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Local & State homeschool groups or organizations in IOWA


Disability Rights Iowa
400 East Court Avenue, Suite 300
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: (515) 278-2502
Toll Free: (800) 779-2502
TTY: (515) 278-0571
Toll Free TTY: (866) 483-3342
FAX: (515) 278-0539


Executive Director: Sylvia Piper

Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators

P.O. Box 158, Dexter, IA 50070
Phone: (515) 830-1614 or (800) 723-0438
Fax: (515) 285-7468
The Mission The Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators is:
  • To provide Christ centered events, communication, and resources to better equip, inform, and encourage Iowa home educators to the glory of God!
  • NICHE exists to provide support and information to home educating families in the state of Iowa. NICHE is a Christian organization dedicated to observing the Biblical commands of : Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Proverbs 22:6, and Ephesians 6:4.
  • They promote home education and believe that every family has the God-given mandate and responsibility to oversee the education of their own children.
  • NICHE is not a church, nor are we an organization meant to replace the ministry of the local church to the home educating family.
  • The members of the NICHE board of directors each sign a statement of faith, but no faith statements are required of the general membership. The members of the board of the Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators serve two year terms and can be reelected. All have been or are presently home educators. MEMBERSHIP IS OPEN TO ALL!

Cedar Rapids Home School Assistance Program

1524 Hollywood Boulevard NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Contact: Laurel Sherwoods
Phone: (319) 558-3856
150 families, 270 students K-12.

Christian Home Educators Fellowship (CHEF)

Serving the tri-state area of IL, WI, and IA
Contact: Ellen W
Phone:(608) 348-4521
Description: CHEF is a Christian-based homeschool group serving the tri-state area (IL, IA, and WI) homeschooling community.

IA Home Educators

P.O. Box 57556, Pleasant Hill, IA 50317
Contact: Bobbi

IHE is an inclusive, non-affiliated, member-led support group. In the Des Moines Metro area we plan activities such as park-days, field trips, and casual get-togethers at area attractions.

IDEA - Iowans Dedicated to Educational Alternatives

Katy Diltz
Phone: 319-224-2675

Description: IDEA Mission Statement "IDEA" is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization dedicated to providing information, support and encouragement to pursue life-long learning outside the school environment. This group recognizes that Learning is an internal process that thrives when people are free to explore life on their own terms, this philosophy is often called unschooling. Realizing that families come for support from various backgrounds and levels of homeschooling, IDEA has no official political or religious orientation and does not endorse any one resource

Requirements: None

Benefits: Mainly online support.

Cost: None

Iowa City Home Education Network (ICHEN)

Serving Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty and all nearby Iowa communities
Contact: Jeff Bennerhahn
Phone: (319) 338-4763


An inclusive support group providing social opportunities, support, encouragement and information as needed. We strive for group opportunities such as potlucks, gymnasium play-days, maple syrup festivals, field trips, tours, etc.

Description: The Iowa City Home Education Network (ICHEN) E-mail List was created to facilitate communication between homeschooling families in Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty and all nearby Iowa communities. Our hope is to provide social opportunities, support, encouragement and information as needed. We strive for group opportunities such as potlucks, gymnasium play-days, maple syrup festivals, field trips, tours, etc. Whatever your homeschool philosophy, from unschooling to traditional, you are more than welcome in this inclusive homeschool group.

Requirements: You are more than welcome in this inclusive homeschool group.

Benefits: Although we are a rather loose group, we have frequent events, parties, and fieldtrips. Everyone is welcome, and we love visitors too.

Cost: None

Marion Home School Assistance Program

440 South 15th Street, Marion, IA 52302
Contact: Thomas Ertz
Phone: (319) 373-9209

330 families, 700 students-K-12.

Mid Eastern Iowa Homeschool Association

Dr. Elizabeth Klein
1466 Walker Way
Coralville, Iowa 5224

Phone: (319) 354 -9465
Phone: (319) 354-9465

Description: The Dr.'s Klein own the Group, both with PhD's in Education, and they homeschool 6 of their 9 children. The group's philosophy is that homeschooling you children should be as close to free as possible since we all pay for our children's education once with our tax dollars. By sharing information and resources we can help one another to provide quality educations for our children at home, where they and we choose to be educated. The group web site provides a ton of homeschool information as well as resources for educating inexpensively. There is also a vSchool (Virtual School) available to anyone wishing to access an online education for his or her child/ren. There is a $10 fee for 1 child, and $15 for two or more children. Scholarships are available. We are an open accepting group with no set method of homeschooling, we have no set religious beliefs as a group, and we choose to be supportive of each other.

Requirements: We require that our members wish to provide a quality home education to their children.

Benefits: Newsletters, Planned field trips, a lending library, and consultation with other homeschool families. We have an active egroup at yahoo: join MEIHA.

Cost: None

Metro Home Educators

438 Loma St., Waterloo, IA 50701
Contact: Kristi McCrary
Phone: (319) 433-0656
We offer field trips throughout the year, a 4-H club, moms support groups, and outings to plays and the Kaleidoscope series performances at the GBPAC. We also offer co-op courses for P.E., Choir, and one other subject, and C.O.R.E. classes for grades 4-7. $15 annual membership fee.


Nancy Wagner

Julie Nguyen

Phone: 319-868-7802
Phone: 319-729-5201

Description: Currently we have 19 families. The families are geographically located in Louisa County or in the surrounding counties. The students range in age from pre-school to 10th grade. We have monthly Mom Time Out meetings with the mom-teachers. Also monthly we haveat least one field trip or event for the students. Currently we are running a co-op geography class every two weeks for 3 months followed by co-op science classes. In September we have a family picnic and in May we have a variety show. We also have a band that started up in fall of 2006 with private lessons and group band. We are also going to have drama this year with the students doing small sketches.

Requirements: This is a Christian homeschool group, but no statement of faith required and no particular denomination. We have members from assorted denominations including Quaker, Catholic, Baptist, and community churches. Some meetings include a devotion and/or prayer.

Benefits: We have quarterly newsletters that include things done by the students such as book reports, drawings, stories, and calendar of events for the next quarter. We provide membership cards for the adults, Student ID cards for the students, Book Reading program forms such as Pizza Hut. We collect Boxtops for Education, Campbell labels, and Tyson labels for group benefits.

Cost: None

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