Chapel Hill-Durham Homeschoolers is a diverse network of parents and children homeschooling in North Carolina’s Chapel Hill, Durham and surrounding communities. We pride ourselves in providing an inclusive, supportive environment for all of our member families. With our network of diverse veteran homeschoolers, we are confident you will find what you need to be confident in your homeschool journey.
Chapel Hill-Durham Homeschoolers stay connected through our exclusive and very active online community. This is a great place to ask for advice, plan classes or events, and share information with other homeschooling families. Staying connected regularly is what helps make this group so successful.
Join other CHDH members for Friday Enrichment where we offer a variety of classes taught by members of our community. These classes are organized into multi-week sessions throughout the year. From toddlers to teens, there is something for everyone.
You will want to join in for many CHDH-sponsored events to connect new and returning members, like our annual pool party or potluck lunches. Recurring events, such as our Tuesdays with Littles playgroup and skate sessions are always well attended. Gather with friends for local trips to museums and plays. There is always something new and interesting going on.
A Brief History of Chapel Hill-Durham Homeschoolers
Provided By Founding Member: Kathy Arab
In 1988, “a small group of concerned parents helped pass a law making North Carolina one of the most homeschool-friendly states in the nation.” Among those lobbying for educational freedom were some future founding parents of Chapel Hill-Durham Homeschoolers (CHDH) who were already homeschooling under the radar. Initially, twenty Orange and Durham County Christian families met for homeschool support (now known as CHEAGD). Within the year, a couple of non-religious families joined their ranks. So, in order to include everyone, the Chapel Hill members (approximately 15 families) established their own unique support group in 1989. These founders, acutely aware of the diversity of thought that existed regarding religion, painstakingly framed our mission statement to reach the place where all members could stand together. Per a 1990 newsletter, the name had yet to evolve from “Home Education Association of Greater Chapel Hill” or “Chapel Hill Area Home Education Association” to its current title. Less than five years after its inception, membership had grown an astounding 500 percent! Our continued growth compelled us to more formally register as a 501-(c)(3) organization in 2008. As a non-sectarian group, i.e., not subscribing to any particular philosophy about any particular issue, CHDH’s continued existence as a diverse group is extraordinary. We differ on many issues, but we share in the adventure of homeschooling. From the beginning, members networked to enhance their opportunities in music, sports, curricula, field trips, and the “all-important” socializing. Our strength as a homeschool support group continues to rest on our individual contributions and respect for one another.