1. Who or what IS HERC?
Home Educators’ Resource Center was incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation to help homeschooling families bring their children up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Its founder, the late Peggy Turner, worked with other veteran homeschool parents to formulate the vision and philosophy of the organization, and invited these couples to sit on its board to ensure that the corporation maintained the values and focus as originally intended. Current board members have worked with Peggy and the original members to maintain this focus. This board oversees the HERC offerings and finances, with the help of many dedicated volunteers. These dedicated servant-leaders are committed to glorifying God through these acts of service.
2. What services does HERC provide?
3. Is HERC a school?
It is NOT a school. It is a resource center dedicated to coming alongside parents whose children are enrolled in small schools which have few resources on their own.
4. How much does it cost?
5. How does HERC decide which tutors and staff to hire? How may I apply to work at HERC?
HERC does not hire tutors or staff. Qualified tutors who would like to offer classes as independent contractors to homeschoolers through HERC may submit their applications and class proposals each spring for the following school year. Please contact us for a list of qualifications, for forms and for any other information you need. If you would like to volunteer for a staff position at HERC, we would really appreciate your service! Please contact us and let us know!
6. Are HERC tutors and classes screened?
HERC tutor applicants fill out paperwork which includes their statements of Christian faith and their agreements to abide by stated HERC policies and procedures. New tutors are subject to a background check before their class offerings are approved by the HERC board. Generally, HERC-approved tutors use curriculum from known Christian publishers for subjects which contain subject matter that may affect worldview issues.
7. Does HERC staff supervise my children while they are on campus?
8. But doesn’t HERC schedule classes like a school? What if my student needs to stay on campus for a class later in the day?
Sorry! HERC is not a school–it merely provides a campus and an organized means for tutors to offer their services to parents. There is no provision for unsupervised students to remain on campus before or after classes. HERC does not have staff to monitor these students, and therefore cannot be responsible for their safety. If parents are not able to pick them up, they should make arrangements with a responsible adult to supervise their children. Students should not be on campus unless they are in a class or club, or with a parent/guardian.
9. My children will be taking classes all day. Is there a provision for them to eat lunch?
There will be a longer passing period between 3rd and 4th periods. This will give students time to get their sack lunches or grab something from the campus coffee shop or the Snack Bar in the HERC office. Students are allowed to eat in class, especially during the beginning of 4th period.
10. How can I sign up for these classes and clubs?
HERC attempts to post classes for the upcoming school year in late spring of the preceding year. Please check the website, and contact tutors for classes you are interested in as early as possible. Tutors may pull a class if not enough early signups are received. Then, HERC holds an Orientation and Registration the last week of August each year. At this time, you may meet the tutors and club advisors, join HERC, and formally register for classes and clubs. Look for complete information on the HERC website: www.hercbakersfield.org and on the HERC e-mail announcement chain (contact email@example.com to add your name to the chain).
11. Where is the HERC office and campus located?
The HERC office and classes are held on the campus of Calvary Chapel Bakersfield, 6501 Schirra Court, Bakersfield, CA 93313, in Building 400. The office telephone is (661) 633-4545.
DIRECTIONS TO CALVARY CHAPEL WESTBROOK From the North or South:
Take Hwy 99 to Bakersfield. Exit on White Lane westbound to Ashe Road. Turn left on Ashe, then take first right onto Schirra Court. Turn into the first driveway on your left. HERC occupies the 400 building.
From the Northwest:
Take Hwy 43 to Bakersfield. Continue south as the road changes to Allen Road until it dead-ends into White Lane. Turn left on White Lane eastbound to Ashe Road. Turn right on Ashe, then take the first right onto Schirra Court. Turn into the first driveway on your left. HERC occupies the 400 building.
12. How can I receive updated HERC information and announcements?
HERC volunteers send out regular e-mail announcements during weeks classes are in session. To get on this list, sign up at HERC registration or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The HERC website, www.hercbakersfield.org is also updated frequently, thanks to faithful volunteers.
13. What is HERC’s Contact Information?
Home Educators’ Resource Center
PHYSICAL LOCATION: 6501 Schirra Court, Suite 400, Bakersfield, CA 93313
MAILING ADDRESS: 6501 Schirra Court, Suite 400, Bakersfield, CA 93313
PHONE: (661) 633-4545