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The ECHO Support Group Network
Our main goal is to bring homeschoolers together, especially homeschoolers with young children. We strive to build a strong community long before the school-age years arrive. ECHO can be viewed as an umbrella group for homeschoolers. It is through this larger group that we all stay connected.
The smaller support groups are the heart of ECHO. Each one has its own flavor and can provide you with more individual nurturing on your homeschooling journey. By combining these smaller support groups into a larger network, we are all able to enjoy activities we might otherwise not be able to coordinate or afford.
Some of the benefits of being part of the ECHO Support Group Network include:
ECHO is not a membership organization, but we firmly believe that homeschooling is strengthened by cooperative efforts. Should our homeschool rights be threatened by the legislative process, our partnership will enable us to act quickly and present our position effectively.
Starting an ECHO Support Group
Finding a support group or starting your own can be an overwhelming task. It can take a year or more for support group members to feel comfortable with each other and for the group to find its direction. We hope to give new support groups more time to focus on building friendships by providing some general information to get them off to a strong start. We are not looking to define each new ECHO group, but we want to give the group a framework in which to operate.
ECHO provides several services for new support groups. We help set up and facilitate the group's first meeting. We also provide new ECHO support groups with a start-up packet, which includes the following information:
A sample mission statement
An example of support group policies (parent meeting attendance, sick child guidelines, group rules for children's activities, etc.)
A sample copy of a meeting agenda and minutes.
A sample of possible support group volunteer positions and their descriptions.
A list of typical group activities.
Information about setting up an email communication group for your support group.
Please contact ECHO at firstname.lastname@example.org for information about starting a support group in your area.