Free Mini-Conference

New to homeschooling? Considering homeschooling? Join us Thursday, July 6, 2017 from 2:30-5:30 PM for a free pre-convention mini-conference with three workshops selected especially for you. Free of charge and no registration required to attend the "Considering Homeschooling" mini-conference.
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Workshops

Each year, we invite a fantastic line-up of speakers to teach workshops on a wide variety of topics from encouragement and vision to practical, how-to workshops, new homeschoolers, high school, special needs, and so much more!
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Exhibit Hall

Exhibitors are a key part of our convention and we encourage you to plan time to visit the exhibit hall at the Arizona Home Education Convention Friday, July 7 and Saturday, July 8, 2017. With over 140 vendors in more than 80,000 square feet of exhibit hall space, you will find an array of some of the finest homeschool resources. We are bringing back the Buy It Here! program to encourage on-site shopping from our vendors. A number of cash prizes will be given away along with numerous donated items from our exhibitors. See it here, buy it here, keep 'em here!
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CONVENTION FAQ

Be sure to read through the CONVENTION FAQ page to get answers to the most commonly asked questions about our conference.

SCHEDULE

Daily schedule Friday and Saturday unless otherwise noted:

8:00 am
Registration Opens
8:45 am
Worship in Ballroom
9:00 - 10:30 am
Keynote Session
10 am - 6:30 PM
Exhibit Hall Hours
11 am - Noon
Workshops
Noon - 1:30 pm
Lunch Break
12:15 - 1:15 pm
Sponsor Workshops
1:30 - 2:30 pm
Workshops
3:00 - 4:00 pm
Workshops
4:30 - 5:30 pm
Workshops
7:00-9:00 Friday
Ladies' Night Out Event
6:40 pm Saturday
Prize Drawing

ARTICLES

CONTACT US

CONVENTION - GENERAL QUESTIONS
convention@afhe.org

CONVENTION - EXHIBITORS
vendors@afhe.org

CONVENTION - YOUNG ENTREPENEURS
vendors@afhe.org

CONVENTION - VOLUNTEERS
volunteers@afhe.org

CONVENTION PROGRAM ADVERTISING
convention@afhe.org

 

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 for the following year's convention and selections are finalized in the fall.

Speaker packets should include biographical information, 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.

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

Email: convention@afhe.org

34th ANNUAL ARIZONA
HOME EDUCATION CONVENTION

Make plans to join us for AFHE’s34th annual Arizona Home Education Convention ... the largest gathering of homeschoolers and homeschool vendors in Arizona each year!

Friday, July 7 and Saturday, July 8, 2017
Phoenix Convention Center
, South Building
33 S. 3rd Street
, Phoenix, AZ 85004


See map at the bottom of this page.

PROMOTIONAL VIDEO

Enjoy and share this short AFHE Convention promo video, highlighting this very special gathering of homeschooling families in Arizona! [Produced by Yox Film Co.]

 

REGISTRATION

AFHE members will have the opportunity to pre-register for the convention at a discounted admission rate. Current AFHE membership is required to participate in the early registration discount.

REGISTRATION OPENS: March 6, 2017
PRE-REGISTRATION DEADLINE: June 16, 2016


JOIN OUR FACEBOOK GROUP

Join us in the AFHE Homeschool Arizona Facebook group where we are sharing information, quotes from speakers, speaker highlights, exhibitor highlights, and much more! Speakers and exhibitors will be interacting with us on our AFHE Convention Facebook page as we get closer to the convention as well.

www.facebook.com/groups/AFHEconvention

NAME BADGES

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

NAME BADGES WILL NOT BE MAILED OUT

For those who participate in early registration, your name badges will be available for pick-up on-site at the Pre-Registration Table in the South Lobby of the Phoenix Convention Center. Those who register at the door will be issued a name badge at on-site registration.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

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 21, 2017. 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 one complimentary wireless Internet connection per paid guestroom. 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 this year.)

2017 GROUP RATE

$99 plus taxes and any hotel service fees - up to quadruple occupancy (tax rate approx. 12.57%)

HYATT REGENCY PHOENIX

122 N. 2nd Street, Phoenix
888-421-1442
ONLINE RESERVATION LINK

 

FOOD / DINING OPTIONS

Food is available for purchase from on-site concessions during convention 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.

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.


PARKING

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

OVERSIZED VEHICLE PARKING
Oversized vehicles can be parked in several places:
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 www.downtownphoenix.com for an interactive map with parking, restaurants, and road construction updates.

 

EXHIBIT HALL ONLY PASS

We are offering an exhibit hall only pass again this year for those who have limited time and just want to come shop. The pass is $25 per adult and is good Saturday, July 7 from 2:00-5:00 PM only. Exhibit hall only passes may be purchased on-site starting at 1:45 PM Saturday. Passes may not be shared or transferred. Free spouse admission is not included. AFHE membership is not required nor included with this option. Children and teens age 19 and younger who accompany an adult purchasing the exhibit hall only pass will be charged $10 admission each.

 

VIP CONVENTION EXPERIENCE

SPECIAL VIP CONVENTION EXPERIENCE

We have an outstanding, brand new opportunity for a couple of very special donors who have some discretionary income and a desire to support the work of AFHE all while enjoying a deluxe convention experience with exclusive benefits.

Learn more about the Elite Convention Admission Package



MAP

 


CONVENTION HIGHLIGHTS

  • INSPIRATION, ENCOURAGEMENT, IDEAS, AND MORE!
  • WORKSHOPS ... A variety of excellent SPEAKERS & WORKSHOPS for veteran homeschoolers and parents new to homeschooling alike.
  • EXHIBIT HALL ... Come browse and shop the vast array of curricula and resource vendors in 80,000 square feet of exhibit hall space. See details on the EXHIBITORS page.
  • EXHIBITOR WORKSHOPS ... Workshops taught by exhibitors sharing information about their products or services. See EXHIBITORS page for workshop schedule and descriptions.
  • FIRST-TIME ATTENDEE DISCOUNT ... As a means to reach those who have never before registered for the AFHE convention, we are once again offering a first-time attendee discount admission for the first 500 who request a coupon code by April 30, 2016. See details on FIRST-TIME ATTENDEES page.
  • MENTORING MOMS BOOTH ... Experienced homeschooling moms available to answer question throughout the weekend. Located inside the exhibit hall entrance on the left.
  • COMMUNITY ... See old friends and make new ones. With over 5,000 people in attendance, you will definitely get a sense that you are not alone in this journey of home education!
  • GOODY BAG ... Each family will receive a goody bag filled with brochures, catalogs, and pamphlets from a wide variety of companies and services. (One per family while supplies last.)
  • HANDOUTS AVAILABLE ONLINE ... Download handouts for the workshops you plan to attend from the AFHE website after June 30 on the SPEAKERS page.
  • YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS ... Homeschooled students and graduates ages 12-23 share their talents and creations in the exhibit hall. See YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS page for details.
  • FREE PRE-CONVENTION "CONSIDERING HOMESCHOOLING" MINI-CONFERENCE ... Those new to homeschooling are invited to this free mini-conference Thursday afternoon. See details on MINI-CONFERENCE page. Free of charge and no advance registration required.
  • TEEN PROGRAM ... Youth age 12-18 are invited to participate in a special two-day teen program. Limit: 500 registered teens. TEEN PROGRAM