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
- 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
- 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
- Referrals to local groups for new home
- Information regarding home schooling in
- Hosting statewide events like the Homeschool
Day at the Capital, Umbrella School
Administration Symposium, etc.
- State representation at National home
- 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, www.machemd.org,
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