We are a 501(c)3 non-profit homeschool and afterschool education resources center. We’ve been operating as an online group with various classes and field trips since 2010. We have over 450 families as virtual group members. We have operated physically in loaned spaces around the city for specific activities. We also have a pretty amazing set of robotics teams for our kids!
Some time ago, we began the hunt for space that would accommodate a symbiotic education and business space. Our vision is to have a dedicated homeschool space where kids come come together in a secure environment, and attend classes, extra-curricular and recreational activities, and have access to resources that might otherwise be costly or difficult to procure (science and computer labs, libraries, etc). We want to pair this with businesses who could both pull from our membership to provide our families with a broader experience, as well as operate on their own in a family-friendly environment.
This vision was born from my own experience as a single, homeschooling mom of three kids of varying ages and abilities. The question is asked of me often, “how do I both work and homeschool?” The answer is, “it’s not easy…it takes help; but it can be done!” I homeschooled only my now-graduated son for years because he could remain home while I worked. My younger two children stated out “afterschooling” with me, attending public school during the day. My son, also, got pretty lonely being home all day by himself, and he was far too old for daycare. Further, when we have activities; there is an obvious choice that has to be made, given the fact that at least one or two of my children will not be involved in the same activity at the same time. The best-case scenario is one location that can fulfill all of their needs at one during a given time. This center is meant to fulfill those needs. We don’t limit ourselves to homeschoolers, however; and we hope to continue to open our resources to public and private school children in a summer and after-school setting.
I hope this space comes to mean as much to you as it does to me!