The Association québécoise pour l’éducation à domicile (AQED), or Québec Association for Home-Based Education in English, is a volunteer citizen organization founded in 1997 by families who wanted to better support each other in their homeschooling journeys.
In 2020, the association represents more than 2,300 families, which represents over 5,000 children homeschooled in Québec.
AQED is a non-profit secular organization. Its decisions and actions are based on the results of scientific research related to learning, homeschooling, and the well-being of children and their families.
AQED's mission has three main components:
To demystify homeschooling by providing information to parents and the general public;
To represent its members before the Ministère de l'éducation et de l'enseignement supérieur, and any governmental or public body related to home education;
To support, regroup and defend the rights of parents to educate their children according to the pedagogical approach they prefer, while respecting the fundamental rights of the children.