Duval County Public Schools Wants Parents to Get HIPPY with It.
Duval County Public Schools has been awarded a grant from FL HIPPY/ USA HIPPY to offer their early learning program to 60 families in North Florida. The new program prepares their three- and four-year-old preschoolers for success in school.
Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters known as HIPPY provides free in-home training and resources for parents to engage their preschoolers. The activities are designed to be fun and interactive while focusing on critical skills like:
- Language Development
- Social and Emotional Learning
For 30 weeks, HIPPY home visitors meet with parents and share books and activities that support parents at no charge. Books, guides, curriculum, and activities in both English and Spanish are provided, according to Sonya McSwain, Director of Early Child Learning for Duval County Public Schools. In turn, parents spend at least 20 minutes each day with their child exploring new concepts together.
“As a parent, you are your child’s first and most influential teacher,” said McSwain. “We can give you the power to ensure your child is ready for school.”
Children participating in HIPPY have demonstrated statistically significant higher achievement scores in reading, math, and social studies, according to a 2003 study by the Center for Human Investment Policy.
To qualify for HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters):
- Family income must fall below the Federal Poverty Guidelines -- (Please see Household Size and Family Income within the TANF Eligibility)
- Zip codes targeted: 32206, 32208, 32209, 32210, 32233
The program is free, but seats are limited.
The HIPPY Applications and TANF Eligibility forms require Acrobat® Adobe® PDF reader.