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What is the DLC?

The DLC is a homeschool collaborative.

We support families who want to learn together outside of traditional school environments. We host social events for the broader Santa Cruz County homeschooling community.

We are different from learning centers that provide outsourced academic classes. We are 100% volunteer run and non-profit. We only offer classes and social activities based on what our active member families are passionate about teaching, learning, and doing together.

Our members enjoy access to our lending library of curricula, educational materials and learning games.

Join the DLC

Many of our events are drop-in and you can subscribe to our newsletter free of charge. We do our best to keep our volunteer classes and events low cost ($5-$10 each).

By joining the DLC with a paid membership you are showing your support for our collaborative learning space. You help us pay our rent, cover supplies for classes and events, and keep the internet and lights on :-)

Supporting members join as a family. The entire family gets free entrance to DLC events for the term of the membership.

Reduced summer supporting membership: $30

Fill out our membership form to sign up or renew your membership. Then pay online to complete the process.

Next Board Meeting

Our board meetings are always open to anyone who would like to get involved. Do you have an idea about how the DLC could better support local homeschoolers? Come share it with the board!

Monday, August 20th, 7-9pm

Learn in Community. Share Your Passion. 

If you feel a calling to learn along side your kids this school year, we invite you to organize a class at the DLC. We are accepting proposals for fall classes, activities, clubs, and events now.

You don't have to be a professional teacher, just someone who is passionate about a particular topic and willing to share your curiosity and expertise with the next generation. 

You can lead a one day, one week, or all semester long activity this fall. 

Talk to your family. What do you want to explore together? What do you care about learning? What matters?

Submit your class, event, activity, or workshop proposal today!

Volunteer Opportunities

Wanted: Volunteers

We could use help with our tween and teen social events. Families interested in helping with set-up and clean-up, taking tickets, serving food, decorating, or planning can email Stephie Tucker at

Amazon Smile

The DLC is now a participating charity of the Amazon Smile program. If you shop on, you can send a small percentage of your purchase price as a donation to the DLC. Simply log on to Amazon's website through our (corrected) Amazon Smile link:

If you have family or friends who use Amazon, please share this link with them.

Summer Lending Library Hours

Monday:          9:15 -11:15
Tuesday:         11:30-1:30 
Wednesday:    10:00 - 12:00

Makerspace Learning at DLC Open House

Friday, August 24th
10:00 -2:00 p.m.
Age: all ages
Cost: Free
Makerspaces provide hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, build and invent as they engage deeply in science, engineering, art and tinkering.  Makerspace learning is student-driven, creative, collaborative, and views mistakes as valuable steps on the road to learning.

Many of the adjectives that describe the makerspace movement aptly describe the DLC as well:  creative; collaborative; hands-on; and playful.  We hope to include more makerspace events at the DLC in the future, so please come join us and get involved!

Makerspaces at our open house will include:

  • Creation Station Tinkerspace
  • Back-to-School Refashioning
  • Make-Your-Own Book
  • DIY (Home)School Pictures
We will also be featuring our Entrepreneur Row, where kids can sell their own creations and concoctions.

Heddi Craft will lead two workshops:
  • Exploring Homeschooling (10-11 am)
  • Goal Setting for Your Homeschool (1-2 pm)
Lunch will be available for purchase.

August Tween & Teen Nights
We are continuing our Sunday night activities for tweens (10-12) and teens. Come hangout and socialize before we are all back to (home)school in September!

Sun. 8/5: Art Night
Sun. 8/12: Line Dance
Sun. 8/19: Movie Night
Sun. 8/26: Student Bands

This Week: Move Night and Mock Slumber Party

Sunday, August 19th
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Cost: $10 (members free)

Vote for the movie you'd like to watch at:

See the Facebook event for full details about how to get involved.

Current Classes & Clubs

Our Summer classes have started! See below for this week's offerings and see column to the left for upcoming classes.

NOTE: The DLC is not a drop off program. If you wish to leave the DLC campus while your child is participating in a class, activity, or club, then you must arrange for another parent or caregiver who will be staying on campus to supervise your child.


No classes this week.


Spanish Play/Practice

11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

August 14 - September 4

Spanish practice incorporating games and play-pretend. Perfect for children who have had a little Spanish instruction and want to keep in practice over the Summer, or for those with no previous experience who want to get a jump on taking Spanish in the Fall. (No reading and writing required)

Leader: Amanda

Rating: Tangy

Ages: 5 to 9

Class Fee: $20 (free to summer members)

Material Fee $5


About the Instructor:
Amanda Abronson is a homeschool teacher with an interest in Spanish. Her undergraduate degree was in Linguistics and she has studied a number of language teaching methods, including in the UC TESOL/TEFL certificate program.


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DLC Activity Ratings

Mellow- this activity is calm and tends to be focused and/or structured, good for sensitive kids

Tangy- this activity is a mix of calm and high energy periods, good for kids who can focus for short periods of time but also like to get up and move around

Spicy- this activity is high energy with a lot going on, good for kids who like to be busy and active

Stephanie Tucker,
Sep 13, 2015, 2:27 PM