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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.

2019 Spring Supporting Member: $120
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, December 17th, 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:    10:00-2:00
Friday:             10:00-12:00

Are You or Your Kids Makers?
Sell Your Wares at the DLC Craft Fair!

Families, start making now! You have several weeks until our craft fair on Sunday, December 16th. Kid and adult crafts are all welcome. Handmade items only please, no imports or resale.

Table registration fees will benefit our 100% volunteer run non-profit, however families will be able to keep all of their earnings!

We still have a few spots for young entrepreneurs in our breezeway. We have extended the deadline to Friday, Dec. 14th for these tables.

Apply today:

Table Fees:

Breezeway (young entrepreneurs):
1/2 of a 6' table (~ 2 1/2'x3'): $10/ $5 members
4' table: $12 / $6 members

Indoor Hall (adults, families, and 12+ young entrepreneurs):
6' table: $40 / $20 members

Lobby Busking:
30 min. slots: $10 / $5 members

There is a $5 table splitting fee. However, immediate family members may share a 6' indoor table without a splitting fee.

Please review our show policies, including set-up times, table sharing fee, at the top of our craft fair application.

Wreath Making Workshop at the Craft Fair

Sunday, Dec. 16th
Session I: 3:00-4:00 pm

Stephie Tucker will lead this workshop for adults (and families with adult participant). We will provide a variety of local greenery and berries and demonstrate how to make a wire-frame based wreath in this hands-on workshop. Families can work together to arrange 10 small bundles or bouquets of greenery that are then attached to the frame with pipe cleaner.

These wreaths always turn out gorgeous no matter how experienced our wreath makers are. We guarantee you will get lots of oooohs and ahhhhs from all your holiday visitors!

Bows will be available for an extra fee.

Leader: Stephie Tucker

Rating: Mellow

Ages: Adult, or Family with Adult Participating

Class Fee: $30 (no discount for members)

Enroll online via our CourseStorm site:

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 - 12/3) 
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


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Spanish Play/Practice

Wednesdays  (until 12/12)
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.

Wednesday Social Time

12:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Community event including dance, music, tea parties, crafts, building and active games.

Activity will change weekly, so please check our facebook group for each week's event.

Cost: $5-$10/members free


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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