History

History of Colorado Home Schooling click here

1985

Colorado holds its first home educators conference with just under 100 attendees. The conference is sponsored by Homes Offering Meaningful Education (HOME). Keynote speakers include Pastor Everett Sileven and Colorado pioneer home educator, Leona Hemmerich.

1988

Colorado's first Home School Law passes both houses and is signed by Governor Roy Romer.

1990

Christian Home Educators of Colorado (CHEC) is formed out of the foundation of HOME. CHEC publishes its first newsletter, Pathlight. CHEC's first president is Kevin Lundberg.

1991

CHEC sponsors the Colorado Home Educator's Conference and adds a teen track. Kevin Lundberg serves as executive director.

1992

The conference grows out of all previous church facilities and moves to the Holiday Inn Conference and Events Center.

1994

A major milestone is crossed when CHEC was able to move its operations into an office building at 3739 E. 4th Avenue in Denver. A part time office manager is hired to manage the office and take care of the thousands of phone calls, large volumes of mail, and prolific volunteer efforts. Increased attendance at the conference (4000) requires a three-day conference format. HSLDA, CHEC, and CPC (Concerned Parents of Colorado) work together to pass Senate Bill 94-4, updating and improving the original law from 1988.

1995

The first edition of the CHEC Handbook is released and CHEC sponsors the first Day at the Capitol event. CHEC introduces its new, free quarterly magazine, The Homeschool Update which exists to inform and encouarge families as they disciple their children.

1997

CHEC comes on line with its website (www.chec.org).

1998

Introductory Workshops are developed.  These expand in frequency to one per month in 1999.

1999

Kevin Swanson begins as executive director. CHEC sponsors its first Speech/Debate workshop. The CHEC database tops 12,000 names.

2000

The office moves to a new location at 10431 S. Parker Road, Parker, CO 80134.

2001

The CHEC Independent School is launched with about 100 families. Mike Cheney began as Operations Director.

2003

Generations Radio Program began this year on a weekly basis.

2004

The first Colorado Father/Son Retreat is hosted by CHEC in partnership with Vision Forum. Family Books and Resources, CHEC's own bookstore, opens its doors at the Parker location.

2005

Colorado's Home Educator's Conference moves to the Denver Merchandise Mart.  Generations Radio Program goes daily.

2006

CHEC hosts a National Leadership Summit in Oklahoma City. CHEC Vision and Mission Statements updated.

2007

Generations Radio Program tops 150,000/year and becomes a separate ministry under CHEC as Generations with Vision. The AME (Apprenticeship, Mentorship, and Entrepreneurship) program begins.

2009

Kevin Swanson moves over as Director of Generations with Vision and Mike Chapa becomes Executive Director of CHEC and creates a new CHEC Blog.  Generations with Vision becomes donor based. CHEC hosts a 2nd National Leaderhip Summit in Indianapolis.

2010

CHEC adds a Facebook fan page.  The Shepherd Center opens it's doors as Generations with Vision expands.  Generations hosts the 2010 Economic Conference in Castle Rock CO in March and offers it's daily radio program in an "online only" format.

2011

Generations with Vision hosts a 2nd Economic Conference in NC. CHEC revamps Day at the Capitol.  The website gets a much needed overhaul.  CHEC introduces its first Ladies' Tea event held in Colorado Springs.  State Conference rebranded as Rocky Mountain Super Conference on the Family and incorporates a huge Used Curriculum Sale.  The vision and mission statements get updated.

2012 Plans (along with all the usual suspects…)

AME one day conference tentatively scheduled for Sat February 4th

Generations to hold a  Family Economics Conference in Chicago March 8th-10th

Totally 100% exclusive Homeschoolers only Day at Elitch's Fri May 11th