The following is a letter sent to Maryland state home schooling leaders and families from Jon Shilts, Executive Director of MACHE ...

Dear Home Educator,

As we begin to prepare for the 2017/2018 school year it’s time to renew your group or individual MACHE membership. If you’ve never become a part of the state home education association this is the time to consider joining. We offer some very practical benefits and services to Maryland home schoolers for a very nominal fee.

The Maryland Association of Christian Home Educators is an association of several hundred Christian-oriented home education organizations and individual members which serves over 4,500 member families. These local organizations include support groups, co-ops, support networks, and umbrella schools as well as individual membership. Our goal is to assist and serve the Christian Home Educators of Maryland through legislative oversight, leadership training, statewide events, workshops and information. The state association has been serving the home-educators of Maryland since 1989. MACHE is not a replacement or a substitute for the local support group or umbrella school, but an organization set up to serve both local organizations and individual member families. Our members must ascribe to our statement of faith.

Some of the benefits you’ll enjoy through MACHE membership include:

  • Updates on legislative legal and issues of interest to member families.
  • FREE entry for all member families to the Maryland State Home School Curriculum Fair in April.
  • Priority notification of statewide events like Homeschool Day at Mount Vernon, Maryland Homeschool Day at the Capital and Historic Tours of Annapolis, The Umbrella School Symposium and other events.
  • Discounted admission to other MACHE events such as the “Umbrella School Symposium”, workshops and Historic Tours of Annapolis scheduled during the MACHE Homeschool Day in Annapolis.
  • Discount to membership in the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA).
  • Membership cards which will qualify you for discounts at many education oriented stores, outlets and vendors.

By joining MACHE your group or family will also help support the following MACHE services:

  • Monitoring and advocacy on education and other related issues at both the State Board of Education and the Maryland Legislature. MACHE meets regularly with department heads with the MD Department of Education.
  • Operation of the state’s MinuteM.A.N. (Maryland Alert Network) Program.
  • Consultation in resolving conflicts with local school officials.
  • Scholarships to Patrick Henry College (several $1000 scholarships will be granted this coming year).
  • Referrals to local groups for new home schoolers.
  • Information regarding home schooling in Maryland.
  • Hosting statewide events like the Homeschool Day at the Capital, Umbrella School Administration Symposium, etc.
  • State representation at National home education forums.
  • Advice and assistance for local groups.
  • The MACHE website:

Our membership rates are modest but represent substantial savings for your group for MACHE services, HSLDA membership, etc. (refer to enclosed membership form or our web site,, for rates). For example, if a group with 50 families joins MACHE for $49 (about $1 per family), and only half those families attend the Maryland State Curriculum Fair, they will save $451 dollars (it would have otherwise cost $500 for 50 non-members families to attend). Tack on discounts for other events and add in discounts for HSLDA membership. Then add in discounts for educational materials at participating vendors (usually 10%), and you realize a significant return on the original investment of the $49 membership fee for the group. Most importantly, you’ll be helping to provide other valuable and needed services to home schoolers throughout the state.

Please join or renew your membership today. But regardless, be faithful to the calling on your life and trust Him who called you to complete a good work in you and yours.


W.J. Shilts, Director


Maryland Association of Christian Home Educators, P.O. Box 417 Clarksburg, MD 20871 br>301.607.4284