as curriculum ideas, tips & projects.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1194936700856786/

INHARMONYHomeschoolNetwork

South Shore based but open to all homeschoolers in MA. "A network for homeschoolers in MA who are inspired by nature and who want to strive to live in Harmony...with each other and with the Earth"

To join the yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/INHARMONYHomeschoolNetwork

Contact: Marcia, marsi77@aol.com

Little Way Home Educators

Support for Catholic and Catholic-friendly home educators south of Boston and South Shore Young Homeschoolers for parents of 0-6 year olds.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/240998166098568/

SoBien - South of Boston Indpendent Education Network

South of Boston Independent Education Network (SoBIEN) is an open and inclusive group for home educating families. Our goal is to provide a respectful and welcoming network for the sharing of social and educational opportunities and general support in the communities south of Boston.

Yahoo: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SoBIEN/

South Shore Home Learners

South Shore Home Learners was founded in 2003 by a small group of families who believe in home-based learning and attachment parenting. Our mission is to provide families with opportunities to be part of a harmonious homeschooling community where all who gather feel welcome and supported. Provides support meetings, classes, workshops and activities.

For more information, visit our Yahoo group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SSHLSupport/

Or contact Kris at keckland02@yahoo.com or Heidi at heidiconner@hotmail.com or by phone at 781-582-1187.

South Shore Young Homeschoolers

South Shore Young Homeschoolers is a community of parents and caregivers, who are homeschooling their children ages 0-6. If your children are in preschool or kindergarten, but you're interested in supplementing their studies, we very much welcome you as well.

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/MASSYH/

Wareham/Middleboro Area Homeschoolers

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/657067654695861/

Suffolk County / Boston

Hub Homeschoolers

Hub Homeschoolers is a Boston-area group for homeschooling families living within the Boston neighborhoods of Jamaica Plain, Mission Hill/Roxbury, South End, Dorchester, Roslindale, Hyde Park, and West Roxbury. Activities are centered in Jamaica Plain. The median birthyear for children in the group is 1998.

For further information please see: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hubhomeschoolers/


Worcester County

LACI Learning

LACI (Learning = Action x Curiosity + Imagination Squared): a homeschooler's association that meets on Tuesdays in Shrewsbury, MA with child-centered programming for kids ages 0 to 14.

Please visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LaciHomeschool, or email us for more information at laci@lacihomeschool.org.

Worcester Home Educators' Network (WHEN)

WHEN is a group of Worcester area home educators who meet for support, activities and discussion monthly.

For more information check out our website http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WorcesterHEN/

Deltic Co-op in Uxbridge MA

We are a faith based homeschool community meeting Fridays at Cornerstone Church in Uxbridge. We offer complimentary classes and support group for moms. We meet for 10 weeks in the fall and 10 weeks in the spring. All parents participate in teaching or assisting. This is not a drop off co-op.

Contact- Sandraauthier@aol.com