Your guide to NCHA

1. Please tell me about your homeschool program/co-op.

We're actually a homeschool group, not a program nor a co-op.

We are a group of homeschooling families who come together for various purposes, such as to provide support, resources, and networking opportunities for homeschooling parents and their children. 

A homeschool program is a curriculum or educational plan designed for students who are being educated at home. Homeschool programs can vary widely in terms of the educational approach, content, and structure, and can be tailored to the specific needs and interests of the individual student.

A co-op is a group of individuals or families who come together to pool their resources and talents to achieve a common goal. Homeschool co-ops can take many different forms and structures, but they typically involve a group of families who meet regularly to share their expertise and resources in teaching various subjects. For example, one family may be particularly skilled in teaching science, while another may be talented in teaching art. By working together, families can share their strengths and provide a well-rounded education for all the children in the group. 
We're still a pretty fun bunch. Think of us like your quirky, knowledge-loving friend who always has a great book recommendation for you. We're here to offer support and resources, socialization opportunities for students, a sense of community and support for parents, and occasionally the opportunity to share the cost of educational materials and resources.

2. Do you have kids "x or y" age?

Most likely. The families that make up the group have children spanning all primary school ages, from toddler to teen.

3. Do you offer events?

Yes! We have a small set of core events - events we work hard to make sure happen every year - and we always *highly* encourage members to create the types of events in which they're interested.

4.  Are events always in a specific place or "anchored" in one city?

We are not anchored in one city; we have events around Northern Colorado. Most have been in Fort Collins, Loveland and Windsor, but that doesn't mean they *need* to be. We occasionally have field trips down to Denver and up to Wyoming. It all depends on what's going on and who's hosting.

5. What types of events do you offer?

Our usual core events are social (Not Back To School Party, a Halloween event, a Winter Holiday crafts event, a Valentine's Day party, and an end-of-school-year/beginning of Summer event). However, we are run entirely by member volunteers and we *highly* encourage ALL members to create the types of events they want to see in the group. 

6. Do members need to have an account on the communication platform? 

Members do not need to have an account on our private communication platform. However, that is the only way to receive announcements, have access to our calendar, and learn about, discuss and plan events. 

7.My kid is interested in (some exciting thing) and they are (some exciting age). 

How fun! We've probably got members with kids interested in that same thing, and we've most likely got members with kids that same age. Jump onto the forum and share about your kids' interests, and ask others with those same interests to meet up with you. Better yet, create an event around your kids' interests! Remember what we said in the second half of #5? We mean that! It's a great way to meet the other families, which is the best way to get the most out of your membership. 

8. Are you accepting new members?

Yes, we are always accepting new members - we do not have a limit on the number of members we will allow. And we accept members year round, so there's no need to wait until the beginning of the traditional school year to join, if you're interested.