CHEA’s 35th Annual Homeschool Convention promises to be one of the most exciting homeschool conventions around, with many new and unique attractions and a return to the Pasadena 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 Used Curriculum Sale, the Exhibit Hall with more than 200 booths, exhibitor workshops, and great speakers. This year CHEA again hosts a free Mini Conference for New Homeschoolers, a Homeschool Graduation, a Children’s Convention, and a Teen Convention. New this year we are adding a Mom’s Night Out, and a College Prep Night/College Fair.
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.
Additional Family Members
Additional Family Members are adult children or other adult members of the household who participate in the home education process. Teens not attending the Teen Convention, or children under 12 not attending the Children's Convention can be included in your Family registration at no extra charge. (See "Family Registration" and "Children in the Convention" later in this document.) Children in this category are welcome in all sessions as space permits. We encourage families with children to take advantage of the family seating in the back of the room. Also, children must be accompanied by a parent at all times during the event. Individual families must register separately, even if they share a residence.
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 family members will get 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 get separate wristbands from the Children’s Convention.
Audio or video taping of the Convention sessions is prohibited. Most Convention workshops* will be recorded and available for purchase as a set at the greatly reduced price of $69 when pre-purchased with online Early Bird registration (Members only) and $79 with regular online registration. All pre-ordered audio CDs will be shipped after the Convention. Purchases of sets OR individual sessions will also be available at the onsite CHEA Audio Store. Individual CDs are $6 each or buy five and get the sixth free. For the best onsite deal, purchase a two-CD set containing all available workshops (in MP3 format) for $99. After the Convention, a limited quantity of CDs will be available through the CHEA office; all will be available for purchase as downloadable MP3s. Exhibitor workshops are not recorded.
*For workshops not available at CHEA’s Audio Store (see the workshop grid) contact the speaker.
Bloggers Night Out
Are you a homeschool blogger or have you always dreamed of starting a blog? You’ll be encouraged at Bloggers Night Out Friday, June 29. Hear from a panel of blogging experts, meet and network with other bloggers, and hear from vendors that are looking to partner with bloggers like you. This will be held Friday night and is included in your Convention registration.
Cell Phones and Pagers
Please turn off all cell phones and pagers (or 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, please go to the Registration Assistance booth.
Be sure to visit the CHEA Bookstore where a wealth of resources is available. Purchasing at the Convention saves on shipping charges, and CHEA Members receive a 10% discount on all purchases at the CHEA Bookstore.
CHEA Convention App
We will have a free interactive CHEA Convention App (both iPhone and Android) that will give you instant access to the Convention schedule, workshop descriptions, list of exhibitors, Exhibit Hall floor plan, and much more!
Pick up your wristbands and other materials at the Online Registration check-in booth. Online Registration check-in opens at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 28.
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 4-12) must either be included in Family registration (no extra charge, but children's names must be listed) or registered for the Children's 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.
Children’s Convention Check-in
If children are pre-registered for the Children’s Convention, they are checked in beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday in Conference Center Room 101/105. No lunch is provided. Children will need to be picked up for lunch at 12:40 p.m. and returned by 1:40 p.m. If you would like your child to have any snacks during the day, you will need to provide them. If your children are not pre-registered, visit the Registration booth in the Registration lobby first.
Children’s Medical Releases
Each child attending the Children’s Convention must have a completed medical release form when checking in at the Children’s Convention. When registering online, just read and then check the medical release agreement box. When you arrive at the event, you will be asked for your signature. If you register through any other means, you will need to provide a printed/signed medical release form before you can leave your children at the Children’s Convention. The form can be printed from the CHEA website in advance to save time at the event.
College Prep and College Fair Night
This year we are adding a College Prep/College Fair night on Thursday, June 28. Parents and their teens are welcome to join us for a fun, informative evening on navigating high school with college and beyond in mind. There will be speakers for the parents and separate speakers for the teens. There is no added cost for this event, however, you must be registered for Convention in order to attend this evening event.
Contacting CHEA During the Event
CHEA can be reached during the event by calling an onsite information telephone number. The phone hours will be Thursday, June 28, noon to 8:30 p.m., Friday, June 29, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, June 30, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The phone number is TBA.
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.
CHEA Members will have one week of online registration to register at a significant discount February 9-15. Pay $35 for the entire event for your family, including teens and children not attending the separate Teen Convention or Children's Convention. If you are not a current CHEA Member, join before registering. (When online registration closes, you can still get the Member price at the door if you become a CHEA Member before coming). The Early Bird Registration price is not retroactive.
The Exhibit Hall features displays from a variety of curriculum suppliers, resource companies, and cottage industries for browsing, making purchases, or placing orders. Exhibits are open Thursday, 6:00-9:00 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.to all registered for the Convention. To attend the Thursday evening Exhibit Hall, an attendee needs to be registered for the Convention, or qualify for the special one-hour preview by attending the Free Introduction to Home Education session. The Exhibit Hall on Saturday is open to all graduation ticket holders.
Please shop our Exhibitors: Our exhibitors are a vital part of our Convention. While you may be able to find some of the items in our Exhibit Hall at a discount through catalogs or used curriculum resources, consider the added service value provided by our onsite exhibitors. They have gone to great effort and expense to set up materials for your examination and spend many hours providing knowledgeable information about their products. If you take their time and reap the benefits of their knowledge, please reward them with your onsite purchase. For an added bonus, see our Shop to Win! Information later in this document to see how you can enter to win a cash prize.
Exhibitor Hall Pass
CHEA will offer an Exhibit Hall only pass for $20 per family per day. This pass does not include entrance to Keynote sessions, workshops, Teen Convention, Children’s Convention, the Used Curriculum Sale, College Prep and College Fair, Mom’s Night Out, or exhibitor workshops. Children must be with parents at all times.
These special workshops provide a close-up look at specific products and companies. Exhibitors will highlight the benefits of their products and demonstrate how to use them most effectively. Be sure to check out the workshop descriptions. These workshops are available Friday and Saturday in the Conference Center Building. See the Workshop Schedule or Exhibitors list for the companies represented. Your Convention Program will also have a complete schedule. Please note that Exhibitor Workshops are not recorded.
CHEA's price structure registers you and your family for the entire three-day event. Family registration excludes the Teen Convention and the Children's Convention. Additional fees and registration apply. Because your Family price includes the three-day event, there are no one-day registrations; however, to make sure we staff accordingly, we ask you to tell us which days you plan to attend when you register.
Major injuries or illnesses should be reported to the Information booth immediately. Bandages, aspirin, and other over-the-counter medications are available in the Pasadena Sheraton Hotel gift shop.
Patronizing the concession areas available helps CHEA meet its substantial financial obligations to the Pasadena Convention Center. You may also visit nearby restaurants or eat a sack lunch outside. According to facility policies, you may not bring any outside beverages or food, including sack lunches or coolers inside the Convention Center buildings. Please help us maintain our Christian witness to the facility staff by obeying the rules. For local restaurant information, check Pasadena Convention Center signs and directories, or click this link. For nearby attractions, information will be available at the CHEA Information booth, or on our website.
Free and Open-to-the-Public Session
A free session, an Introduction to Home Education, will be provided Thursday, 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. This session can be attended on its own or as part of our Free Mini-Conference. See information later in this document. Invite your skeptical family and friends to this informative session. After the session, attendees will receive complimentary Exhibit Hall attendance for the remainder of Thursday evening (does not include access on Friday or Saturday). Paid registration is required for all other parts of the Convention.
Free Gifts for Each Registered Family
A free Literature Bag is distributed to each registered family, and is full of information about resources to help you in your home education endeavors.
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 size 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 to the 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 can be found on the website and will be included in your Convention Program.
CHEA will host a Graduation Ceremony Saturday, June 30 at 5:00 p.m. If you have a graduating senior who wishes to participate, please see the Graduation registration page. This session is open to our participating graduates, their families, and their guests. Registered Convention attendees are invited as space permits.