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  Copyright by Christian Keepers Homeschool Fund, Inc., 2011

Copyright by Christian Keepers Homeschool Fund, Inc., 2011

Christian Keepers Homeschool Fund, Inc. believes there is great need to assist children and families in their pursuit not only for a homeschool education, but that of a Christian education. Here are some astounding statics to demonstrate exactly where the need lies:

Here is a breakdown on the current number of children educated throughout the United States in either public, private or a homeschool setting:

·         The U.S. Census Bureau report issued in 2010 by the U.S. Department of Commerce report there were 56 million children enrolled in public schools throughout the United States.  

·         The Council for American Private Education recently reported that private schools in the United States serve another 5.5 million PK-12th grade students, and of this number it is important to note that 80 percent of private school students are attending religiously-affiliated schools.

·         According to a report published in January, 2011 by Brian D. Ray, Ph.D. who leads the National Home Education Research Institute, there are now 2.04 million homeschool students in the United States as of 2010.
Dr. Ray, along with others in the homeschool field, are all expecting a notable surge in number of children being homeschooled in the next 5 to 10 years based on the numbers over the past 3 to 5 years. Homeschooled children represent approximately 3.8% of the total number of U.S. K-12 students across the country. The homeschool population growth rate is continuing to grow at an estimate of 2% to 8% per year, making it the fastest-growing form of education in the United States, as well as in other nations around the world. Homeschooling is also quickly growing in popularity among minorities with estimates of about 15% of all homeschool families are non-white/Anglo.

In analyzing the costs associated with each type of educational option the total amount spent per student is quite staggering. According to the latest statics from the U.S. Census Bureau, the national average spent on a child in the public school system in 2009 was $10,499, of which $2,500 was spent on books and materials.

The average cost of private school tuition in the U.S. is $10,045, which because this is an out-of-pocket expense, this option is simply out of reach for most families. The U.S. Census report released in February, 2011 shows there are only 8.5 million families with incomes over $75,000, and out of this number only 12% of these families have children in private schools. This report shows that the majority of families who have children in private school have incomes above $75,000.

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Now although the costs of homeschooling children is less than a private school, the costs of books and supplies can easily add up. Clive Belfield, professor of economics at Queens College, City University of New York, estimates that the cost for parents can easily be as high as $2,500 for a family's first child and slightly less for the next one or two home-schooled children in the home. Now although there are certainly some homeschool programs that charge these higher amounts, such as homeschool academies, it is important to note there are also much more economical homeschool programs available as well. When factoring in the cost of having a full-time parent at home teaching rather than working an outside job, the cost of home schooling may also result in being a significantly higher option.  Due to these costs and/or loss of income, many parents have no other choice but to choose public schooling even if they desire to provide a home education for their children, and more specifically a Christian-based education.
The goal of Christian Keepers Homeschool Fund is therefore, to aid in the needed funding for Christian-based curriculum to families who may not otherwise be able to afford it.

Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code provides tax exemption for organizations organized and operated exclusively for charitable, educational and religious in nature.  Christian Keepers Homeschool Fund, Inc. will be set up to explicitly serve the needs of lower income families desiring to home educate their children through a Christian-based curriculum. It is the goal of this organization to give the same opportunities of a solid home-based education to lower income families as to those from higher income families.

In complying with the IRS code as a charitable organization, Christian Keepers is committed to the advancement of the education of children, to the advancement of the Christian religion, and to the relief of the underprivileged.
Providing the opportunities for a homeschool education is also beneficial to the public. One of the biggest benefits to the public at large is the approximant $16 - $20 billion that American taxpayers do not have to spend on children who are not in the public school system.

A study conducted on home educated adults by Dr. Gary Knowles, of the University of Michigan, concluded that none of the adults in the study were unemployed nor were any of them on any type of welfare.

In repeated studies, there is also strong evidence showing homeschool children score much better on average vs. public school children on academic test scores. In fact, typically homeschool educated children score 15 to 30 percentile points higher on standardized academic achievement tests putting them well over the public school average which is in the 50th percentile. These higher academic achievement success rates on home educated children in turn leads to adults whom have been shown more likely to go on and successfully graduate from college, participate in local community service and vote more frequently than the general population.

Our nation needs and relies on highly educated citizens along with an educated labor force with abilities to compete in today’s global environment. 

So why is Christian Keepers mission to use only Christian-based material? Simply put, we believe
as parents that the most powerful education we can give our children, is the knowledge and teachings of Jesus Christ - Our Savior. What our children choose to do and how they live their lives as adults can well depend on the foundations of what they learned as a child. One of the most important responsibilities that we have as parents, is to teach our children how to put their trust in Jesus Christ and learn about His sacrifice for us.
Deuteronomy 6:5-7
states, You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I commend you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.

In summary, Christian Keepers Homeschool Fund, Inc.’s mission will be to meet the growing demand of lower income families who are seeking the opportunity to provide a home education for their children using Christian-based curriculum.
 We will meet these demands by reaching out to corporations, sponsors and citizen donors who are committed to the ideals and goals of supporting Christian home school options to the disadvantaged, and provide a way to minister to those seeking Christ.

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