Free In-Home Learning for Your 2, 3, 4 or 5-Year-Old
Duval County Public Schools is offering a free in-home early learning program to families in North Florida at no charge. The program prepares children aged 2-5 for successful school entry. Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (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
When you sign up for the 30-week program, 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 children 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 that 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
- We are targeting families in the following zip codes: 32206, 32208, 32209, 32210, 32233. However, any family that meets the eligibility requirements is welcome to participate.
To enroll, call HIPPY Coordinator Ricki Bower at 904-630-6790 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email HIPPY Supervisor LaToya Keys-Garvin at email@example.com.