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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 ($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 classes and events for the term of the membership.

2018 Fall Supporting Member: $110
2018-2019 Annual Supporting Member: $220

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, November 19th, 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.

Lending Library Hours:

Monday:          12:00-2:00
Tuesday:         10:00-12:00 
Wednesday:    12:00-2:00

Friday:            10:00-12:00

Reserve your Spot!

This fast paced, one and a half hour introductory workshop will help new homeschooling families find out more about the legal ways to homeschool, the various styles of homeschooling, and the area resources for homeschooling.

This is a workshop for adults and babies in arms. No child care is provided. Up to two adults may attend with one registration 

Cost: $5
To register, RSVP here as "going" and then send your $5 donation via pay pal to secure your spot.

About the presenter: Heddi has three children and has been homeschooling for the past 12 years. She is the county contact for the California Homeschool Network and is a member of the Homeschool Association of California. If you have questions about the workshop, please contact her at 831-458-1711 or

October Socializing
We have just added a bunch of fun social events to our fall calendar.

We are starting up a weekly Wednesday afternoon social time for our younger homeschoolers. We will be beginning Wednesday, Oct. 24 with a Tea Party. Bring your stuffies! Then Wednesday, Oct. 31st we'll have candy-free Halloween fun with pumpkin decorating and pumpkin soup making. 

Wednesday Social Time: Tea Party 

Wednesday Social Time: Pumpkins!

Our Tween & Teen Nights are making a return starting with a Halloween Dance on Sunday, October 28th. Check out the event and let us know if you plan to join us:

Current Classes & Clubs

All classes and events are FREE to supporting members. 
Supporting members join as a family. The entire family gets free entrance to all DLC classes and events for the term of the membership.

All classes and events are open to the homeschooling community. You may pay for classes and events individually without becoming a member.

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

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.


Ancient Technologies

Mondays (10/15 - 11/19) 
11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

Study history and pre-history through tech advances! We will start in the paleolithic 20,000 years ago, discussing what technologies "cave men" had at their disposal. Then we'll move forward in time towards agriculture, writing and beyond. Wherever possible, we will engage in hands on crafts and games (maybe even foods) relevant to each advance. 

Leader: Amanda Abronson

Rating: Tangy

Ages: 7-12

Class Fee: $60 (6 sessions), free to supporting members
Material Fee: TBA

Enroll Online


Mondays (9/24-12/10) 
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Advanced Chemistry Lab with weekly experiments. Topics include separating solutions, molar mass, decomposition and displacement reactions, and oxidation states. For high school and advanced middle schoolers. Contact instructor prior to enrollment

Leader: Melody 

Rating: Mellow

Ages: middle school & high school

Class Fee: $120 (12 sessions), free to supporting members
Material Fee: TBA

Enroll Online


No classes this week.


Spanish Play/Practice

11:00 a.m. -11:45 a.m.

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: $70 (7 sessions) free to supporting members

Material Fee $5

Enroll Online

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.


No classes this week.


Nature Connection

Fridays (9/7 - 11/30, no class 11/23) 
10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

Independent and group exploration and discovery course. This class aims to connect all students to nature through lectures, journaling, experiments, field days, and art. 

Leader: Connie Corona

Rating: Mellow

Ages: 7-9 with elem. reading & writing skills

Class Fee: $120 (12 sessions) free to supporting members

Enroll Online


No classes this week.


No classes this week.

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