Preschool program comes to Eureka

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

EUREKA SPRINGS -- Beginning in September, the HIPPY Program will be offered in the Eureka Springs school district. HIPPY is program to help prepare preschoolers and thier parent for the early childhood years.

The Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters Program is a 30-week school-readiness-involvement program for parents of 3, 4, and some 5-year-old children. HIPPY operates concurrently with the school year and is staffed by a professional coordinator and well-trained home-based educators.

The HIPPY curriculum consists of 9 storybooks, 30 age- and developmentally appropriate curriculum packets and a set of colored shapes. In addition, teaching supplies such as glue, scissors, pencils, and crayons are provided free of charge.

There are 30 funded agencies providing in-home parental education and support at 48 sites to children and families. Arkansas HIPPY programs are sponsored by a variety of organizations, including seven Educational Service Cooperatives, 14 school districts, nine community-based organizations, and one Head Start agency.

Arkansas HIPPY has an operating agreement with Arkansas Children's Hospital, the state sponsoring agency. This agreement entitles local programs to purchase the HIPPY curriculum, and attend all workshops, trainings and conferences sponsored by Arkansas HIPPY.

HIPPY is an educationally rewarding experience for parents of preschool youngsters. Ask an educator about the progress of a child who has been in HIPPY; they'll tell you that the preschooler comes to school ready to learn. In addition, there are monthly meetings where HIPPY parents can share information on current trends in education.

For more information on becoming a HIPPY participant, contact Dedra Williams at 870-423-6391, or email deHIPPYeducator@live.com. You can also call Ozark Unlimited Resources Educational Cooperative in Valley Springs at 870-429-9100 or the Arkansas HIPPY office at Arkansas Children's Hospital at 501-364-3671.

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