Homeschool Connections was born of a need recognized by our founder Tarla Gernert. Like many, she looked for connections in her community while homeschooling her children but found the resources and opportunities both limiting and disappointing. Often, the homeschool community seemed segmented and divisive, and Tarla hoped for an inclusive, welcoming, active place to belong. She wished for a place where both children and parents could feel comfortable and supported, a place that connected home-educated children with their peers and parents with like-minded parents. She also wished for a convenient location at which she and her children could gather and learn.
A move to North Carolina provided Tarla with valuable insight into the impact a supportive, organized homeschool community could make. She experienced firsthand how a variety of academic and non-academic resources could dramatically enrich the lives of families who chose to home educate their children. She enjoyed an inclusive homeschool community that worked hard to bring a wealth of opportunities to the families that participated. Tarla even built connections with other parents and watched her children develop friendships with other home-educated students. Essentially, she discovered a place to belong.
Upon returning to Michigan, Tarla once again looked for homeschool groups, co-ops, programs and resources that would meet her family’s needs and resemble the opportunities she’d enjoyed in North Carolina. Unable to find the types of opportunities she hoped for, she set out to create her own. The result was Homeschool Connections, a place to educate, a place to connect, a place to belong.
Homeschool Connections has grown in leaps and bounds since those early days. We now have six Michigan campuses serving numerous families . However, our commitment to the homeschool community remains the same. We continue to deliver quality educational opportunities, valuable resources, and a connected, welcoming community.