If you have any homeschool support information you would like listed, please let me know. There are a variety of homeschool group types with many being more than one type. The following is a brief description of the various terms associated with homeschool groups.
Homeschool Support Group: A support group usually has periodic meetings for its members and provides various activities such as field trips, 4-H, scouts, sports, yearbooks, and graduations. In general, you must formally join a support group to participate. Some may also offer park days, co-ops, classes.
Homeschool Co-op: Co-ops are classes organized and taught by parents. For students to participate, their parents must contribute by teaching classes or assisting the co-op in other ways. In general, co-ops have no or low fees and you must be a member to participate.
Homeschool Park Day: Park Day groups are more informal support groups that are based on meeting at a park on a weekly basis. There is usually no membership requirement and you may show up as desired. The groups exist to simply interact with other homeschoolers. There isn't necessarily any specific activity planned for the park day. Some groups will organize other activities such as field trips as desired.
Tutors/Homeschool Classes: Tutors/classes organizations provide classes to homeschoolers for a fee. Teachers are generally independent contractors and set their own fee. You may pay a general enrollment fee to the organization that is sponsoring the teachers and another fee to the teacher on a monthly basis. Parents are not required to contribute to the group as in a co-op situation.
Homeschool Statement of Faith: A Statement of Faith is a document detailing a group's religious beliefs. Often an organization will require it's members to sign and support the statement of faith. Some may only require it of people in leadership or teaching positions. Others simply require participants to acknowledge the statement but not necessarily agree with it.