2018 AFHE Convention

35th Annual Arizona Home Education Convention

Do you need a boost of inspiration, motivation, and encouragement for the homeschool adventure? You won’t want to miss this year’s AFHE Convention! With close to 5,000 in attendance, it is the largest gathering of homeschoolers in our state each year. There’s nothing quite as energizing as being together with thousands of other parents who are on the same journey with their families that you are.

We offer a speaker line-up that is sure to inspire with something for everyone! Whether you’re looking for ideas for getting started, homeschooling high school, transitioning from public school to homeschool, early education, practical how-to workshops, homeschool vision and encouragement for moms and dads—we’ve got all of that and much more!

The freedom to teach our children at home is a tremendous honor and privilege, and Arizona is a great state in which to homeschool! We look forward to a refreshing weekend July 13-14, 2018 together with the greater Arizona homeschool community.

Early Registration Deadline: June 20

After June 20, registration is available at the door. Registration will be starting at 8:00 AM each morning Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14. For those attending one of our pre-convention events, registration will be open 2:30-5:30 PM Thursday, July 12.

First Time at the AFHE Convention?

Visit our first-time attendees page for information about what to expect your first time at the AFHE Convention and tips for what to bring and do to get the most out of the Convention.

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Schedule overview, important highlights such as food/dining options, parking, and more can be found below on this page.

Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14, 2018
Phoenix Convention Center – 
South Building
33 S. Third Street
 Phoenix, AZ 85004

2017 AFHE Convention

AFHE is grateful to Huntington University students Matthew Torres Gomez and Ryan O’Grady who created this beautiful video promoting the AFHE Convention. At AFHE’s invitation, Matthew and Ryan spent two days talking to convention attendees and filming various activities around the 2017 AFHE Convention.

Convention News

This section links to blog posts with 2018 AFHE Convention news and updates

AFHE Executive Director Nancy Manos shares in this video a little bit about AFHE, the history of homeschooling in Arizona, and what to expect at the AFHE Convention.

Convention News and Articles

AFHE Blog - Guest Post by Sheila Jones, Grand Canyon University

My Introduction to the Blessing of Homeschooling

Guest post from GCU Admissions Representative Sheila Jones sharing about her very positive experience dealing with homeschool students enrolling at Grand Canyon University

Should You Attend the Homeschool Convention? by Nancy Manos

Should You Attend the Homeschool Convention?

Nancy Manos, graduated homeschool mom and AFHE Executive Director shares her observations about attending the homeschool convention and its many benefits.

What to Expect Your First Time at the AFHE Convention

What to Expect Your First Time at the AFHE Convention

You’ve made the decision to attend the AFHE Convention and we are so excited to have you join us! We’ve put together an article to help you know what to expect before you come.

AFHE 2018 Convention - A Blueprint for Success - Homeschool Arizona

2018 AFHE Homeschool Convention

Homeschooling? Want to learn more about homeschooling? Don’t miss the 2018 AFHE Homeschool Convention July 13-14, 2018 at the Phoenix Convention Center. This year’s theme: Blueprint for Homeschool Success

Convention Sponsors

Sponsorships assist AFHE in serving Arizona homeschool families all year long and enhance the convention experience for our attendees as well.

AFHE is grateful to our sponsors for their support. Sponsorships assist AFHE in serving Arizona homeschool families all year long and enhance the convention experience for our attendees as well, while allowing us to keep admission prices as affordable as possible. Be sure to stop by their booths at the AFHE Convention and visit their websites, too!

Convention Schedule Highlights

Schedule overview for the 2018 AFHE Convention

Thursday, July 12

Pre-Convention Activities 

We have several events taking place Thursday during our set-up and exhibitor load-in day.


12:00 – 6:30 PM | Rooms 150-159 + 160
Ticketed event; registration required


1:30 – 2:30 PM | Room 160
Free of charge; no registration required; limited seating


2:00 – 5:00 PM | Room 161-163
Free of charge; no registration required



2:00 – 5:00 PM | Room 164-166
Free of charge; no registration required

FACILITY MAP – Phoenix Convention Center South Building
AFHE Convention and Pre-Convention Activities July 12-14, 2018

Friday, July 13, 2018

Schedule Overview

8:00 AM Registration Open
& Pre-Registration Check-In
8:30 – 11:45 AM Children’s Program
8:45 – 10:15 AM Keynote Session
10 AM – 6:30 PM Exhibit Hall Hours
10:30 – 11:30 AM Workshops
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM Shopping & Lunch
12:15 – 1:15 PM Sponsor Workshops
1:30 – 2:30 PM Workshops
1:30 – 5:30 PM Teen Program
3:00 – 4:00 PM Workshops
4:30 – 5:30 PM Workshops
5:30 – 6:30 PM Shopping
7:00 – 9:00 PM Friday Night Special Event

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Schedule Overview

8:00 AM Registration Open
& Pre-Registration Check-In
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM Exhibit Hall Hours
8:30 – 11:45 AM Children’s Program
9:00 – 10:00 AM Workshops
10:30 – 11:30 AM Workshops
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM Shopping & Lunch
12:15 – 1:15 PM Sponsor Workshops
1:30 – 2:30 PM Workshops
1:30 – 4:30 PM Teen Program
3:00 – 4:00 PM Workshops
4:30 – 5:45 PM Closing Keynote
5:45 – 6:15 PM Prize Drawing

Pre-Convention Schedule Highlights

Schedule highlights for Thursday, July 12 - Pre-Convention activities

New to homeschooling? Thinking about homeschooling? You are invited to join us for a FREE pre-convention mini-conference. This is a great opportunity for those new to homeschooling or those considering homeschooling. Three sessions specifically for those getting started on the homeschool adventure.

Thursday, July 12, 2018, 2:00-5:00 PM
Phoenix Convention Center, South Building

Arizona homeschool parents and teens, come on down to the Phoenix Convention Center the day before the AFHE Convention for this outstanding opportunity to talk with representatives from a variety of schools. Open to the public. Invite your friends!

Thursday, July 12, 2018, 2:00-5:00 PM
Phoenix Convention Center, South Building

Join us for this one-day Special Learners Homeschool Conference the day before the AFHE Convention. This special pre-convention event is geared specifically toward encouraging and equipping parents who are teaching children with special needs, learning challenges, and/or who are gifted learners. Registration opens in April.

Thursday, July 12, 2018, 12:00-6:30 PM
Phoenix Convention Center, South Building

Important Highlights

Be sure to check out the drop-down menu under the CONVENTION tab at the top of the page



Discount rates are available at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix, just a short two-block walk from the Convention Center South Building. To receive the group rate, make your RESERVATION ONLINE or mention Arizona Families for Home Education when making your reservation by phone. Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking is available for an additional charge. Reservations must be made no later than Wednesday, June 20 to get the discount group rate. Rooms are limited. Parking is not included and costs $19 per 24-hour period for overnight self-parking with in-out privileges. Valet parking is $28. Check-in time is 3:00 PM. Check-out time is 12:00 PM.

The Hyatt is offering a 25% discount on self-parking at the Regency Garage for AFHE Convention attendees registered at the Hyatt with our group rate booking. In addition, the Hyatt is providing free wireless Internet. And one added bonus, the room rate is the same for up to 4 people staying in the room. (No additional charge of $25+ per person for the third and fourth guests in a room as in years past.)

UPDATE JUNE 10: The AFHE room block is sold out. In addition, they Hyatt is sold out and no additional rooms can be added to our room block.

$103 plus taxes and any hotel service fees – up to quadruple occupancy (current tax rate 12.57%)

122 N. 2nd Street, Phoenix




Food is available for purchase from on-site concessions during AFHE Convention exhibit hall hours for your convenience. In addition, numerous fast food locations and restaurants are within walking distance. A map can be picked up at the Phoenix Convention Center information desk just inside the South Building main lobby entrance or visit downtownphoenix.com

PCC’S FOOD POLICY: The Phoenix Convention Center does not allow convention attendees to bring in outside food unless they are individual meals. So, if you purchase food at a nearby fast food restaurant or you bring in your own sack lunch, you must have one sack/package/beverage per person. PCC will not allow families to bring in lunch orders for multiple people in one sack/package. Please, no family picnic baskets, ice chests, large pizzas, case water, etc.

WATER: Bottled water is available for purchase at concessions and at the coffee stand in the South Lobby. Water fountains are located near the restrooms. You may bring in your own bottled water. Neither AFHE nor the Phoenix Convention Center provides water coolers for attendees.



Parking is plentiful near the Phoenix Convention Center. Parking downtown costs approximately $10-$15 per day.


We are pleased to announce that since there are no events at the arena during the AFHE Convention weekend July 12-14, Jefferson Street Garage is once again offering $5 parking to our group! Conveniently located at 333 E Jefferson Street right across the street from the Phoenix Convention Center South Building.

A few things to note:

  • There is no overnight parking at Jefferson Street Garage.
  • No coupon or advance reservation is needed.
  • Parking is filled on a first-come basis at the $5 rate all three days.
  • Can accommodate oversized vehicles if you enter on the 4th Street side, just north of Jefferson Street


Oversized vehicles can be parked in several places. The following is the information we have been given:

1) City Garage on 5th street and Washington is very large and almost always has oversize spaces available.
2) Collier Center on Washington and 3rd street. They have just over 8’ clearance.
3) Jefferson Street garage if you enter on 4th street just north of Jefferson Street.
4.) You can park at any open lot like the one on 2nd street and Washington, directly across from Chase Field.

Downtown Phoenix Website

Visit downtownphoenix.com for an interactive map with parking, restaurants, and road construction updates.



Your name badge is your admission to all areas of the convention including workshops, keynotes, and the exhibit hall. Name badges must be worn at all times while at the AFHE Convention. Name badges may not be shared or transferred. First and last names are required on all name badges.

For those who participate in early registration by June 20, your name badges will be available for pick up on-site in the South Lobby of the Phoenix Convention Center. Look for the Pre-Registration sign. Name badges will be not be mailed.

Those who register at the door will be issued a handwritten name badge at on-site registration.



We are pleased to announce that we will provide a book check just inside the exhibit hall on the left next to the AFHE booth. You’ll be able to leave your purchases and strollers and wheeled carts/suitcases for a small fee with our book check team. Claim numbers will be issued to allow you to pick up your items or add to your pile.

Due to space limitations and hazards due to blocked aisles, limited stroller parking will be available in the back of several of the workshop rooms. Once those spots are occupied, strollers may be parked in the hallway outside the room or check it at the AFHE Book Check booth in the exhibit hall for a small fee with in-and-out privileges for the day. Strollers and wheeled carts/suitcases may not be parked in any aisle or row in workshop rooms.

Strollers/wheeled carts are fine in the ballroom and in the exhibit hall.



AFHE will secure the services of an ASL interpreter for both keynote sessions as well as workshop sessions taking place in the South Ballroom. While we cannot guarantee we will be able to provide this service every year, we are thankful for the opportunity to do so again in 2018. A number of seats will be reserved at the front in the ballroom for deaf and hard of hearing.




AFHE will provide a Continuing Education form for foster parents, childcare workers, and others who need to accrue professional development hours. If you need a form, please ask at the registration counter. An AFHE representative will sign the form and the attendee will write in the workshops he/she attended along with the presenters’ names. AFHE does not have information about which sessions qualify for hours needed for the recipient.



Photographs or video taken at this event may be published in the AFHE magazine, on the AFHE website, on AFHE social media pages, or in other AFHE publications. AFHE does not provide compensation or royalties in conjunction with publication or use of these materials. By participating in this event, you grant AFHE permission to publish photos/video of you in its publications. Any photographs, video, or audio used by AFHE from this event will be used with the purpose of celebrating and promoting homeschooling in Arizona.

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Speaker Inquiries

Speaking at the AFHE Convention is by invitation only. Speakers at the AFHE Convention are carefully selected who fit AFHE’s philosophy, vision, and mission, and do not conflict with the AFHE Board of Directors’ biblical worldview.

As part of the speaker selection process, we will review speaker packets that are sent to us. Speaker packets are reviewed in August and September for the following year’s convention and selections are finalized in the fall.

Speaker packets should the speaker’s bio, workshop titles and descriptions, and a recording or two of the speaker teaching for our review. If we are interested in having you speak, we would contact you in October or November.

Because of the high volume of speaker inquiries and packets we receive, we are only able to follow up with those we are inviting to speak. If you do not hear from us by November, you have not been selected as a speaker for the AFHE Convention.

AFHE Convention
Attn: Speaker Coordinator
P.O. Box 2035
Chandler, AZ 85244-2035

Email: convention@afhe.org