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HIPPY
Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters

Kelley Smith
Program Coordinator
Debbi Fletcher
Secretary
Wendy Spann
Assessment/Intake

Field Coordinators

Colleen Jobe

Office Location:
Judsonia

Districts Served:
Bald Knob
Bradford
Riverview
WCCentral

178 Children Served

Ginger Bridges

Office Location:
Searcy

Districts Served:
Rose Bud
Pangburn
Searcy

180 Children Served

Kelley Smith

Office Location:
England

District Served:
England

75 Children Served

Kelly Ramey

Office Location:

Lonoke

Districts Served:
Beebe
Carlisle
Lonoke

177 Children Served

Jennie Gates

Office Location:
Hazen

Districts Served:
Cabot
Des Arc
Hazen

189 Children Served

Thirty (32) HIPPY Home Based Educators


GOAL AND OBJECTIVES:

The goal of the WDMESC HIPPY Program is to administer a national curriculum of early childhood, age and developmentally-appropriate readiness skills to three, four and some five year old children; to maintain current information on and serve as a networking agency for families of the children identified as having needs; and to develop, provide, and administer appropriate in-service training for all personnel involved in serving HIPPY children and their families. The program is offered at no-cost to all families. Each child receives books. curriculum, supplies and enrichment materials to complete the weekly lessons.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

The HIPPY Program is a three year program responsible for identifying academically or educationally at-risk three, four and five year olds in member school districts and providing skills necessary for kindergarten readiness. Any three or four-year-old is eligible for the program, with those most in need being served first.

The WDMESC HIPPY Program has provided services to the locally identified at-risk children since the 1991-1992 program year. All four-year-old children will enter the kindergarten program at their local schools the following fall, with HIPPY encouraging the necessary family/school bond to promote educational interest and success. Linkage has been established and maintained with other preschool family service providers. An interagency advisory council networks to provide local expertise and community support.

Fourteen member districts and over 791 students participate in the HIPPY program each year. Funding for the program is provided by the Arkansas Better Chance (ABC) Program, Title I, participating school districts, local colleges & universities, and the local communities served by the program.