If you are homeschooling in Volusia County, we welcome you! Homeschooling is a daunting task, weighted by responsibility and concern for doing the best for your child, but also full of freedom and blessing. We hope as you browse the site you will find information and resources to help you on your way.
History of Christian Home Educated Children
CHEC had its beginnings in a small group of people who started meeting in 1987. At that time, homeschooling was relatively unheard of in this area. During that first year, the four or five families met in homes to pray, encourage each other, and exchange materials and ideas. By the second year, the group had grown in size, and by the third year, we had a name – D.O.D.D. (DeLand, Orange City, DeBary, and Deltona) Homeschoolers. We met at the DeLand Public Library, then on Rich Ave., where a homeschool friendly librarian often offered programs for our children. We also began holding Activity Day in a member's backyard. Each year the group has grown, often by word of mouth as parents asked questions and became intrigued with the idea of teaching their children at home.
For many years the group had monthly support group meetings held at Volusia County Baptist Church, but as volunteers graduated their children and moved on to other endeavors, and as the group grew to include people with different interests, needs and schedules, the large monthly meetings faded out and CHEC morphed into an online information-sharing group for area homeschoolers. Now this page is here to serve as a starting place for newbies to get information about homeschooling in Volusia County.
Statement of Faith
The original CHEC statement of faith is reprinted here as a tribute to the wonderful ladies who started the original support group so many years ago, and to the God they serve.
WE BELIEVE… The Bible, both Old and New Testament, is inspired by God in every word, completely without error in the original writings, and is the supreme and final authority in faith and life. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
God in eternity exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ was God come in human flesh, being fully God and fully man, except without sin.
(Genesis 1:26; 3:22; 11:7; Isaiah 48:16; Matt. 3:16-17; 28:19; 1 Cor. 12:4-6; 2 Cor. 13:14; Eph. 4:4-6; 1 Peter 1:2; Jude 20-21; Luke 1:31-35; John 1:1-4; 10:28-30; Col. 1:13-17; 2:9; Heb. 1:8-9)
Man was created in the image of God but fell into sin through the disobedience of Adam and is therefore lost and unable to justify himself before God. (Genesis 1:27; Gen. 3; Romans 3:10-12, 23; 5:12)
Salvation is a free gift of God's grace, acquired through personal faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ, who died on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice for sinners and who rose again for their justification. (1 Cor. 15:1-4; Rom. 4:25; 6:23; Eph. 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7)
The Holy Spirit produces a new life, and God has anointed us, set His seal of ownership on us, and put His spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. (John 14:26; 16:7-14; Titus 3:5; Rom.8:1-17; Eph. 1:13-14; 3:16-20; 4:30; Acts 1:8)
The blessed hope of the church of Jesus Christ is the reality of the imminent, personal return of her Lord and Savior. (Acts 1:10-11; 1 Thess. 4:13-18)
Man's eternal destiny is solely determined by his acceptance or rejection of Jesus Christ, God's provision for man's sin. Those who accept Christ as their Savior will be resurrected to eternal life and joy in the presence of God, but those who reject Christ will be resurrected to judgment and separation from God for all eternity. (Daniel 12:2; Matt. 25:46; John 5:24-29; 1 Thess.4:13-18; Rev. 20:6; 21:1-8; Rom. 2:5, 8; Rev. 20:10-15
Area Support Groups
Many area support groups have modified the way they meet since COVID. Some have gone to video, some have ceased to meet in person, and some are starting to meet back again little by little.
A good way to find homeschoolers in Volusia county is FACEbook.
Some active groups to search for include East Volusia Homeschoolers, West Volusia Homeschoolers, Volusia Homeschool Mamas, and Mighty Mountain Academy Homeschool Resources.
Statewide homeschooling support group for Florida
Brenda Dickinson, the lobbyist to the state legislature on behalf of homeschoolers in Florida, supported by donations.