Connecticut Homeschooling

Want to learn about homeschooling in Connecticut? You've come to the right place! We've gathered together some of the best resources, information sources, support groups, curriculum ideas, and practical hints that will help you make your decision to homeschool and to be successful at it. Here are answers to your questions:

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Free in Connecticut
This is an informational group for homeschoolers in southwestern Connecticut and neighboring areas.
Connecticut Homeschooling Guidelines
This is a listing of the guidelines issued by the Connecticut Department of Education regarding how they think the home education laws should be implemented.
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Established in 1842, the Wadsworth Atheneum is America's oldest public art museum. The Wadsworth presents more than 15 special shows each year, Many are inspired by masterworks in the museum's holdings, while others are solo shows by emerging artists. The museum's collections span more than 5,000 years, from ancient Egyptian to contemporary art. Located in Hartford.
Between Counties Homeschool Group
Between Counties is a support group for parents who are homeschooling their children in the Fairfield and New Haven County area. Offers playgroups, support meetings, an email list, and a newsletter.
Christian Homeschooling Adults Leading Kids (CHALK)
CHALK is a Christian homeschool support group for families in Derby, Seymour, Shelton, Ansonia, Milford, Stratford, Orange, West Haven, New Haven, and surrounding towns in Connecticut. Offers support and information, field trips, family gatherings, Mom's Night Out, and more.
Sleeping Giant Homeschoolers
This support group is centered in Hamden and is a Christian-based organization. Offers monthly meetings, children's activities, newsletter, and more.
Stonington Vineyards
Stonington Vineyards is open to the public seven days a week. A visit can be fun and educational for the whole family. You may picnic in the vineyards, you bring the food and picnic blanket and they'll supply the wine chilled. Stroll in the vineyards and see the seasonal changes in the grape growing process. This vineyard is a real hands-on experience of a working farm winery.
Connecticut State Department of Education
The website for the Connecticut Department of Education (DOE).
Unschoolers Unlimited
This is an informal network of people who are focusing on child-led education. Offers family gathers, sharing of ideas and information, newsletter, and more.
Quinebaug & Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor
The Quinebaug and Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor in northeastern Connecticut and south central MA has been called "the last green valley" in the Boston-to-Washington megalopolis. Close to Hartford, Providence, and Worcester, but far enough away to avoid urban sprawl, this 1086 square mile region remains predominately rural. It’s rivers wind through rolling hills linking region’s many small towns, farmlands, forests and mills. The Quinebaug and Shetucket Rivers Valley National...
Law & Policy
In Connecticut there are two things homeschoolers need to understand; the law, and the Guidelines. The two sometimes cause confusion for people, and sometimes the Guidelines are mistaken for being law, but they are not law. The Guidelines are part of the Suggested Procedure on Home Instruction in CT. This analysis includes information on state laws, state guidelines, sample forms, and more.
How to Comply with Vermont's Homeschool Law
Vermont law specifically refers to homeschooling in 16 V.S.A. § 11(a)(21) and 16 V.S.A. § 166b. To homeschool under this statute, you’ll need to follow these guidelines. Necessary steps include sending in a written enrollment notice, submitting a narrative describing the content to be provided in each subject area, obtaining acknowledgement of compliance, teaching the required subjects and assessing your child annually. 
New England Jewish Homeschoolers
This list is for Jewish homeschoolers in the New England area, including CT, NH, VT, ME, RI, MA. Members include Orthodox Jews, Conservative Jews, Reform Jews, Reconstructionist Jews, and secular Jews. 
Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration
Located in Mystic, the Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration offers exhibits and interactive programs to bring you up close and personal with all kinds of amazing creatures great and small… sharks and whales, seals and sea lions, exotic frogs and playful penguins, and much more.
Compulsory School Age in Vermont
The laws in Vermont state that you must enroll your child in school from the day he or she turns 6 years old until he or she turns 16. This HSLDA article details the Vermont state compulsory school age regulations. 
Upcoming Events
Not Back to School Camp - Vermont
September 17-26, 2021
Farm & Wilderness, Plymouth, VT
Not Back to School Camp is a non-denominational, non-religious homeschool camp. The camp offers workshops, spontaneous events, and special evening gatherings, bringing together campers who are excited about life and willing to be themselves and to reach out and connect with the others. 
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