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About Us

The Community Co-op is a family-oriented resource for homeschool families located in Oak Park, Illinois, serving Chicago and its surrounding suburbs.  We are a non-profit organization officially founded as the “Community Organization for Near West Homeschoolers”, but affectionately known as the “The Community Co-op” or “Co-op” for short.  Our group offers homeschool enrichment activities for homeschooling families once a week, for a day of friends, fun and learning. Our mission is to create an environment for educational enrichment where homeschooling families can work co-operatively in an atmosphere of mutual respect and interest-driven exploration, while maintaining our personal learning styles and sharing them with the group at large.

We are proud to share our blog and website with the online community of homeschoolers worldwide, which incorporates all of the visionary foundations of the original founders while forging a new direction as our group continues to grow and adapt.  Homeschooling is a journey which not only touches our respective families, but also our larger community, and indeed, our world.   It is our hope that this site will help to foster an enriching environment wherein we contribute to the world around us in a way that puts big ideas, in little hands.