Feel helpless in the fight for homeschool freedom? Don’t!
One of the greatest tools for an effective impact on any legislation regarding homeschooling is YOU! So, we work hard to keep homeschooling FREE from Government control by purposefully connecting YOU to government officials.
Why should you attend?
- Learn who is making decisions on your behalf at the Capitol
- Strengthen our stand for homeschool liberty
- Give your kids a unique educational opportunity
- Promote Christ-centered, parent-directed home education
- Share your families unique experience with your legislator
Sharing coffee and donuts with your elected officials is a RARE OPPORTUNITY. But, we invite you to do just that! CHEC invites you to join us at our annual family-friendly Meet Your Legislator Day on Thursday, February 16th, 2023.
Meet Your Legislator Day at a Glance
8am Legislator Visiting Hour
- Invite your legislators to join you for coffee and donuts (We will give you details on how to do that after registration)
- Dress professional and come ready for casual conversation
- Enjoy coffee and donuts with elected officials voting on YOUR behalf
9am Opening of the House and/or Senate
- Be seated by 9am
- Experience a legislative session with your family from the open seating area on the gallery floor
- Prearrange seating on the House/Senate floor, if desired, with your legislator
Wondering how YOU can fight for your family’s homeschool liberty? Here are 5 ways for you to get involved!
1. Watch this video about CHEC’s History and Vision.
2. Attend Meet Your Legislator Day(February 16, 2023)
This significant day provides an EARLY opportunity to build relationships with elected officials. Legislative session runs January-April, so this event constructs an opportunity for great impact by attendees. This also creates a perfect opportunity for attendees to participate in the Legislative District Connection Project!
3. Attend Homeschool Day at the Capitol (April 13, 2023)
Liberty-loving folks from across the state gather annually in April, participate in a rally for homeschool freedom, educational activities and more! While a phenomenal event, most legislators are unavailable to connect personally at this time. Come to celebrate, learn, and share.
4. Read CHEC Legislative Update Blogs
CHEC publishes a new blog post weekly covering topics that encourage, educate, and inform readers about everything homeschool! The legislative Update Blog comes out monthly on the first Wednesday.
5. Enroll in the Legislative District Connection Project
CHEC is on a mission to connect every Colorado legislator with a homeschool family willing to share about their homeschool journey. We want each legislator to have a personal connection to our homeschooling community.
Meet Your Legislator Day FAQ’s
Sign up with the Legislative District Connection project (click here) and make a difference for your homeschool freedom.
Yes! Meet Your Legislator Day gives you the opportunity to connect personally with your elected officials early in the legislative session (which runs January-April), giving you the ability to have a greater impact on any homeschooling legislation that may come up. Homeschool Day at the Capitol is the annual event held in April for liberty-loving folks from around the state, featuring a huge rally for homeschool freedom, educational activities for all ages, and more. (Learn more here.) But by April, the legislative session is beginning to wrap up, and many legislators are unavailable to connect personally with families.
We’ve created Meet Your Legislator Day to give families another opportunity to make that connection!
As homeschool families in Colorado, we enjoy the fruit of many years of vigilant service by others who have fought for our freedom. We must guard that freedom carefully! But how?
That’s where CHEC’s Colorado Homeschool Freedom Team comes in. Led by homeschool mom and CHEC Legislative Liaison Carolyn Martin, the team works throughout the year keeping watch on legal issues, reviewing hundreds of proposed bills for their potential effect on home education, parental rights, and religious liberty. (Learn more about the team here.)
But one of the greatest tools for an effective impact on any legislation regarding homeschooling is YOU! 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.
We understand it can be intimidating to know all the ins & outs, so we’ve created this one-day event to help make it simple. We’re looking forward to a great day!
- Identify who your legislators are on this page
- Invite each one to meet you in the West Foyer on the First Floor at 8am. Be sure to both call and email.
- Optional: Ask one of your legislators (either your House Representative or your Senator) if they would bring you to the floor of their chamber and educate you and your family on how they do their job.
- Make sure to confirm your meeting with them a few days before the event.
- Talking points will be emailed to you prior to the event.
- If you have any questions, please email Carolyn Martin (email@example.com).
Carolyn Martin has put together a page of info to help you prepare well. Check out this page for Tips for Meeting with Legislators. Note: The tips are helpful whenever you are meeting with your legislator, but not all tips will apply to the format of Meet Your Legislator Day (with the visiting hour).
We suggest that you bring a homemade baked goodie (such as a pie, sweet bread, cookies, etc.) to leave with your legislator at their office and brighten their day!
It’s a great opportunity to bring your children to the Colorado State Capitol and show them how to connect personally with elected officials. Make it a fun field trip day!
The Colorado State Capitol is located at 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 — 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. Carpooling 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. For route, schedule, and price information click here.
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. Open seating is on the gallery level; if you’d like seating on the House/Senate Floor, you must pre-arrange with your legislator.
“The meeting (with the legislator) went very well. We discussed how the legislative process works and what would be discussed during the meeting. Her Aide had reserved seating for us inside the house floor. It was a great success!”
“It was a wonderful meeting. (Our legislator) was very gracious and reserved seats for us on the house floor. It was a great experience for our family.”
“We stayed around for an hour watching the House discuss HB19-1032, which was educational since we had been there for the committee hearing a couple weeks before. So they got to see, not just read about, how a bill moves through the legislature.”