Learn more about MPE
In the fall of 1986, a group of 17 homeschool families gathered to provide encouragement and fellowship for one another. This was the beginning of the Johnson County Parent Educators (JCPE). In late 2001, the JCPE membership voted to change the organization’s name to Midwest Parent Educators (MPE).
JCPE/MPE has experienced growth commensurate with that of the homeschooling movement nationally. We serve homeschoolers in the greater Kansas City metro area, including many from Wyandotte, Miami, and Douglas counties in Kansas and from counties in Kansas City, Missouri.
In an attempt to restore the warmth and friendliness of a small group, cluster groups were formed in the fall of 1990. These groups are, in essence, small support groups within the larger structure of MPE. Cluster group members plan field trips and other group activities; these activities provide opportunities for both parents and children to build relationships.
A cluster group list is mailed to every new member family. Most new families will visit a few of the cluster groups before settling on the one that suits the family best.
Board of Directors
MPE has incorporated as a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization and has adopted official by-laws. Midwest Parent Educators is governed by a board, from which an executive committee of officers is chosen. Husband and wife serve as one member of the board, with each family unit receiving one vote. All members of the Board of Directors must agree to endorse and support MPE’s Mission Statement and Statement of Faith (listed in the official by-laws).
The 2018 – 2019 members of the Board of Directors are:
|Curtis and Trisha Aubrey, Treasurer||Larry and Jennifer Laporte|
|Jason and Emily Cowden||Dave and Beth Layman, Secretary|
|Micah and Johanna Gelatt, President||Randy and Elizabeth Mains|
|Kelley and Jennifer Ireland||John and Sarah Markman|
|Craig and Shawna Ketter||Mike and Sarah McLaughlin|
The MPE Homeschool Conference
The Midwest Parent Educators Conference and Curriculum Fair began as a joint effort between Families for Home Education (FHE) and JCPE. It was originally called the MO-KAN Conference and began in 1992. Since 1994, the conference has been sponsored solely by MPE. The goal of the conference is to provide families with motivation and tools for continuing the home education process.
Well-known speakers from across the nation are brought to Kansas City for the conference each spring. Over 150 distributors participate in the curriculum fair, and multiple workshops are offered to address issues facing homeschooling families. The conference has an average attendance of over 2500 people.
A part-time office manager works several hours per week in the Lenexa office. Hours are posted each week on the office phone at (913) 599-0311.
Members of MPE receive 10 issues of a newsletter, The Parent Educator, each year. Each issue contains news of events, classes, and activities of interest to homeschoolers. MPE also sponsors several support group meetings each school year. Seniors of those families who have been members of MPE for at least two years may participate in an inspirational high school graduation ceremony in the spring.