A program whose acronym HIPPY stands for Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters. HIPPY is a 30 week curriculum of lessons and activities.
HIPPY has home based educators who make weekly home visits to role-play lessons with parents while instructing them on how to teach literacy skills and activities to their own children.
These lessons are age appropriate for three, four, and five year olds giving them skills needed when entering kindergarten. The program uses a developmental screening tool to find children’s strengths and weaknesses. HIPPY also uses an assessment instrument called Work Sampling that tracks children’s developmental benchmarks. The program also provides a portfolio of each child’s learning activities along with the required documents such as birth certificate, immunization record, and social security card when provided at enrollment.
We serve families in Lafayette, Little River, and Miller counties; and our office is in Texarkana. The primary eligibility factor is a child must live in one of our three service areas/counties and reach age three or four by August 1, 2010. There are numerous other eligibility factors. Some of which are family income; child’s low birth weight; parents’ inability to read; parents under age eighteen at child’s birth; parent did not graduate high school; or child screens below age and competency level of developmental screening.
For additional information; interested parents may call our office at 870 772-3055 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
SWADC HIPPY DIRECTOR is MARY HARRIS