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Local Support Groups

These support groups are independently run; each has their own unique culture. We list them as a service to Massachusetts homeschoolers, but being listed here does not imply an endorsement by AHEM. AHEM reserves the right to remove a listing at any time. Don't see a group in your area? Start your own! For inspiration, see Why and How to Get Connected.

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Barnstable County

Coastal Free Learners

URL: http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/coastalfreelearners/info 
Contact: Judith, hillhomeschoolers at gmail dot com
Area primarily served: Cape Cod and the Islands
Eligibility:  All those who are homeschooling or are interested in homeschooling.
How to join:
 Just click on "join" for the yahoo group. Also, we have a Facebook Group under the name "Coastal Free Learners of Cape Cod."
Fee: 
No
Special focus:
 No special focus, broad-based membership

Berkshire County

Berkshire Homeschoolers

URL: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BerkshireHomeschoolers/ 
Contact: Amy, amynajimy at yahoo dot com
Primary area served: Berkshire County
Eligibility: Anyone currently homeschooling or planning to home school their children
How to join:
 Go to the yahoo group and click to join adding a small sentence or two about yourself. The moderator will receive your message and approve you to join the group.
Fee: No 
Special focus: 
No special focus, broad-based membership

Bristol County

Attleboro Area Homeschoolers
URL: 
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AttleboroAreaHomeschoolers/ 
Contact: 
Carla, cjrissmeyer at gmail dot com
Area primarily served: 
Southeastern Massachusetts and Northern Rhode Island 
Eligibility: 
Homeschooling families
How to join: 
Ask to join the Yahoo group. Tell about yourself.
Fee: 
No
Special focus: 
No special focus, broad-based membership

Berkley Area Homeschoolers

URL: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BerkleyAreaHSers/
Contact:
 Pam, boltonpamela at yahoo dot com
Area primarily served:
 Berkley, Taunton, Fall River, Attleboro
Eligibility: 
Active homeschooling families
How to join: 
Ask to join the Yahoogroup. Tell about yourself, and or answer questions.
Fee: No
Special focus: No special focus, broad-based membership

Southcoast Homeschoolers

URL: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/schomeschoolers/
Contact:
Area primarily served: Southcoast of MA (New Bedford area)
Eligibility: Any homeschooler, any homeschooling family, anyone considering homeschooling that lives in southcoast Massachusetts.
How to join: 
Go to our Yahoo Group to apply.
Fee: No 
Special focus: 
No special focus, broad-based membership

Dukes County

Essex County

Amesbury MA Homeschoolers Group

URL: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1414538995520945/
Contact: Heidi, heidimurphy07 at yahoo dot com
Area primarily served: Amesbury, MA
Eligibility: Anyone who is homeschooling or interested in homeschooling their children in the Amesbury MA area.
How to join:
 Just add yourself to the facebook group page (link above).
Fee: 
No
Special focus: No special focus, broad-based membership

Essex County Inclusive Homeschool Group

URL: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/EssexCountyInclusivehomeschoolinggroup/info
Contact: Laurel, essexcountyinclusivehomeschoolinggroup-owner at yahoogroups dot com
Area primarily served: North of Boston (Northshore) Essex County
Eligibility: Homeschoolers, and those interested in homeschooling
How to join:
 Send email to list owner.
Fee: 
No
Special focus: No special focus, broad-based membership

Greater Lawrence Homeschoolers

URL: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/GreaterLawrenceHomeschoolers/
Contact: 
Area primarily served: Greater Lawrence, Massachusetts: Andover, N. Andover, Methuen, Salem, NH, Windham, Dracut
Eligibility: Any homeschooler in the Greater Lawrence, Massachusetts area
How to join: 
Visit our site and request membership.
Fee: 
No 
Special focus: 
No special focus, broad-based membership

Haverhill Area Homeschool Group

URL: https://www.facebook.com/groups/335722683186135/
Contact: Amanda, jezilogan at gmail dot com 
Area primarily served: Merrimack Valley, Haverhill, Lawrence, Andover, Groveland, Georgetown, North Andover, northern Essex county  
Eligibility: Homeschool families in the region
How to join:
Request to be added to the Facebook group. Be on the lookout for a message from an administrator confirming your interest. 
Fee: 
No 
Special focus: 
No special focus, broad-based membership

Home School Meetups Group

URL: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hsmeetups/ 
Contact:  
Area primarily served: Northern MA, Merrimack Valley area and Southern NH
Eligibility: Anyone who would like to or does home school
How to join: 
Request to join the Yahoo group.
Fee: No 
Special focus: 
No special focus, broad-based membership

North Shore (MA) Inclusive Homeschoolers

URL: https://www.facebook.com/groups/595436360613882/
Contact: Robin, robinerubin at gmail dot com
Primary area served: North Shore of Massachusetts
Eligibility: Parents who are considering homeschooling or are currently homeschooling.
How to join: Post an introduction, including name, where you live and why you would like to join group.
Fee: No 
Special focus: 
No special focus, broad-based membership

North Shore Young Homeschoolers

URL: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nsyounghomeschoolers/
Contact: 
Primary area served: North Shore (Beverly, Danvers, Salem, Peabody, etc).
Eligibility: All homeschoolers, though our activities are geared towards preschool and elementary school aged children.
How to join: Apply to join the Yahoo Group.
Fee: No 
Special focus: 
No special focus, broad-based membership

Nuts About Learning

URL: https://m.facebook.com/groups/202309239950482/
Contact: Molly, mbelisle2 at hotmail dot com
Primary area served: North Shore of MA
Eligibility: Anyone interested in life learning/unschooling
How to join: Join us on Facebook, and then check your "other" folder for an introductory PM before approval.
Fee: No 
Special focus: 
Open-minded unschooling

Salem, MA Homeschooling Association

URL: https://www.facebook.com/groups/418987084913393/ 
Contact: Erin, erinthehealer at gmail dot com
Primary area served: Salem, MA
Eligibility: Families actively homeschooling in Salem, MA who are looking for support, a place to share resources, and talk with local parents.
How to join: Click "join group" on the facebook page and then check your "other" folder for a message from the administrator.
Fee: No 
Special focus: 
Salem homeschoolers

Franklin County

Athol Orange Homeschoolers

URL: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AtholOrangeHomeschooling/
Contact:

Area primarily served:  Athol, Orange, Warwick, Erving, Gill, Royalston, New Salem, Wendell, Petersham, Phillipston, Winchendon, Gardner and Templeton
Eligibility: 
Anyone that homeschools or is thinking about homeschooling in the listed areas.
How to join: 
Join the Yahoo group.
Fee: No 
Special focus: 
No special focus, broad-based membership

Hampden County

Hampden County Homeschoolers

URL: groups.yahoo.com/group/HCH/?tab=s 
Contact: 
 
Area primarily served:
 Westfield
Eligibility: 
Anyone interested in homeschooling.
How to join: 
Send an email and let us know about your homeschool interest.
Fee: No. 
Special focus: 
No special focus, broad-based membership.

Hampshire County

Pioneer Valley Homeschooling Group

URL: http://pvhg.net
Contact: Miranda, mirandashannon at gmail dot com
Area primarily served: Pioneer Valley, Western Mass from CT to VT borders and beyond
Eligibility:  Inclusive, eclectic network of over 200 secular homeschooling families since 2001. All are welcome!
How to join:
 Easy - just go to the face page at www.pvhg.net and follow the prompts
Fee:
 No.
Special focus:
 No special focus, broad-based membership.

Western Mass Whole Life Learners

URL: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/westernmasswholelifelearners/
Contact: 
Area primarily served: Pioneer Valley (Amherst, Easthampton, Florence, Granby, Hadley, Holyoke, Leverett, Northampton, Springfield, and all the surrounding areas.)
Eligibility: Homeschooling families in the area
How to join:
 Click join on yahoo group and reply to email that asks whether you homeschool and what town you are from.
Fee:
 No.
Special focus:
 No special focus, broad-based membership.

Middlesex County

Billerica Homeschooling Association

URL: https://www.facebook.com/groups/786629184717875/
Contact: Bradley, bhahelp at gmail dot com
Area primarily served: Towns within about a 20 minute drive of Billerica.
Eligibility: Any home educator who is interested in support and supporting others.
How to join: 
Go to the facebook page and ask to join.
Fee: No.
Special focus:
 No special focus, broad-based membership.

The Classical Co-op

URL: https://www.facebook.com/groups/457337424653392/
Contact: Alex, alex8665 at yahoo dot com 
Area primarily served: Westford, Chelmsford, Littleton, Ayer, Lowell, Nashua, Dunstable, Tewksbury, Southern NH.
Eligibility: Like-minded families who are interested in Classical Christian education, integrating studies and restful teaching approach.
How to join: 
Contact director to schedule meetup. Eligibility is largely based on enrollment needs as well as common goals. Visits are encouraged before joining.
Fee: Yes. Estimated $200/year (rent plus materials and insurance)
Special focus:
 Deliberately Christian. Espousing classical tradition but at home the range is from somewhat classical to Charlotte Mason, eclectic, some Waldorf. Restful teaching over everything else.

Homeschooling Together

URL: http://www.homeschoolingtogether.org/
Contact: Peter, bermudes at verizon dot net
Area primarily served: Homeschooling Together is based in Arlington and surrounding communities, but draws members from a wide geographical area.
Eligibility: Anyone interested in actively exploring and/or joining and building our homeschooling community is welcome.
How to join: 
Homeschooling Together is an open support group. People are welcome to join at any time. All members are required to read and respect the operating principles detailed in our *Welcome to Homeschooling Together* document (which will be sent after you request a group invitation from the moderator); let us know a bit about yourself by completing a brief introductory information form; and complete an annual member survey. Contact Peter at bermudes at verizon dot net for more information.
Fee: No.
Special focus:
 No special focus, broad-based membership.

The Journey - Tween to Teen Co-op

URL: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/TheJourneyCo-op/info
Contact: Melanie, townsendbrooklinehomeschool at gmail dot com
Area primarily served:  Northern MA/Southern NH - all towns around Townsend, MA including Pepperell, Groton, Ashby, Lunenburg, Fitchburg, Nashua, NH, Greenville, NH, Wilton, NH and Milford, NH.
Eligibility: Homeschoolers ages 12 and up, who can work well in a group setting. Our group is secular but includes many different beliefs. All members and families are required to be respectful of all and open minded.
How to join:
 Contact group organizer with tween/teens ages, any challenges your child may have, and a little about what you are looking for.
Fee: 
No.
Special focus: No special focus, broad-based membership.

Marlborough Mayflower Homeschool Network

URL:http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MarlboroughMayflowerHomeschoolNetwork/
Contact: 
Area primarily served: Greater Marlborough area (Marlborough, Hudson, Southborough, Northborough, Sudbury, Boylston, etc.).
Eligibility: Families who homeschool their children for any variety of reasons and in any variety of styles! We accept and appreciate our neighbors' choices when it comes to the WHY and HOW of homeschooling.
How to join: 
Mainly we connect through our Yahoo Group - simply click "join" and tell us a little about yourself.
Fee: No.
Special focus:
 No special focus, broad-based membership.

Menotomy Rocks! Homeschool Coop

URL: 
Contact:  MenotomyRocksHomeschoolCoop at gmail dot com
Area primarily served: Arlington, Belmont, Cambridge, Lexington, Medford, Somerville, Waltham, Watertown, Winchester
Eligibility: Anyone homeschooling, with at least one child of school age (6 years old)
How to join: 
Attend at least three park days to decide if our community is the right fit for your family. 
Fee:
$60 annual or $30 per season (Fall & Spring)
Special focus: 
Building consistent community among local homeschoolers and providing support, friendship & encouragement to one another. 

Metrowest Homeschoolers

URL: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mwhsers/ 
Contact: Cindy or Raffaella, mwhsers-owner at yahoogroups dot com
Area primarily served: Anywhere in metrowest Boston (Framingham being center of area).
Eligibility: Any home educator (or one looking to home educate) interested in activities, connections, and support in the Metrowest area.
How to join: 
Currently no physical group. We connect through the Yahoo group. Go to the Yahoo group site, read the description, and then click join.
Fee: 
No.
Special focus:
 No special focus, broad-based membership.

Newton MA Homeschool Yahoo Group

URL: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/NewtonHS/info
Contact: newtonhs-owner at yahoogroups dot com 
Area primarily served: Newton, MA.
Eligibility: People homeschooling or considering homeschooling in Newton, MA.
How to join:
 To join the group, please request to join on the Yahoogroup page. We will send you a questionnaire to fill out and after we receive the completed form we can approve your membership in the group. (This prevents spammers from joining the group.)
Fee: 
No.
Special focus: 
Our group is only for people who live in Newton MA.

Nantucket County

 

Norfolk County

Sharon Home Learners

URL: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/sharonhomelearners/info
Contact: Evelyn, ek2000 at comcast dot net
Area primarily served: Sharon, MA and surrounding communities.
Eligibility: All those who are homeschooling or are interested in homeschooling.
How to Join: sharonhomelearners-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
Fee: No.
Special Focus: No special focus, broad-based membership.

Plymouth County

South Shore Home Learners

URL: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SSHLSupport/?yguid=405099847
Contact: 
Primary area served: South of Boston.
Eligibility: South Shore Home Learners was founded in 2003 by a small group of families who share the following values regarding education and parenting: Education: We believe in home-based learning. As a group we do not endorse any one resource, method or philosophy of home-based learning over another. Parenting: We believe in the ideals of attachment parenting, including being emotionally responsive and maintaining positive discipline.
How to join: 
Visit the yahoo group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SSHLSupport/?yguid=405099847.
Fee: Free to Join Yahoo support group, but for full member benefits and privileges there is a fee of $30 for new members, $25 for renewals.
Special focus: Attachment parenting.

South Shore Homeschoolers

URL: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1504993126465500/
Contact: Jennifer, jmcfloyd813 at gmail dot com
Primary area served: South Shore of Boston. Specifically Route 3 from Braintree - Sagamore.
Eligibility: Homeschooling families.
How to join:
 One simply needs to request to join the Facebook group.
Fee: No.
Special focus: No special focus, broad-based membership.

Suffolk County

Hub Homeschoolers

URL: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/hubhomeschoolers/info
Contact: Tonya, tonyatedesco at gmail dot com
Area primarily served: Greater Boston.
Eligibility: Homeschooling families or those interested in homeschooling.
How to join: 
Submit request via Yahoo groups.
Fee: 
No.
Special focus:
 No special focus, broad-based membership.

Winthrop-East Boston Homeschoolers

URL: n/a
Contact: Robert, robertwholzbach at yahoo dot com
Area primarily served: East Boston, Winthrop, Revere.
Eligibility: Any and all!
How to join: 
Email.
Fee: 
No.
Special focus:
 No special focus, broad-based membership.

Worcester County

Arrows for Truth Homeschool Co-op

URL: www.arrowsfortruth.com
Contact: Guadalupe, guadalupemontour at gmail dot com
Area primarily served: Leominster, Clinton, Lancaster, Ashburnham, Winchendon, Townsend, Shirley.
Eligibility: Homeschooling families with children in K-8th grades.
How to join: 
Please visit our website above.
Fee: 
$25 per semester.
Special focus:
 We are an Intervarsity Christian Homeschool Group.

LEAF Home Learners Network

URL: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LEAF-Network/
Contact: leaf-network-owner at yahoogroups dot com
Area primarily served: South-central Massachusetts, southeastern Massachusetts, northern Rhode Island, and northeastern Connecticut
Eligibility: LEAF members must be either current homeschoolers, of any educational philosophy, or families considering homeschooling. Members may not be non-homeschooling third parties, such as representatives of commercial ventures, curriculum vendors, or administrators of non-profit educational groups.
How to join: 
Request membership through the Yahoo Group and state homeschooling status (currently homeschooling, thinking about homeschooling, etc.). Moderator will review and approve membership requests.
Fee: No 
Special focus: 
No special focus, broad-based membership

Moms in Real Life

URL: https://www.facebook.com/groups/momsinreallife/
Contact: Rachel, rachel at thefirebox dot org 
Area primarily served: Central MA, RI, CT
Eligibility: Any mom who is willing and able to follow our rules listed on the website.
How to join: 
Click "join." I will contact you asking if you agree to the rules. Reply "yes" then I will accept you.
Fee: No
Special focus: 
No special focus, broad-based membership

North Central Massachusetts Homeschool Friends

URL: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ncmahomeschool_friends/
Contact: 
Area primarily served: North Central Massachusetts including but not limited to: Gardner, Westminster, Phillipston, Petersham, Ashburnham, Athol, Orange, Royalston, Templeton, Fitchburg, Barre, Leominster
Eligibility: We welcome all types of homeschoolers and unschoolers. This group is about fun and socializing for our children and their parents. We are starting this group in hopes of finding other homeschoolers interested in hanging out and having fun. Our children do plenty of "learning" at home and need a chance to get out and just have fun with other kids. So please join us in our quest for fun.
How to join: 
Subscribe to: NCMAhomeschool_friends-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.
Fee: No
Special focus: 
No special focus, broad-based membership

Worcester Home Educators’ Network (WHEN)

URL: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WorcesterHEN/ 
Contact: 
Primary area served: Greater Worcester area
Eligibility: Anyone interested in homeschooling in the greater Worcester area.
How to join:
 Members sign up for the e-mail list through the yahoo groups site and must state why they want to join. All new members are generally approved within 24 hours.
Fee: No 
Special focus:
 No special focus, broad-based membership

Regional

Boston Area Homeschoolers' Queer-Straight Alliance

URL: http://bahsqsa.wordpress.com/
Contact:
Anna, watsonam at verizon dot net
Area primarily served: Greater Boston area
Eligibility: 
Homeschooling teens in the Boston Area.
How to join: 
Contact us at the email address we listed.
Fee: 
No
Special focus: 
The Boston Area Homeschoolers QSA (BAHS), is a safe and enjoyable environment where teens organize events and vocalize LGBTQ issues. We will work to educate people inside and outside the homeschooling community and create a fun and supportive group.

MA Salam Homeschoolers

URL: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MASalamHSers/ 
Contact: 
Area primarily served: New England
Eligibility: This support group is specifically for Muslim homeschoolers in the area, but of course anyone is welcome!
How to join: Just become a Yahoo member and then post your introduction.
Fee: No 
Special focus: Muslim homeschoolers

MAhomeschoolers

URL: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MAhomeschoolers/
Contact: MAhomeschoolers-owner at yahoogroups dot com
Area primarily served: Massachusetts
Eligibility: Everyone
How to join: Just join the Yahoo-group
Fee: No 
Special focus: Homeschooling in Massachusetts