Capitol Day and Leadership Conference (CDLC) 2019

Join CHEA and Family Protection Ministries in Sacramento for Capitol Day and/or Leadership Conference in January 2019.

January 16-19, 2019

3927 Marconi Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95821

Hosted by FPM & CHEA

Click here for a printable Capitol Day & Leadership Conference flyer


Prepared for the Battle

Join CHEA and Family Protection Ministries for these tandem events. Attend one, or the other, or both!

CAPITOL DAY – January 16-18 (A Three Day Event)

Homeschool families are invited to join us as we visit our newly elected or re-elected state legislators as we create a visible presence and positive impression of private Christian home education. Training is provided and is required for all participants. In addition to training, you’ll hear inspiring messages from those who work with the legislature at the Capitol. Also planned is a tour of the Capitol Building. 

Capitol Day includes:

  • Special speakers with insights on the inner workings of the capitol and the importance of your involvement
  • Training Session prior to visiting legislative offices
  • Meeting with legislators and their staff
  • A private tour of the Capitol building

LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE – January 18-19

After Capitol Day events, homeschool leaders and those interested in leading will gather for training, refreshment, and encouragement with an emphasis on training in civic involvement. 

Topics will include:

  • How to get your group ready for action
  • How to write position papers and letters to legislators
  • Practical ways you can help your families stay with private homeschooling
  • Why homeschooling privately is still a great idea
  • Answers to the questions that keep homeschool leaders up at night
  • Threats that homeschooling faces today
  • and much more

Capitol Day is a three day event starting on Wednesday evening, January 16th through Friday morning, January 18th. Leadership Conference immediately follows on Friday evening, January 18th through the day of January 19th. You are invited to attend either event or both!

Please note: If you are unable to attend the entire conference, please join us for whatever part you can, BUT anyone who wants to go to the Capitol must still register and attend the training which takes place on Thursday morning, January 17th.

Plan to join us and please share this with your homeschool group members.

Register Here
Choose to attend:

  • just Capitol Day (no charge, though you need to register; attendance is subject to registration approval),
  • lunch at Capitol Day (Optional; $15 for an individual; $30 for a family),
  • Leadership Conference ($65). 

The deadline to register for both events is Thursday, January 10, 2019.

Click here to read about FPM and CHEA’s 2017 Capitol Day and Leadership Conference.


More Details

Capitol Day (Jan. 16-18; a three day event) has been held by FPM in Sacramento at the beginning of each new two-year legislative session for the past three decades. This year, CHEA will again join us in Sacramento to host a homeschool Leadership Conference (Jan. 18-19) in conjunction with Capitol Day.

Capitol Day – For Families and Leaders
Capitol Day is an event where homeschool families will be able to participate (subject to registration approval) in visiting our newly elected and returning legislature. We’ll be giving them a positive introduction to homeschooling. Those interested can start the approval process by registering online. You will be contacted to confirm whether your registration was approved. We recommend you wait for confirmation of approval before making any non-refundable travel plans. If confirmed, you will also receive a preparation packet. We encourage you to please share this event with your homeschooling friends. 

The goal of Capitol Day is to provide information about private home education to our California state legislators and their staff in a friendly, professional manner through our volunteer private homeschoolers. This allows them the opportunity to meet with actual homeschool families. We will also have inspiring speakers throughout the event for our volunteers.

On January 17, our Capitol Day attendees will break up into groups and visit each of the 120 legislators’ offices, providing each office with an information packet about private homeschooling. These packets help explain what private home education is as well as provide research showing that privately home-educated children do very well compared to students in public schools.

Capitol Day serves several purposes: 
1. It informs this year’s newly elected legislators and their staff while reminding the veteran legislators of the benefits of private homeschooling.
2. It strengthens our working relationship with them on a professional level.
3. It leaves them with a way to contact us if they ever have any questions about home education.

This biennial event is especially vital for the many new legislators and their new aides who have not yet become familiar with private home education. In fact, a significant number of the legislators and their aides have no idea how private homeschooling works, either practically or legally, or that there are homeschoolers in their districts. These visits go a long way toward helping them see that homeschoolers are good, law-abiding citizens that are living and working in their districts.

Capitol Day is free of charge, though registration is required. Attendance is subject to registration approval. Lunch purchase is optional; however, in order to make the most of our time at the Capitol and ensure that you don’t miss any part of the event, we recommend that Capitol Day participants purchase the lunch we provide (please see our FAQs). The cost for lunch is $15 for an individual; $30 for couples and families. We’ve done our best to make lunch as affordable as possible. 

Note: All students and parents who want to visit the legislature need to attend the training class on Thursday morning, January 17.

Children at Capitol Day? Children who are well-dressed, well-behaved, and able to sit through a business meeting are welcome to attend with their parents.

(All Capitol Day attendees must undergo an application process for approval. Once you have purchased tickets, you will be contacted, and any not approved will be refunded.)


Leadership Conference – For Homeschool Group Leaders and those Interested in Leading (Jan. 18-19)
Leadership Conference immediately follows after Capitol Day. This is geared for those in leadership of private Christian homeschool groups and those interested in leading. Topics and discussions have been chosen with the express intent to equip, inspire, and minister to homeschool leaders in their ministry to the homeschool community and to help them foster a sense of advocacy in their groups. Please see the schedule at www.cheaofca.org

Children at the Leadership Conference?  This is an adult only event. There is no accommodation for children and no childcare. Nursing infants are welcome.

Register Here
Choose to attend:

  • just Capitol Day (no charge, though you need to register; attendance is subject to registration approval),
  • lunch at Capitol Day (Optional; $15 for an individual; $30 for a family),
  • Leadership Conference ($65).
 

The deadline to register for both events is Thursday, January 10, 2019.


Frequently Asked Questions

Who should attend Capitol Day? All private homeschool families are invited to join us!

When is Capitol Day? Capitol Day is a 3-day event. It commences the evening of January 16 at Arcade Church, featuring inspiring speakers and topics, and continues with Capitol Day visits on January 17 to legislators’ offices and capitol tours. To be the best stewards of our time, we will have lunch at the Capitol. We will conclude with Follow-Up Friday on the morning of January 18 back at Arcade Church.

Do I have to order lunch on January 17? We highly recommend it. The event room in the capitol does not allow us to bring in outside meals. January in Sacramento will be cold and maybe rainy so we don’t recommend picnic lunches outside. If you leave the building for lunch, you run the very real risk of being caught in the lunch rush at security trying to get back into the building and missing the legislator visits. We’ve done our best to make lunch as affordable as possible. 

The cost for lunch is $15.00 for an individual; $30.00 for couples and families. 

Children at Capitol Day? Children who are well-dressed, well-behaved, and able to sit through a business meeting are welcome to attend with their parents.

How much is Capitol Day? Capitol Day is free of charge, though registration is required. Lunch purchase is optional, though we highly recommend it. Please see the question above about lunch purchases.

Can I come for just legislator visits and the tour on January 17? The Introduction Session (Jan. 16) and Follow-Up Friday (Jan. 18) are not mandatory for attendees only wanting to participate in Capitol Day on January 17, however they are edifying sessions that compliment the entire event. Please note that all students and parents who want to visit the legislators’ offices need to attend the training class on Thursday morning, January 17. Additionally, all students and parents who want to participate any of the three days must still register for Capitol Day.

Can I come just for the tour of the capitol on January 17? Since we reserve the tour based on how many attendees we have visiting legislators’ offices, we cannot currently accommodate for those who only want to participate in the tour. 

Who should attend Leadership Conference? Those in leadership of private Christian homeschool groups and those interested in leading are invited to join us!

When is Leadership Conference? Leadership Conference immediately follows Capitol Day and starts on Friday evening, January 18th, and goes through the day of January 19th.

Children at Leadership Conference? This event is for adults. There is no accommodation for children and there is no childcare. Nursing infants are welcome.