2019 Convention Information & Procedures
CHEA’s 36th Annual Homeschool Convention promises to be one of the most exciting homeschool conventions around, with many new and unique attractions and a return to the Pasadena Convention Center. Our goal, as always, is to provide you with the resources you need to train your children, and to give you a quality event with an atmosphere that glorifies God. We continue to offer the popular Used Curriculum Sale, the Exhibit Hall with more than 150 booths, exhibitor workshops, and great speakers. This year, CHEA again hosts a Mini-Conference on Thursday, free for new homeschoolers, a Homeschool Graduation, Children’s Convention, Teen Convention and a College Prep Night/College Fair.
It is important that you read the information provided here to help you navigate the wealth of information related to the operation and benefits associated with the Convention. By registering for this event you are signifying that you have read and agree to abide by the Convention Information and Procedures for this event.
Admittance and Convention ID
The wristband is your admission ticket to all areas of the Convention. Wristbands are for the sole use of the registered attendee and may not be transferred or shared. Each registered adult and accompanying minor family members will receive one wristband for all days of the Convention. All Additional Family Members will also receive a wristband. Teens registered for the Teen Convention will have a different wristband from their parents–one band for both days of the event. Children registered for the Children’s Convention will also receive separate wristbands for the Children’s Convention.
Audio or video taping of the Convention sessions is prohibited. Most Convention workshops* will be recorded and available for purchase as a set at the greatly reduced price of $69 when pre-purchased with online Early Bird registration (CHEA Members only) and $79 with regular online registration. All pre-ordered audio CDs will be shipped after the Convention. Purchases of sets OR individual sessions will also be available at the onsiteAudio Store. Individual CDs are $6 each or buy five and get the sixth free. For the best onsite deal, purchase a two-CD set containing all available workshops (in MP3 format) for $99. After the Convention, a limited quantity of CDs will be available through the CHEA office; all will be available for purchase as downloadable MP3s. Exhibitor workshops are not recorded.
*For workshops not available at the Audio Store contact the speaker (see the workshop grid).
Cell Phones and Pagers
Please turn off all cell phones and pagers (or on silent/vibrate mode) so you will not disturb the speaker, other attendees, and session recording. If you receive a call during the session, please wait until the session is over or leave the room to answer the call. Parents with children attending the Children’s Convention must place their cell phone on vibrate so Children’s Convention staff can contact you if needed but not interrupt other Convention activities.
Changes in Registration
If you wish to make any changes to your registration, please go to the Registration Assistance booth.
Children in the Convention
There is no childcare available for children under four. Children three and under are welcome to join their parents at no charge in all parts of the Convention. All older children (ages 4-12) must either be included in Family registration (no extra charge, but children’s names must be listed) or registered for the Children’s Convention. Seating is limited in all meeting rooms. We ask parents with children to take advantage of the family seating in the back of the room. Strollers may be used for the Exhibit Hall, however you must leave strollers outside of meeting rooms due to space limitations and Fire Marshall Regulations. Strollers may never be left in aisles or walkways.
Contacting CHEA During the Event
CHEA can be reached during the event by calling an onsite information telephone number. The phone number is TBA. The phone hours will be:
- Thursday, July 11: noon to 8:30 p.m.
- Friday, July 12: 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- Saturday, July 13: 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The presence of a particular speaker or exhibitor at this Convention does not constitute an endorsement of their product or service or imply that a comprehensive evaluation of specific products or services has been made by CHEA. CHEA endeavors to present speakers and exhibitors whose materials are compatible with biblical principles, and our first choice is always to have Christians presenting these materials; however, if a speaker or exhibitor has material which would be beneficial to home educators, their participation is not restricted because they may not subscribe to specific religious doctrines. If you have convictions about doing business with non-Christians or are uncertain about the content of specific material, please clarify this with the individual speaker or exhibitor before making your purchase or signing a contract for services.
Major injuries or illnesses should be reported to the Information booth immediately. Bandages, aspirin, and other over-the-counter medications are available in the Pasadena Sheraton Hotel gift shop.
Patronizing the concession areas available helps CHEA meet its substantial financial obligations to the Pasadena Convention Center. You may also visit nearby restaurants or eat a sack lunch outside. According to facility policies, you may not bring any outside beverages or food, including sack lunches or coolers inside the Convention Center buildings. Please help us maintain our Christian witness to the facility staff by obeying the rules. For local restaurant information, check Pasadena Convention Center signs and directories, or click this link. For nearby attractions, information will be available at the CHEA Information booth, or here on our website.
Free Gifts for Each Registered Family
A free Literature Bag is distributed to each registered family, and is full of information about resources to help you in your home education endeavors.
Full Workshop Sessions
We know it can be very disappointing when you can’t get into the session you were looking forward to hearing. We do the best we can to select appropriate room size for speakers. Please understand that if you are turned away by a room host/hostess it is due to Fire Marshall Regulations that do not allow sitting on the floor or standing in the back. We suggest you try to arrive to the room early, and have an alternative workshop in mind just in case. You may also choose another session and order the missed session’s audio from the CHEA Audio Store. Thank you for your understanding and patience.
A facility map can be found here and will be included in your Convention Program.
No unauthorized literature may be distributed in any area of the Convention. Only items pre-approved by CHEA may be distributed or displayed. If you are approached by a solicitor anywhere outside the Exhibit Hall, please report it to the Information booth or to a CHEA Convention volunteer.
Lost and Found
Items left in workshop sessions or in the Convention area may be left or picked up at the Information booth until the close of the Convention Saturday evening. Items not claimed will be left with Convention Center security.
A small nursing mother’s room will be provided. There will be tables and a few regular chairs. No other furniture or baby items are supplied. Hours are:
- Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
- Friday and Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
One Convention program, including the schedule and workshop descriptions, will be provided to each registered family at check-in. At-the-door registrants receive programs as available. Additional or replacement programs will be provided as available.
Refunds and Adjustments
We regret that refunds are not possible, and registrations are non-transferrable. We must contract for and reserve space in advance, therefore we cannot issue refunds. Unredeemed registration can be used as a tax-deductible donation. Upon written request, we will issue a receipt for tax purposes.
Because of safety and congestion problems created by the proliferation of wheeled items in the Convention facility, only small rolling suitcases will be permitted. Wagons, other four-wheel vehicles, rolling crates, or two-wheeled “shopping” carts will not be permitted. Wheeled units must be kept next to attendee when viewing curriculum or conversing with others.