History

Through the years, we’ve seen God’s hand on CHEC, beginning with a small homeschool conference held in 1990.

Now reaching over 10,000 families each year, CHEC continues to grow and reach families with our vision of home discipleship that is Christ centered, parent directed, and free from government control.

Join us in thanking God for His faithfulness!

1985
Colorado holds its first Homeschool Conference with just under 100 attendees, sponsored by Homes Offering Meaningful Education (HOME). Keynote speakers include Pastor Everett Sileven and Colorado pioneer home educator, Leona Hemmerich.
1988
Colorado’s first Homeschool Law passes both houses and is signed by Governor Roy Romer.  • Learn more about the history of homeschool law in Colorado here.
1990
Christian Home Educators of Colorado (CHEC) is formed out of the foundation of HOME. • CHEC publishes its first newsletter, Pathlight, and Kevin Lundberg serves as president.
1991
CHEC sponsors the Colorado Homeschool Conference. • CHEC hires Kevin Lundberg as executive director.
1992
The CHEC Homeschool Conference grows out of all previous church facilities and moves to the Holiday Inn Conference and Events Center
1994
CHEC moves operations into an office building at 3739 E. 4th Avenue in Denver. • A part-time office manager manages the office and handles thousands of phone calls, large volumes of mail, and prolific volunteer efforts. • The CHEC Homeschool Conference expands to three days and attendance increases to 4,000. • HSLDA, CHEC, and CPC (Concerned Parents of Colorado) work together to pass Senate Bill 94-4, updating and improving the original homeschool law from 1988
1995
The CHEC Handbook, 1st Edition, is released. • CHEC sponsors the first Homeschool Day at the Capitol event. • CHEC introduces its new, free quarterly magazine, The Homeschool Update, to inform and encourage families as they disciple their children.
1997
CHEC’s new website goes live: www.chec.org
1998
1999
CHEC hires Kevin Swanson as executive director. • CHEC sponsors its first Speech/Debate workshop. • The CHEC database tops 12,000 names. • CHEC hosts monthly Homeschool Introductory Workshops.
2000
The CHEC Office moves to Parker (10431 S. Parker Road, Parker, CO 80134).
2001
CHEC launches the CHEC Independent School with about 100 families. • CHEC hires Mike Cheney as operations director, which includes coordinating the growing Homeschool Conference.
2003
CHEC sponsors the Generations Radio Program, running on a weekly basis and hosted by Kevin Swanson.
2004
The first Colorado Father Son Retreat is co-hosted by CHEC at Crooked Creek Ranch. • CHEC Family Books and Resources, CHEC’s own bookstore, opens its doors at the Parker CHEC Office location.
2005
CHEC’s Homeschool Conference moves to the Denver Merchandise Mart. • The Generations Radio Program goes daily.
2006
CHEC hosts a National Leadership Summit in Oklahoma City. • The CHEC Board of Directors updates the Vision and Mission Statements.
2007
The Generations Radio Program tops 150,000 episodes a year and becomes a separate ministry under CHEC as Generations with Vision. • The AME (Apprenticeship, Mentorship, and Entrepreneurship) Program begins.
2009
Kevin Swanson moves to become executive director of Generations with Vision and continues the daily Generations radio program. • CHEC hires Mike Chapa as executive director. • CHEC hosts a second National Leadership Summit in Indianapolis.
2010
CHEC joins Facebook. • Generations with Vision expands, hosting its first Family Economics Conference, opening the Shepherd Center mentoring program, and moving the Generations Radio Program to an online format.
2011
CHEC revamps Day at the Capitol. • The website gets a much needed overhaul. • The CHEC Homeschool Conference is rebranded to the Rocky Mountain Super Conference on the Family and incorporates a huge Used Curriculum Sale. • The CHEC Board updates the vision and mission statements. • A customized event database system is launched.
2014
CHEC hires Steve Craig, a second-generation homeschooler, as executive director. • CHEC develops a new logo and brand. • The CHEC Independent School opens an online enrollment system.
2015
CHEC completes the rebrand project and unveils a new website.