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New York Support Groups For Homeschooling

New York Homeschool Groups

Whether you are a new homeschooler or a veteran homeschooler in New York, joining a homeschool support group is always an option.  Especially in New York, which has some of the strictest homeschooling regulations in the country, you may find that linking up with other homeschool families helps you access advice and suggestions in addition to the social benefits.  If you decide to network through a homeschool support group, the next question is which type.

There are many homeschool support groups in New York, ranging from statewide associations to regional support organizations, to local social networks. Depending on the level of involvement you want, you can find co-op homeschooling groups in New York (where resources are shared between members of the homeschool co-op), local homeschool groups in New York (where members meet locally for educational and social events) and even virtual homeschool groups in New York.

Check out below to see some New York homeschool groups you can join!

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New York Statewide Homeschool Groups 

New York Regional Homeschool Groups 

New York Homeschool Groups By County 

 

New York Statewide Homeschool Groups

In a state like New York, which has more homeschool regulations than other states, you may want to consider joining a statewide association.  These broader New York homeschool groups may offer information and resources to ensure you are legally homeschooling, and they may provide advocacy to support your homeschool beyond the classroom.  Statewide associations can also help to connect you with local support groups and resources.  Here are a few statewide homeschool groups in New York:

A.P.P.L.E. Family and Homeschool Group

“The central purpose for APPLE is for the children, and to function as a family* group where families of like interests, can come together in a variety of ways.  The gatherings may be by way of one family -to-one family, or as a group. Gatherings may take place as field trips, outings, organized functions, lunches, dinners, meetings, even spontaneous get-togethers. Homeschooling issues and exchanges of information, are also a function of APPLE.”

Homeschool New York: Loving Education at Home (LEAH)

“Loving Education At Home is a Christian organization, the members of which are like-minded Christian home education support groups made up of families dedicated to observing the Biblical commands of Deuteronomy 6:4-10, Proverbs 22:6, and Ephesians 6:4… New York State Loving Education At Home (LEAH) is a statewide organization dedicated to supporting and promoting home education throughout New York.” Facebook Page

New York Home Educators’ Network, NYHEN

“We are New York State homeschoolers past, present, and future, from seasoned veterans to newcomers. We are a diverse group with different views, and we accept members regardless of their approaches to homeschooling. We welcome all members who believe in our mission.”

New York State Homeschoolers

“The “New York State Homeschoolers” group is a space to communicate with other homeschoolers across the state about homeschooling laws and regulations, NY homeschooling advocacy, reporting or testing questions, and events or services available to homeschoolers. Membership to the group is limited to homeschoolers residing in New York State and people interested in exploring homeschooling as an option.”

 

New York Regional Groups 

Sometimes regional homeschool support groups can be valuable as they allow the sharing of resources and opportunities across county lines.  For example, if you live in the New York City area, you may want to find a homeschool co-op in NYC or participate in one or more NYC homeschooling groups.  As a member of a regional homeschool group, you may feel a little more connected with other members than in a larger statewide association.  Below are some of New York’s regional homeschool support groups:

Capital Region

 

Mohawk Valley

Central New York

 

New York City

Finger Lakes

 

North Country

Long Island

 

Southern Tier

Mid-Hudson

 

Western New York

 

 

Capital Region

Capital District Homeschoolers

Welcome! This group is an inclusive place for sharing tips and ideas, setting up field trips and casual get-togethers and just supporting one another!

Kids Out and About

“The Capital District online guide to everything for kids, teens, & families.” Find a list of homeschooling classes in the Capital District here.

 

 

Central New York

CNY Homeschoolers United

“CNY Homeschoolers United is a network of home school based families and groups that partnerships with one another to achieve the best practice, best outcomes for students from grades P-12. Participation is a collaboration that has been established to help bring homeschoolers in the CNY Area together helping to enrich the homeschooling experience for our children. We each volunteer our time and skills to enhance learning activities and are happy that you are here to take part in these learning adventures.

Home Learners Association of Central New York (HLACNY)

HLACNY is a secular homeschooling organization serving the CNY and Syracuse area.

 

 

Finger Lakes

 

 

Long Island

Charlotte Mason Community of Long Island

“This is a new Charlotte Mason group on Long Island dedicated to learning about and implementing Charlotte Mason’s educational philosophy. You don’t have to currently practice CM in your home, and you don’t have to be a homeschooler. We welcome families of all faiths and backgrounds.

Long Island Homeschool—Learning Is Gathering Homeschoolers Together (LIGHT)

“LIGHT is a secular grassroots non-profit organization directed by member consensus. The common interest of our members is home-education and homeschool information. The purpose of this organization is to offer information, organize activities for members by members (and their children and families), hold meetings that support members in their home education choice and help members to introduce themselves to one another. All services are provided through the unpaid volunteer efforts of the members. All members are invited to attend business meetings or send written opinions.

Long Island Special Homeschool Families

“This is a group for families homeschooling special needs children and their siblings in Long Island, NY. It is meant to help encourage and support one another with advice, ideas, and tips on how to meet the educational needs and interests of our children, as well as discuss and help with homeschool paperwork and being in compliance with the NY Homeschool Regulations. Meet ups and events are organized to connect with families as well. All members are encouraged to organize activities, outings, events and contribute to discussions.

 

 

Mid-Hudson

Hudson Valley Homeschoolers

Are you currently homeschooling or planning to homeschool? We’re glad you’re here! Have a homeschool support question or a homeschool-related event to share? Great!

 

 

Mohawk Valley

 

 

New York City

HomeschoolNYC

“Connect with other homeschoolers in the NYC area and take advantage of the many resources on the website.”

New York City Home Educators Alliance (NYCHEA)

“Homeschooling in New York City is an incredible experience. Like the city itself, our community is diverse, talented and exciting. With almost 400 families, our members hail from every borough and from every point on the continuum of homeschooling–from toddlers to high schoolers; from curriculum-based learning to unschooling. Belonging to NYCHEA will give you access to a vast array of options as a homeschooler.

Radical Unschoolers in New York (RUNNY)

“Here is a place for a community of families who wish to pursue joyfully whole-life-learning alongside their children. Hopefully, this e-community will serve as a place for us to inspire each other, arrange meetings, and discuss the joys and challenges of radical unschooling in and around New York.

Resource and Opportunity Center for Homeschoolers

“The ROC (Resource and Opportunity Center) for Homeschoolers is open to homeschooling families in the New York City area and serves as a gathering/meeting place and informal resource center.  Through the offering of memberships, programs, classes, workshops, free playtime and activities, families can enjoy socializing, and sharing/swapping – information, opinions, materials and/or meals, etc – while learning and playing together with other homeschooling families.  Various classes, and activities are scheduled throughout the year at our home base in the East Village, as well as in various other locations including The Dana Discovery Center in Central Park, Different Directions Collective and the Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew on the Upper West Side and the New York Riding Academy on Randall’s Island, among others.”

 

 

North Country

North Country Homeschooling

“Activities and support for homeschoolers in Clinton, Essex, and Franklin counties of northern New York.”

 

 

Southern Tier

Home Education Exchange of the Southern Tier

“Home Education Exchange of the Southern Tier is a nonsectarian activity and support group for homeschoolers and for those exploring educational alternatives.  We respect each child’s interests, learning style, and rate of progress; and strive to preserve and promote the joy of learning.  We appreciate the richness of diversity that each family brings to the group.”

 

 

Western New York 

Buffalo Southtowns Homeschoolers

This is an all inclusive group for homeschooling families in the southtowns of Buffalo, NY. Please feel free to post playgroups, classes, and any other info pertaining to homeschooling.”

Children of Mary Home Schoolers

Children of Mary Home Schoolers is “a Catholic home school support group located in Western New York State.  The Children of Mary Home Schoolers was founded to give Catholic home schoolers opportunities to learn, play, and pray together, and for parents of Catholic home schoolers to plan spiritual, academic, and social events for the children and to assist one another in the unique apostolate of home education.

Western New York LEAH

“Loving Education At Home is a Christian organization, the members of which are like-minded Christian home education support groups made up of families dedicated to observing the Biblical commands of Deuteronomy 6:4-10, Proverbs 22:6, and Ephesians 6:4…. We offer support meetings and events, help with the NYS regulations, field trips and family activities, a members-only discussion group, and the amazing benefits of LEAH.”

WNY Homeschool for High School

“For the homeschooler of older kids, middle school to college entrance.”

 

 

New York County Groups  

The most personal connection you can get is by joining a local homeschool group.  Many of these groups meet face to face for classes and social events.  We have listed a bunch of local homeschool groups here by county:

Albany

 Chautauqua 

 Delaware

 Genesee

 Lewis

 New York

 Orleans

 Richmond

 Schuyler 

Tompkins

 Wyoming

 

 Allegany

Chemung

 Dutchess

 Greene

 Livingston

 Niagara

 Oswego

 Rockland

 Seneca

 Ulster

Yates

 

Bronx

 Chenango 

 Erie

 Hamilton

 Madison

 Oneida

 Otsego

Saint Lawrence

 Steuben 

Warren

 

Broome 

 Clinton

 Essex

 Herkimer

 Monroe

 Onondaga

 Putnam

 Saratoga

 Suffolk 

Washington

 

 

Cattaraugus 

 Columbia

 Franklin

 Jefferson

 Montgomery

 Ontario

 Queens

 Schenectady

 Sullivan 

Wayne

 

 

Cayuga 

 Cortland

 Fulton

 Kings

 Nassau

 Orange

 Rensselaer

 Schoharie

 Tioga 

Westchester

 

 

 

 

Albany County

 Saratoga LEAH

“Saratoga LEAH is a local chapter of New York State Loving Education At Home (LEAH), a statewide Christian homeschooling support group. At the meetings we discuss topics that pertain to homeschooling, plan activities, ask for advice and suggestions, and share resources we have found. Parents can connect with others whose children are the same age and build a network of like-minded friends and fellow homeschoolers.”

 

 

Allegany County

 

 

Bronx County

Bronx Unschooling Homeschooling NYC

“This group was created as a safe place for families who are homeschooling their children. We will learn, share and find resources children, tweens and teens are WELCOMED. We can all benefit from meeting new people and having healthy conversations.”

 

 

Broome County

 

 

Cattaraugus County 

 

 

Cayuga County

 

 

Chautauqua County

Chautauqua County Homeschoolers

“I thought of creating this group as a system of support. We all encounter questions, concerns and, conversely, have exciting events/opportunities that we would like to share. Feel free to post anything homeschool in this group and invite other area homeschoolers as I do not have everyone that homeschools in this area in my friends list. I’m hoping this will create another great avenue of communication especially when it comes to questions of reporting, testing and more of the like!”

 

 

Chemung County

 

 

Chenango County

 

 

Clinton County

 

 

Columbia County

The Alternative Learning Center (TALC)

“The Alternative Learning Center (TALC) is a homeschooling community and cooperative based in Columbia County, New York. Our mission is to provide a place where homeschooling families meet to support each other and learn together in an inclusive environment. Our membership includes approximately 20-30 families from Columbia, Berkshire, Greene, Ulster, Rensselaer, and surrounding counties. We meet once a week at the facility we rent, which has a gym, classrooms, a kitchen, playing fields, tennis courts, a playroom for toddlers, and an outdoor playground.”

 

 

Cortland County

 

 

Delaware County

 

 

Dutchess County

Dutchess County Homeschool (DCH) Sports

“Dutchess County Homeschool Sports (“DCH”) is a non-profit, youth sports ministry that has been serving the Homeschool Community of the Hudson Valley since 2010.DCH was initially formed to serve the sports needs of homeschooling families in Dutchess County, NY.  However in 2014, DCH expanded to include year-round sports opportunities not only for homeschoolers of Dutchess County but for all students of the Hudson Valley region. Our programs include Saturday instructional basketball (winter) and soccer (fall), summer basketball & volleyball camps, off-season basketball training, and basketball (winter) & volleyball (spring) teams exclusively for homeschoolers that compete with the local Christian schools, private schools, and town teams. DCH Sports blends the teaching of athletic skills, good sportsmanship and Biblical truths into each program.”  Facebook Page

Homeschoolers-on-the-Hudson

“Welcome to Homeschoolers-on-the-Hudson (HOTH)!  HOTH is a non-profit inclusive homeschooling group that meets every Monday in Poughkeepsie, NY.”

Rivertown Homeschooler Cooperative

“Rivertown Homeschoolers Cooperative (RHC) is a family-centered and inclusive homeschooling and unschooling cooperative for families from Beacon, NY and beyond. We seek to nurture each child’s passions and interests in a rich learning environment while also building a strong web of connection and support between students and their families. Our offerings are member-driven, and include classes led by both co-op members and professional teachers as well as a variety of activities that students can choose to participate in when they are not taking classes. Students are encouraged to follow their interests and are given the space to work both independently and collaboratively, and all our offerings and activities are non-compulsory.”

 

 

Erie County

Buffalo Homeschoolers Cooperative

“We are open to homeschoolers, unschoolers, and everyone that educates their children. We are a not a religious group. We are new cooperative centered in the inner city of Buffalo.”

Buffalo NY Charlotte Mason Study Group

“We are here to support anybody who would like more information about the Charlotte Mason method of education.

 

 

Essex County

 

 

Franklin County

 

 

Fulton County

 

 

Genesee County

 

 

Greene County

The Alternative Learning Center (TALC)

“The Alternative Learning Center (TALC) is a homeschooling community and cooperative based in Columbia County, New York. Our mission is to provide a place where homeschooling families meet to support each other and learn together in an inclusive environment. Our membership includes approximately 20-30 families from Columbia, Berkshire, Greene, Ulster, Rensselaer, and surrounding counties. We meet once a week at the facility we rent, which has a gym, classrooms, a kitchen, playing fields, tennis courts, a playroom for toddlers, and an outdoor playground.”

 

 

Hamilton County

 

 

Herkimer County

 

 

Jefferson County

 

 

Kings County (Brooklyn)

Brooklyn Apple Academy

“Brooklyn Apple is Brooklyn’s first and only Home School Resource Center.  In addition to our full day programs, we offer meet ups, makershop access, classes, events, and room for the community to flourish! We believe that children should have meaningful experiences with the world outside the classroom. Students at B.A.A. are given the time to play outdoors, and the space and resources they need to sustain their curiosity, and become inspired, independent learners.” Facebook Page.

Brooklyn-Queens LEAH

“BQ LEAH is a chapter of Loving Education At Home (LEAH). We are a Christian homeschooling support group serving homeschooling families in Brooklyn and Queens and the surrounding areas…. Career Night, Spelling Bee, Science Fair and Art Gallery name a few of our evening adventures for the whole family. Homeschool Days like Be Creative Day, Homeschool 101 Workshops and Picnics are always fun and educational offerings. At BQ LEAH there is something for everyone and every age.”

 

 

Lewis County

 

 

Livingston County

 

 

Madison County

 

 

Monroe County

Charity Homeschool

“Charity Homeschool Group is a Christian organization that helps families in the Rochester, NY area through support, co-op classes, online discussion, field trips, new homeschool seminars and more.”

Kids Out and About

“Rochester’s online guide to everything for kids, teens, & families.” Find a list of homeschooling classes in the Rochester area here.

PCC LEAH

“PCC LEAH is a ministry of Pittsford Community Church and a Rochester, NY area chapter of New York State LEAH, Inc. (Loving Education at Home). PCC LEAH is a Christian organization, made up of Christian homeschooling families in the greater Rochester, NY area. This chapter is open to membership from within and outside Pittsford Community Church. Members must agree to the LEAH statement of faith (below). The group offers support and fellowship to homeschooling parents as well as activities and relationships for homeschooled children which complement and build upon the parent’s homeschooling goals.”

Rochester Area Homeschoolers Association

“We are one of a number of member organizations in the Rochester, New York area…. We are a community of homeschooling families dedicated to supporting one another in our common commitment to learning without schooling. Our membership gathers together for philosophical rather than religious reasons and therefore welcomes families of all backgrounds who share our vision. We are deeply devoted to our children and believe that their growth is best fostered in a child led, rather than curriculum-driven, learning environment that is centered in the home and reaches out to explore the world around us.”

St. Thomas Aquinas Homeschoolers of the Rochester Area

“Our mission is to provide information, experiences, and a supportive community for Catholic families who choose to educate their children at home.  St. Thomas Aquinas Homeschoolers of the Rochester Area has as its foundation and as the guiding principle of all its function and activities fidelity to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.”

 

 

Montgomery County

 

 

Nassau County

 

 

New York

 

 

Niagara County

St. Peter Lutheran Church Homeschool Educational Resource Center

“It is the mission of the Educational Resource Center, as a ministry of St. Peter Lutheran Church and School, to provide support to parents, recognizing in that Office a duty to educate their children which is both holy and pleasing to God.”  Located in Lockport, NY.

 

 

Oneida County

Rome LEAH

“Welcome to the Rome chapter of New York State Loving Education at Home (LEAH). NYS LEAH is a state-wide network of support groups, serving home school families from around the state. We are a non-denominational Christian organization, promoting home education as the Scriptural design for education. We believe every family has the God-given legal right to home educate in NYS, regardless of their educational philosophy or religious affiliation.”

 

 

Onondaga County

East Side Homeschool Cooperative

A secular homeschooling co-op located in Fayetteville, NY offering enrichment classes to homeschooling families…. Our mission is to provide a wide variety of quality enrichment and academic classes to homeschooling families in Central New York. Our co-op offers parent-led classes that range from dissection to sewing to strength training to drama. Our co-op offers four 6-week sessions (we meet on Fridays), plus two choral concerts, and one rocking field day in May. Our co-op welcomes families of all faiths. All co-op families are guaranteed classes for each and every child, during each period of the co-op day.  Children range in age from preschool to high school.” Facebook Page

Syracuse-Area Homeschoolers’ Association (SAHA)

“We are a diverse group of families who homeschool. Membership in our group is open and not limited to those with particular religious beliefs or political affiliations.”

 

 

Ontario County

 

 

Orange County

 

 

Orleans County

 

 

Oswego County

Oswego County LEAH

Oswego County LEAH (Loving Education at Home) exists to support homeschooling families and to promote homeschooling in the Oswego County area. Our members represent a diversity of traditions within the Christian faith, over 25 different denominations and non-denominational churches represented, who are united in their commitment to home education. Oswego County LEAH is a local chapter of the New York State Loving Education at Home (NYS LEAH).

 

 

Otsego County

 

 

Putnam County

 

 

Queens County

Brooklyn-Queens LEAH

“BQ LEAH is a chapter of Loving Education At Home (LEAH). We are a Christian homeschooling support group serving homeschooling families in Brooklyn and Queens and the surrounding areas…. Career Night, Spelling Bee, Science Fair and Art Gallery name a few of our evening adventures for the whole family. Homeschool Days like Be Creative Day, Homeschool 101 Workshops and Picnics are always fun and educational offerings. At BQ LEAH there is something for everyone and every age.”

 

 

Rensselaer County

The Alternative Learning Center (TALC)

“The Alternative Learning Center (TALC) is a homeschooling community and cooperative based in Columbia County, New York. Our mission is to provide a place where homeschooling families meet to support each other and learn together in an inclusive environment. Our membership includes approximately 20-30 families from Columbia, Berkshire, Greene, Ulster, Rensselaer, and surrounding counties. We meet once a week at the facility we rent, which has a gym, classrooms, a kitchen, playing fields, tennis courts, a playroom for toddlers, and an outdoor playground.”

 

 

Richmond County (Staten Island)

 

 

Rockland County

 

 

Saint Lawrence County

 

 

Saratoga County

Greater Glens Falls Christian Homeschoolers

“We are home educating parents who are interested in walking along with other home educators and their families.  We are here to provide information, share ideas, pool resources, encourage one another and be supportive. Greater Glens Falls Christian Homeschoolers (GGFCH) is a local chapter of New York State LEAH made up of Homeschooling families from Saratoga, Warren, and Washington Counties in NY.” Facebook Page

Saratoga LEAH

“Saratoga LEAH is a local chapter of New York State Loving Education At Home (LEAH), a statewide Christian homeschooling support group…. At the meetings we discuss topics that pertain to homeschooling, plan activities, ask for advice and suggestions, and share resources we have found. Parents can connect with others whose children are the same age and build a network of like-minded friends and fellow homeschoolers.”

 

 

Schenectady County

 

 

Schoharie County

 

 

Schuyler County

 

 

Seneca County

 

 

Steuben County

 

 

Suffolk County

SCNY (Suffolk County NY) Homeschool Group

“This group is for parents in Suffolk County, NY who have already submitted their Letter of Intent to Homeschool…. This list is meant to provide a forum where homeschooling families can connect with other homeschoolers located on the eastern half of Long Island…. Some topics that may be discussed on this list include: Planning field trips and other events, resources and opportunities available to homeschoolers in Suffolk County, finding other homeschoolers with similar interests, understanding and dealing with NY state homeschooling regulations, first hand experiences with specific school districts, suggestions for writing IHIPs and quarterly reports, and varying homeschooling approaches and curriculums.”

 

 

Sullivan County

 

 

Tioga County

 

 

Tompkins County 

Ithaca NY Area Homeschoolers

“This is for people in the area of Ithaca NY who are, or are interested in, homeschooling. It is non-sectarian and inclusive, and all varieties of homeschooling are welcome.”

 Northern Light Learning Center

“Northern Light Learning Center (NLLC) is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization. Our primary purpose is to build a cooperative learning community that expands the educational and social opportunities for homeschoolers and homeschooling families in the Ithaca area. We coordinate a regular schedule of classes and events and organize shared homeschool resources.”

 

 

 

Ulster County

The Alternative Learning Center (TALC)

“The Alternative Learning Center (TALC) is a homeschooling community and cooperative based in Columbia County, New York. Our mission is to provide a place where homeschooling families meet to support each other and learn together in an inclusive environment. Our membership includes approximately 20-30 families from Columbia, Berkshire, Greene, Ulster, Rensselaer, and surrounding counties. We meet once a week at the facility we rent, which has a gym, classrooms, a kitchen, playing fields, tennis courts, a playroom for toddlers, and an outdoor playground.”

Homeschoolers-on-the-Hudson: 3 Rivers Homeschool Co-op

“We are a multi-aged secular educational and social homeschool co-op. We meet on Wednesdays from 11 to 3 in Stone Ridge NY. We are united by a belief in taking personal responsibility which is what allows us to function as smoothly as we do. We have 3 age groups, under 6, 6-9 and 10 and over but children are placed according to ability. We have 6-8 week sessions ending with a co-op swap/sale, using currency of our own creation.”

 

 

Warren County

Greater Glens Falls Christian Homeschoolers

“We are home educating parents who are interested in walking along with other home educators and their families.  We are here to provide information, share ideas, pool resources, encourage one another and be supportive. Greater Glens Falls Christian Homeschoolers (GGFCH) is a local chapter of New York State LEAH made up of Homeschooling families from Saratoga, Warren, and Washington Counties in NY. Facebook Page

 

 

Washington County

Greater Glens Falls Christian Homeschoolers

“We are home educating parents who are interested in walking along with other home educators and their families.  We are here to provide information, share ideas, pool resources, encourage one another and be supportive. Greater Glens Falls Christian Homeschoolers (GGFCH) is a local chapter of New York State LEAH made up of Homeschooling families from Saratoga, Warren, and Washington Counties in NY.” Facebook Page

 

 

Wayne County

 

 

Westchester County

 

 

Wyoming County

 

 

Yates County

 

 

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