Our Mission and Ideals
In 1984, North Carolinians for Home Education was organized by homeschool parents to support and encourage home educators and to protect the right to freely home educate in North Carolina. For 30 years, NCHE has endeavored to serve the homeschoolers in NC. As in 1984, NCHE continues to work to promote the excellence of home education, provide support for those who choose to do so, and protect the right to homeschool. Our name was selected so as to include all who are for home education, not just those who are currently homeschooling. Most of the work of the ministry of NCHE is accomplished by volunteers.
NCHE has a vision for flourishing families and thriving generations in which people remain passionate, curious and actively engaged in their faith and in their learning. Home education is a great way to educate children, especially young children, and to nurture future generations. Home education situates a child’s development in their natural environment and encourages learning that is experiential and knowledge that is integrated. Home education fosters strong social relations, starting in the home. As a result, home education nurtures the whole child. NCHE encourages parents in their home education and advocates for a state which respects and protects the right of parents to practice home education.
NCHE affirms the right and responsibility of parents to direct the education of their children. Our purpose is to protect the freedom to educate at home, to provide encouragement and support to families choosing home education for their children, and to promote home education as an excellent means of education. This is what we commonly refer to as the three Ps: Protect, Provide, Promote.
- to PROTECT the freedom of educating at home
- to PROVIDE encouragement & support to families who choose home education for their children
- to PROMOTE home education as an excellent means of education
NCHE Core Values
- NCHE is operated on the basis of biblical principles, welcoming members of all races, nationalities, and religions who support home education.
- NCHE shall promote the positive aspects, and excellent quality of home education. There shall be no public statements or any materials distributed that denigrates other organizations, religious affiliations, or any governmental officials or agencies. However, NCHE shall defend home education against specific policies, which jeopardize the freedom to homeschool.
- NCHE shall work to establish and maintain a professional working relationship with other organizations, the NC General Assembly, and government agencies to affect our mission and carry out our purpose.
- As parents have the freedom to choose the methods and materials with which to educate their children, NCHE will not develop or endorse any specific curriculum or methodology for use in homeschooling. NCHE does encourage individual members to share their curricular and method experiences with other homeschooling families.
- Educational Excellence
- Parental Authority and Responsibility for Education
- Protection and Promotion of the Family
- Diligence in Moral and Ethical Instruction
- Responsible Citizenship
- Freedom of Choice Among Educational Alternatives
- Defense of Constitutional Rights