Information & Procedures
CHEA’s 37th Annual Homeschool Convention promises to be one of the most exciting homeschool conventions around, with many new and unique offerings and a new location, the Anaheim Convention Center. Our goal, as always, is to provide you with the resources you need to train your children, and to give you a quality event with an atmosphere that glorifies God. We continue to offer the popular Exhibit Hall, exhibitor workshops, and great speakers. This year, CHEA again hosts a Mini-Conference on Thursday, free for new homeschoolers, a College Night, free for high school students and their parents, a Homeschool Graduation, Children’s Convention, and Teen Convention.
It is important that you read the information provided here to help you navigate the wealth of information related to the operation and benefits associated with the Convention. By registering for this event you are signifying that you have read and agree to abide by the Convention Information and Procedures for this event.
Admittance and Convention ID
The wristband is your admission ticket to all areas of the Convention. Wristbands are for the sole use of the registered attendee and may not be transferred or shared. Each registered adult and accompanying minor family members will receive one wristband for all days of the Convention. All Additional Family Members will also receive a wristband. Teens registered for the Teen Convention will have a different wristband from their parents–one band for both days of the event. Children registered for the Children’s Convention will also receive separate wristbands for the Children’s Convention.
Cell Phones and Pagers
Please turn off all cell phones and mobile devices (or place on silent/vibrate mode) so you will not disturb the speaker, other attendees, and session recording. If you receive a call during the session, please wait until the session is over or leave the room to answer the call. Parents with children attending the Children’s Convention must place their cell phone on vibrate so Children’s Convention staff can contact you if needed but not interrupt other Convention activities.
Changes in Registration
If you wish to make any changes to your registration prior to Convention, please contact our office Monday through Thursday between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. If you wish to make changes at Convention, please visit the Registration Booth in the Lobby.
Children in the Convention
There is no childcare available for children under four. Children three and under are welcome to join their parents at no charge in all parts of the Convention. All older children (ages 4-18) must either be included in Family Registration (no extra charge, but children’s names must be listed) or registered for Children’s Convention or Teen Convention. Seating is limited in all meeting rooms. We ask parents with children to take advantage of the family seating in the back of the room. Strollers may be used for the Exhibit Hall, however you must leave strollers outside of meeting rooms due to space limitations and Fire Marshall Regulations. Strollers may never be left in aisles or walkways.
Contacting CHEA During the Event
CHEA can be reached during the event by calling 562-864-2432. This number is for use during Convention during the following hours:
- Thursday, May 19: 12:00 to 8:30 p.m.
- Friday, May 20: 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- Saturday, May 21: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Health & Safety Waiver
I acknowledge and understand that my participation includes possible exposure to and illness from infectious diseases, including but not limited to COVID-19. While particular rules and personal discipline may reduce this risk, the risk of serious illness and death does exist. I knowingly and freely assume all such risks related to illness and infectious diseases, such as COVID-19, even if arising from the negligence or fault of CHEA, the Anaheim Convention Center, and event sponsors. I hereby knowingly assume the risk of injury, harm and loss associated with the Activity, including any injury, harm and loss caused by the negligence, fault or conduct of any kind on the part of CHEA, Anaheim Convention Center, and event sponsors.
COVID-19: All attendees are required to follow all applicable state and local ordinances in place at the time of the Convention.
The presence of a particular speaker or exhibitor at this Convention does not constitute an endorsement of their product or service or imply that a comprehensive evaluation of specific products or services has been made by CHEA. CHEA endeavors to present speakers and exhibitors whose materials are compatible with biblical principles, and our first choice is always to have Christians presenting these materials; however, if a speaker or exhibitor has material which would be beneficial to home educators, their participation is not restricted because they may not subscribe to specific religious doctrines. If you have convictions about doing business with non-Christians or are uncertain about the content of specific material, please clarify this with the individual speaker or exhibitor before making your purchase or signing a contract for services.
Major injuries or illnesses should be reported to the Information Booth immediately. Bandages, aspirin, and other over-the-counter medications are available for purchase at CVS on the corner of Harbor Blvd. and Katella Ave.
Purchasing from the concession areas available helps CHEA meet its substantial financial obligations to the Anaheim Convention Center. You may also visit nearby restaurants or eat a sack lunch outside. For local restaurant information, check Anaheim Convention Center signs and directories, or click this link. For nearby attractions, information will be available at the CHEA Information Booth, or on visitanaheim.com.
A free Literature Bag is distributed to each registered family and is full of information about resources to help you in your home education journey.
Full Workshop Sessions
We know it can be very disappointing when you can’t get into the session you were looking forward to hearing. We do the best we can to select appropriate room sizes for speakers. Please understand that if you are turned away by a room host/hostess, it is due to Fire Marshall Regulations that do not allow sitting on the floor or standing in the back. We suggest you try to arrive att he room early, and have an alternative workshop in mind just in case. You may also choose another session, and order the missed session’s audio from the CHEA Audio Store. Thank you for your understanding and patience.
A facility map will be included in your Convention Program.
No unauthorized literature may be distributed in any area of the Convention. Only items pre-approved by CHEA may be distributed or displayed. If you are approached by a solicitor anywhere outside the Exhibit Hall, please report it to the Information Booth or to a CHEA Convention volunteer.
Lost and Found
Items left in workshop sessions or in the Convention area may be left or picked up at the Information Booth until the close of the Convention Saturday evening. Items not claimed will be left with Convention Center security.
By entering the Convention site, I understand that I am giving my permission to Christian Home Educators Association of California to use any photographs, videotapes, motion pictures, recordings or any other records taken while I or my child is participating in the Convention and engaged in any activity or event sponsored, promoted, or organized by Christian Home Educators Association of California including publicity, advertising, or any legitimate purposes.
A small nursing mother’s room will be provided. There will be tables and a few regular chairs. No other furniture or baby items are supplied. Hours are:
- Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
- Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
One Convention program, including the schedule and workshop descriptions, will be provided to each registered family at check-in. At-the-door registrants receive programs as available. Additional or replacement programs will be provided as available.
Refunds and Adjustments
We regret that refunds are not possible, and registrations are non-transferrable. We must contract for and reserve space in advance, therefore we cannot issue refunds. Unredeemed registration can be used as a tax-deductible donation. Upon written request, we will issue a receipt for tax purposes.
Because of safety and congestion problems created by the proliferation of wheeled items in the Convention facility, only small rolling suitcases will be permitted. Wagons, other four-wheel vehicles, rolling crates, or two-wheeled “shopping” carts will not be permitted. Wheeled units must be kept next to attendee when viewing curriculum or conversing with others.