Founded in 1984, North Carolinians for Home Education (NCHE) is a private, volunteer organization active at the state level, serving homeschoolers in North Carolina and beyond.
In order to better serve, NCHE divides the state into nine regions. Each region has an assigned number and Regional Director.
Homeschooling is the view that education is best when teaching and learning are integrated into the relationships and activities of the family.
The oldest form of education, homeschooling was legally recognized in NC in 1988.
Article 39 of chapter 115C of the General Statutes defines a Homeschool in NC. The Division of Non-Public Instruction (DNPE) administers the NC law governing homeschooling practice.
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Recordings of conference workshops & lectures.
NCHE is proud to share in the work of vast network of passionate educators who serve as authors, speakers, and volunteers.
There are many groups of North Carolinians who are working to promote or practice home education. Find home educators like or near you.
NCHE divides the state into 9 regions. Each region has a director.
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Middle and High school sports include Boys Baseball, Boys & Girls Basketball, Boys & Girls Cross Country (individual & team), Golf (individual & team), Boys & Girls Soccer, Boys & Girls Swimming (individual & team), Girls Volleyball
Regional Tournaments & More
Spend a week in Raleigh, serving in our capital
A multi-day event occuring in Winston-Salem in late Spring featuring national and regional speakers, workshops for the curious as well as the experienced and a vendor hall of over 45,000 square feet.
Coinciding with our annual conference, NCHE hosts a graduation ceremony for NCHE members.
Our biannual Spring event in Raleigh. Meet legislators and visit state museums.
Become part of an organization devoted to serving NC homeschoolers. Help us advance our threefold purpose: PROTECT the freedom of educating at home, PROVIDE encouragement & support to families who choose home education for their children, and PROMOTE home education as an educational alternative
Help us advance NC homeschooling through our educational programs, publications, extra-curricular activities & scholarships.
Do you have a passion for home education? Find a place to employ your talents and serve with NCHE!
Want to reach NC homeschoolers with your product or service?
Selection will be made based on the benefit of the product or service to homeschoolers as determined by the conference committee.
Vendors may be chosen by the conference committee for exempt status. Exempt vendors do not need to go through the application process and have first choice of booth locations and have priority in keeping the space occupied or may request another location. To maintain this priority, exempt vendors need to submit their deposit by a certain date. At the time of this application, some of the booths have already been taken by exempt vendors. New exempt vendors are chosen each year at the conference.
Policy on Colleges
Colleges are given the opportunity to have a booth in the vendor hall. If they are selected for the vendor hall, they will also need to man a free booth in the College Fair on Friday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. For this purpose, they have permission to leave the booth in the vendor hall in order to cover the table in the College Fair. Colleges also have the option of just doing the College Fair, and the cost is $50. Here is the application to be in the college fair only.
Booth space is given on a “first come, first served" basis. Exempt vendors have first choice before vendors submitting applications. We will do everything possible to address the needs of each vendor, but we cannot guarantee a location or dimension of your requested space.
The NCHE conference makes a distinction between two types of workshops:
A conference workshop is a non-vendor, non-commercial workshop. It must relate to home education and cannot exceed 60 minutes. There is a selection process. If your conference workshop is selected, you will be informed by late January. Fill out the online speaker application NCHE Thrive! Conference Speaker Application. It is due by November 30.
Vendors may conduct vendor workshops to explain the benefits of their product. The cost of each workshop is $75. The content must relate to home education and not exceed 60 minutes. Early application will improve the likelihood of getting the workshops desired.
Set-up and Operating Hours for 2017
All vendors are welcome to begin setting up Wednesday, May 24, between 3:00 and 8:00 p.m. Additional set-up time will be offered after 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 25. Due to facility climate control, loading dock doors will close at 11:30 a.m. All vendors must be set up and ready for business by 1:30 pm on Thursday May 25. Please note that there are no dollies provided by the convention center.
Vendor Hall Hours
Vendor Hall operating hours for 2017 will be as follows: Thursday 1:30 pm to 7:30 pm; Friday 9:30 am to 7:30 pm; and Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Drop Shipping & NC Sales Tax
No shipments will be received at the Benton Convention Center, the Marriott or the Embassy Suites Hotel. Shipment of all materials must go through Hollins Exposition Services. They will be contacting you with drop shipping information closer to the conference. For information on NC sales tax, contact the Revenue Department, Sales & Use Tax Division at 877-252-3052.
Vendor Hall Policies
Nametag Policy--We will allow 4 free vendor nametags per first booth, Two additional free nametags will be allowed for each booth after that with a cap of 10 free nametags per vendor. We will charge $10 per nametag beyond those allowed for free.
Hotels with NCHE Blocks
Embassy Suites 800-696-6107 and Marriott 800-228-9290 are part of the convention area. These rooms usually fill up quickly. October 1 (at 9 a.m.) is the first day reservations are open. There are several other hotels not too far away. To find the current list of lodging, go to nche.com/conference/lodging (when the website is updated for 2017).
NCHE would like to partner with you to promote your business.
Please complete this application and submit along with payment by October 20, 2016. In order to be considered, you must include payment with your application. If you prefer to pay by check, just print the shopping cart page and mail it with a check made out to NCHE to the address below. Your payment will be mailed back to you or reimbursed if you are not selected for the 2017 vendor hall. After October 20, applying vendors will be accepted as space allows. To see if there are booths available check under Booth: First Choice.
NOTE: Returning vendors who have participated in our conference within the last three years and nothing has changed about your organization may skip Part 2: Organization Mission and History.
If you are a new vendor applicant and have products, catalogs, pictures or other materials that may help your application presentation, please send them directly to the Conference Chair:
NCHE Thive! Conference Chair
8600 Ducksbill Dr.
Charlotte, NC 29277
NCHE will notify vendors as soon as we can if selected. The first round of selections will be made in early November.
Application, including payment, must be submitted by October 20, 2016 to be considered in the first round of selections.
Cancellations will receive refunds based on the following:
No refunds will be given after March 31.