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CARES Program



Nebraska Homeschool is privileged to bring support to homeschool families.  As our mission states, we are here "to encourage and support homeschool families through mentoring, collaboration, and resource networking."  That is why we applied for a 2020 Douglas County CARES Grant... so we could expand our mentoring programs and bring New Homeschool Kits to Douglas County, NE families.

Please apply if your homeschool meets the requirements.

Applications are processed in the order they are received.

Supplies are limited and will continue to be distributed until gone.

Apply for the Nebraska Homeschool CARES Program

FUNDING: This program was funded through the 2020 Douglas County CARES Program administered by the Omaha Community Foundation as part of the federal CARES Act. Funds are limited in use for Douglas County, NE.


ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: If you are uncertain if you meet the criteria, please apply so we can talk.

  • Live in Douglas County, Nebraska
  • U.S. citizen OR qualified resident alien
  • Be a Nebraska homeschool (includes families with child <6 y/o or >18 y/o)
  • Agree to Participation Requirements


WHAT IS A HOMESCHOOL?  For purposes of this program, we have adopted the Homeschool Legal Defense Association's (HSLDA.org) description of homeschooling.

  • Education is parent-directed
  • Education is customized to meet the child’s & the family’s needs
  • Education can take on a broader meaning beyond “academics”
  • Education is primarily home-based
  • Educational choices are up to the parent but must still comply with state homeschooling laws



  • Review eligibility requirements
  • Complete Nebraska Homeschool CARES Program Application
  • Affirm U.S. citizen OR resident alien status
  • Affirm Nebraska homeschool status
  • Upload NDE Exempt School documents (documents not required for homeschooled child <6 y/o or >18 y/o)
  • Review & sign Participation Agreement at the time of materials pick-up


  • Use materials as specified (homeschool your children/no resale)
  • Follow copyright restrictions as specified
  • Attend one (1) mentoring with us within 30 days of approval
  • Complete Program Evaluation
    • Online questionnaire
      • One (1) online questionnaire ~ 2 weeks after approval
      • Use: internal process improvement
    • Follow-up phone interview
      • One (1) phone interview ~ 6 months after approval
      • Use: share program impact


  • Support
    • Mentoring session with Nebraska Homeschool (NH-HEN)
    • Introduction Letter (NH-HEN publication)
    • "Get Started" Handout (NH-HEN publication)
  • Supplies
    • How To Choose Homeschool Curriculum (Cathy Duffy) ebook
  • Curriculum Selections (based on grade levels)
    • K-1Grades
      • Language Arts – Veritas Phonics Museum Combo Kit (K-1)
      • Science – Christian Liberty Press Nature Readers (K-5)
    • 2-6 Grades
      • Social Studies – Story of the World Basic Set (2-6)
      • Science – Christian Liberty Press Nature Readers (K-5)
      • Science – Apologia Young Explorers (2-6)
    • 7-12 Grades
      • Language Arts – BJU Press English Grammar & Writing (w/ESL)
      • Science – Apologia Health & Nutrition(9-12)




QUESTIONS? Contact us at [email protected]

Apply for the Nebraska Homeschool CARES Program