About AFHE

Arizona Families for Home Education (AFHE) is the statewide organization that has been serving the needs and protecting the rights of Arizona’s homeschooling families since 1983. AFHE is a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational corporation run by a Christian board of directors. AFHE membership is available to all homeschooling parents in Arizona.

Our Mission

AFHE exists to inspire parents to home educate their children; promote parent-led, family-funded, relationship-based home education; and preserve the freedom to homeschool.

  • Sponsor the Annual Arizona Home Education Convention and Curriculum Fair
  • Publish the Arizona Home Education Journal

  • Host a support group leadership conference
  • Provide senior high and junior high graduate recognition ceremonies
  • Award scholarships for post-secondary education

  • Encourage participation in local homeschool support groups

  • Sponsor regional workshops

  • Maintain an up-to-date website resource
  • Communicate with the homeschool community through monthly e-newsletter, legislative updates, and social media.

  • Educate the public on the laws and merits of parent-directed home education
  • Monitor and guide state and national legislation affecting homeschooling

  • Defend the right to homeschool

  • Maintain the least restrictive laws and policies for home education


Our Philosophy

  • We operate from a Christian perspective and make decisions from the ethical and moral standards established in the Bible.
  • We believe that parents are responsible for the education of their children.
  • We believe that parents have the God-given right to educate their children at home.
  • We believe that all education has an implicit worldview.
  • We believe that government funding of education will inevitably lead to oversight and control.
  • We believe families should remain informed about homeschool laws at both the state and federal levels.



  • A substitute for a homeschool support group
  • A correspondence school or curriculum provider
  • A substitute for membership with HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Association)




Board of Directors

Arizona Families for Home Education (AFHE) is directed by a Christian board which consists of the following board members:

Rick and Linda Crosby

Secretary (Linda)
Sr. High Graduate Recognition Ceremony
Scholarship Liaison (Rick)

Mike and Lisa Kilroy

President (Mike)
Communications (Lisa)
Enewsletter Editor (Mike)

James and Nancy Manos

Treasurer (James)
Vice President (James)
Magazine Editor / Publications (Nancy)
Convention Director (Nancy)

Scott and Sherry McKown

Exhibit Hall Coordinators



Statement of Faith

The following is the Statement of Faith for the AFHE Board of Directors:

We believe the Bible is the inspired and only infallible authoritative Word of God.

We believe God existed from all eternity in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

We believe all men have sinned, both by nature and by act, and it is only Jesus Christ who is able and has paid the penalty for man’s sin through His substitutionary death on the cross. He then triumphed over death by His visible, bodily resurrection.

We believe salvation is offered as a free gift to the sinner. This gift must be accepted by faith, not trusting in any personal work but in the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ alone.