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Support groups offer help to first-time homeschoolers with: learning about the law, doing the necessary paperwork, group activities for parents and kids, year-end assessments, finding tutors and teaching assistance, and recommendations for books and local resources. If you don't have a support group, connect with a few local families and create one!
New York State
NYHEN ( New York Home Educators' Network) is a state-wide organization of homeschoolers. Here you can learn about the latest changes in homeschooling regulations in NYS. As laws change, you can follow the discussions at the NYHEN Yahoo group.
Hudson Valley STEAM Playgroup for Homeschoolers was created by a homeschooling parent who is also a Computer Programmer and Solutions Developer. (STEAM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) Located in East Fishkill, Dutchess County, at the Fishkill library, meetings include fun interactive games and computer programming concepts. Free, geared for ages 5-10. Contact Sandra Flick: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lists of Organizations in NY State
New York City Organizations
NYC has a thriving community of homeschoolers, with groups forming in nearly every neighborhood.New York - Citywide / Manhattan / Brooklyn / Queens / Staten Island /
New York - Citywide
The contact info is:
Lauren Scott (Boingercat (at) aol.com; 516-746-4270)
Susan Proven (Ulysses942 (at) aol.com)
LIGHT's vision is to ensure that all families are aware that homeschooling in New York is a legal, viable option as an educational choice. They 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.
Every year NYC organizations and institutions advertise more classes for homeschooled kids along with their public "afterschool" offerings. Here are some offerings created just for homeschoolers: