LEARN provides respectful and inclusive secular support, activities and resources for homeschooling families in the greater Kansas City region.
1995 January – LEARN Homeschool Support Group was formed when Kriss Miller, Kelly Wilson, Seneca Gilbreath, and members of the now defunct Midtown Homeschool Group organized a group for families seeking to educate their children at home for non-religious reasons. The group served approximately 10 families at its inception. Although Seneca’s family’s needs changed, Kelly and Kriss continued to oversee the growth and expansion of LEARN, eventually growing to serve over 250 families.
Many activities were offered but a favorite was unProm, an annual theme-based family masquerade ball.*
1997 Jungle Boogie – Jungle Theme
1998 Under The Sea – Ocean Theme
1999 An Evening In King Arthur’s Court – Renaissance Theme
2000 Lost In Space – Space Theme
2001 Midnight at the Oasis – Ancient Egypt Theme
2002 Learnin’ Em Daily – Circus Theme
2003 Once UnProm A Time – Storybook Theme
2004 Wild, Wild, West – Western Theme
2009 The Power of Myth – Mythology Theme
2010 2010: a Reel Odyssey – Movie Theme
2011 It’s About Time – Time Theme
2012 The Game of Life – Game Theme
2004 Memorial Day weekend – LEARN produced LEARNapalooza, a regional homeschool conference for secular homeschooling families, at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center in downtown Kansas City.
2007 Kriss Miller, Jessica Mattingly, and Cheryl Westra reformed the group as LEARN Home Education Network with an active teen group co-coordinated by Carolyn Pajor.
2008 KC-CIRCLE began as a group of families practicing attachment parenting principles offering organized activities for each other.
2014 August – under the KC-CIRCLE leadership of Mandy O’Brien and Dionna Ford, KC-CIRCLE officially became part of LEARN Home Education Network.
LEARN continues to expand to meet the needs of the secular homeschooling community by providing a variety of activities, including group classes at two locations, a metro-wide teen Formal Dance, co-ops, holiday parties, an annual field day/reunion and much more.
We appreciate the vision and dedication of the founders and volunteers who created and sustained LEARN in the past. Volunteer Board Members now manage the day to day business of the group. Board members meet regularly to discuss the ins and outs of LEARN and public minutes for those meetings are available to read here.
LEARN does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, irreligion/religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, marital status, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all participants in LEARN.