JASON CLARK

HIPPY Program Coordinator

DEBBI FLETCHER

Secretary

SUSIE KELLER

Assessment/Intake

FIELD COORDINATORS

COLLEEN JOBE

Office Location
Judsonia

Districts Served
Bald Knob
Riverview
White County Central

KELLY RAMEY

Office Location
Searcy

Districts Served
Pangburn 
Searcy

LAUREN GUNTER

Office Location
Beebe

Districts Served
Rose Bud
Beebe
Bradford
Des Arc

KATEY BALL

Office Location
Lonoke

Districts Served
England
Carlisle
Lonoke

JENNIE GATES

Office Location
Hazen

Districts Served
Cabot
Hazen

HOME INSTRUCTION FOR PARENTS OF PRESCHOOL YOUNGSTERS

HIPPY

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 four year program responsible for identifying academically or educationally at-risk two, three, four and five year olds in member school districts and providing skills necessary for kindergarten readiness. Select two, three, four and five-year-olds are 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 795 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.