Come to the annual Colorado Homeschool Day at the Capitol on April 13th and stand for educational and religious liberty with over a thousand other freedom-loving people from around the state.
Homeschool Day at the Capitol is both a fun field trip (see below for all the activities) AND the #1 way to make an impact on your legislators’ support for homeschooling freedom.
|Pre-events||Future Statesman program - complete-at-home workbooks|
|"Joy of Homeschooling" banner & sign contest|
|8:45 am||Opening of the Colorado Senate and House||Capitol - inside|
|9:45 am||Liberty Celebration||Pillar of Fire Church|
|Constitution 101||Capitol - Old Supreme Court chambers|
|11:15 am||Lunch||Pillar of Fire Church - outside|
|Noon||Family march with fife & drum||To the Capitol|
|12:15 pm||MAIN EVENT: Rally||Capitol - west steps|
|Free time||See opportunities below|
Click each activity to view more information:
Pre-Event: Future Statesman Program
CHEC produces specialized “Future Statesman” workbooks each year based on a historical theme. Geared for the whole family, the workbooks contain lessons, historical information, suggested activities, and research ideas. Plus, complete the workbook and receive a special iron-on award patch! The current edition is $7, and a bundle from the last 5 years is only $22.50. Simply add-on when you register.
Pre-Event: “Joy of Homeschooling” Sign Contest
Signs celebrating the “Joy of Homeschooling” will be displayed all week long in the Capitol rotunda and lobby, showcasing the variety and blessing of home education in Colorado. More details coming in early 2018.
Capitol: Directions & Tips
The House and Senate opening, Constitution 101 class, noon Rally, and optional free time activities (self-guided tour and meeting with legislators) are all located at the Colorado State Capitol (200 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203).
- What to wear? Due to the formal business atmosphere at the Capitol, all attendees should dress in business or church attire (or historical costumes) — first impressions are important. Dress nicely, speak kindly, and keep children quietly and respectfully by your side.
- Driving? There is plenty of paid parking (street or lot) near the Capitol, but please note that there is no public parking available at the Capitol or Pillar of Fire Church. Car pooling is encouraged – make the drive a fun one with other homeschool families! Click here for a map of suggested parking areas.
- Light Rail? This could make for a fun add-on to your field trip! The light rail train comes within just a few blocks of the Capitol and Pillar of Fire Church. For route, schedule, and price information click here.
Pillar of Fire Church: Direction & Tips
The Liberty Celebration and pre-ordered lunch pickup are both located at the Pillar of Fire Church (1/2 block south of the Capitol at 1340 Sherman Street). There is no public parking available at or near the church; see “Capitol” section just above for parking & transportation options.
8:45 – Opening of the House & Senate
Attend either the House or the Senate opening in the morning and see how the Colorado legislature opens the day. Please arrive by 8:45 am; everyone must be seated by 9:00 am. Space fills quickly!
9:45 – Constitution 101 class
Students (grades 7-12) and parents are invited to learn how the U.S. Constitution is actually built upon a biblical worldview, not “separation of church and state” and secular principles.
The class is held in the Old Supreme Court Chambers of the Colorado State Capitol – a refined, history-full location for this class.
Space is limited. More information coming in early 2018.
9:45 – Liberty Celebration
The Liberty celebration is a grand morning full of music, prayer, and speeches for the whole family.
11:15 – Lunch
Eat lunch before the rally. You can pre-order Chick-fil-A sack lunches when you register, or bring your own sack lunch.
Please note: Pre-ordering closes on Monday prior to the event. There will be a limited number of lunches available to purchase onsite at the CHEC table (located at Pillar of Fire Church).
12:00 – March to the Capitol
Continuing our tradition for many years, families will gather in front of the Pillar of Fire Church to march together around the Capitol behind fife and drum in a parade, ending at the Capitol west steps just in time for the rally to begin.
12:15 – MAIN EVENT: Rally!
This is the most important part of the day! We will gather with over a thousand people to make our statement loud and clear: Homeschoolers value our liberty!
The rally will feature music, recognition of elected officials, and special guest speakers.
Please invite grandparents, neighbors, and friends – everyone who values educational and religious liberty. Let’s stand strong together! And beware – the weather can be unpredictable, so dress in layers. (And pray for sunshine!)
Learn more about the rally here.
Free time: Visit Your Legislator
We strongly encourage you to set up a visit with your legislator as a part of Colorado Homeschool Day at the Capitol on April 13th. (You can find your legislator and their contact information here.) Personally meeting your elected official will help you know first-hand who is making decisions on your behalf at the Capitol and it will strengthen our stand for homeschool liberty in both the House and the Senate.
When you contact your legislator to set up the appointment, encourage them to attend the noon rally. We would be pleased to recognize them during event. (Email firstname.lastname@example.org to let her know.)
Free time: Tour the Capitol & Dome
Pick up a special self-guided Capitol tour booklet at any CHEC table to explore our state Capitol and learn about history first-hand.
Please note: There are guided tours of the Capitol Dome available, but they are limited in space. Learn more at the Visitor Services desk in the North Foyer of the Capitol Building.
Last year: the 2017 Day at the Capitol
April 7, 2017 was announced as Home Education Day by proclamation of Governor John Hickenlooper. (View proclamation here.)