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Home Education in Connecticut

If your child is currently enrolled in a public school, be sure to submit a Letter of Withdrawal to the local public school superintendent BEFORE you start homeschooling.  You do NOT have to file a Notice of Intent.  The Connecticut Homeschool Network has more guidelines and information to help you get started.

NOTE: The information provided is a guideline. It is important for all parents to understand the statutes, procedures, policies, and/or guidelines in their home state and do what is necessary to comply with them. Find out the law in your state.

Home Education Resources and Support Groups

Families have been educating their children at home for years.  You don't need to start from scratch! 

Start with our Home Education Resources where you'll find links to curriculum, materials, teaching methods, answers to common questions about home education, step-by-step suggestions and creative options, and links to national organizations. Our goal is to share some of the best and most popular materials and resources.

You are not alone! There are many home education support groups in your area who have suggestions for teaching individual subjects, outlines of teaching methods, special needs links, activities, events, and much, much more.

We also have links below to the major home education organizations in Connecticut. You can find more support groups at their websites.


Private Schools

Use the National Center for Education Statistics to find a private school in your area - just enter your city!  This useful database has many ways to search, provides stats such as grade levels of schools, student population, contact info for schools.

Laws and Standards

For the best understanding on the law and how to read it, we recommend National Home Education Legal Defense (NHELD). Once you read their site, you'll know why they are your vanguards of true legal freedom.  Here is an excerpt from NHELD:


Parents educate their children for a variety of reasons in a variety of ways. However, there is one thing that is crucial for all parents, the need to be free so that they are able to educate in the manner in which they choose in the best interest of their children. Together, we can and must retain this freedom; without freedom, there is only one choice: government schooling. That is not acceptable.


We also have links to the laws regarding education (from the CHN website) and educational standards (from Developing Educational Standards)

If you feel that your group is not properly represented below - or if you know of a group that should be listed in one of our categories - or if you find a broken link - please let us know.  Thank you!


You may want to start with the main home education organization in your state.

Connecticut Homeschool Network (CHN)
Contact: Susan Cox

Connecticut Homeschool Network provides information about how to get started, educational approaches to consider, the legalities of homeschooling in Connecticut, where to find support and other homeschoolers with whom you can network and form a community.  CHN is completely inclusive, welcoming everyone of all races, religions, lifestyles, abilities and disabilities, and learning methodologies.

Here is another organization that you may find useful. 

The Education Association of Christian Homeschoolers of CT
Phone: (860) 435-2890

TEACH is a state-wide organization serving CT homeschooling parents. We are committed to help, support, inspire, and protect families in their God-given right to direct the education of their children, regardless of religious affiliation. Our annual convention is held in June.


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Home Educators of the Northwest Hills (HENH)
Contact:  (860) 491-5305
Home Educators of the Northwest Hills can connect you with authoritative resources on homeschooling in a supportive atmosphere.  We have helped many Northwest Connecticut families make comfortable and intelligent choices about homeschooling.

Area:  Northwest Connecticut


Unschoolers Unlimited
Contact:  Luz Shosie or Ned Vare, (203) 458-7402
We are an informal network of people holding informal gatherings about every other month. Membership is free and open to anyone interested in unschooling/life learning. Send us an email to request our free information and latest newsletter.


Between Counties
Contact:  Stacey Freddino
Between Counties is an inclusive group with a diverse membership.  Our goal is to bring home educators together to share experiences and resources; park dates, weekly social, classes.

Area:  Trumbull-Stratford-Milford area, towns near Fairfield/New Haven County border. But we have members as far as New Milford, Hamden, and Stamford.

Christian Homeschooling Adults Leading Kids (CHALK)
Contact:  Kim Pasquini
To provide Christian homeschooling families with prayer support, network of resources, encouragement in educating our kids, social events including Mom's night out, field trips, and gatherings for the whole family - including a year-end graduation & picnic!

Area:  Serving Milford, Stratford, Orange, West Haven, New Haven, Shelton, Ansonia, Derby and surrounding towns in Connecticut

CT Cooperative of Home Educators East of the River (CHEER)
Homeschool Support and Information Nights, Educational Resources, Science Fairs, National and International Fairs, Parents’ Night Out, Pinewood Derby, Family Dance Night, Valentine's Day Potluck Party, December Holiday Celebrations, Support Group Meetings, Used Curriculum Fairs, Beach Days; Ski Trips, and Park Days. Also bowling, Book Discussion Groups, Chess Clubs, Origami Making, Gymnastics, Ice Skating, Roller Skating, Game Days, Craft Days, assorted workshops and classes, and a wide variety of field trips & community events (and more). Educator discounts at many stores and museums, around the state and the country.

Area:  Membership is for current homeschoolers who reside east of the CT river.


CT Homeschoolers' Inclusive
The Mission of CT Homeschoolers’ Inclusive is to connect and support CT homeschoolers regardless of geographic location, method of instruction or religious affiliation.   The Yahoo Message Group is the hub of our activity, allowing homeschoolers across the state to connect to share ideas, methods, events and support.   While the majority of our connections will be made on-line, group members are welcome to schedule gatherings at different locations around the state to accommodate our membership; have car will travel.

Homeschool Muslim CT
Contact:  Anna Hanafi
All Muslims are invited to join and share ideas, methods, events, activities, and support. Membership is free and we have weekly activities.


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Last updated June 28, 2010

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