HIPPY stands for Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters. HIPPY is a free 3-year home-based program offered to children between the ages of 3-5 whom reside in the Irving Independent School District school zone. The foundation of the HIPPY program is, “All children can learn” and “All parents want what’s best for their children”. Our program curriculum focuses on Literacy, Math, Science, Motor and Language. Throughout the school year, home instructors conduct weekly home visits to role play with parents and inform them on community events. The purpose of the HIPPY program is to work with parents and help them prepare their children for academic success.
Irving ISD HIPPY Home Instructors serve the community as AmeriCorps members. They serve a total of 4 years and conduct over 3,600 community service hours. At the end of each school year completed, Home Instructors are awarded an educational award to attend a college/university of their choice.
In 2016, Irving ISD HIPPY expanded and now offers instruction for families that have 3, 4, or 5-year-old children that have been identified or diagnosed with an Autism disability. The HIPPY program staff works closely with the HIPPY state office and the UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center (KFAC) to receive required training to implement on A+ families.
- Free curriculum, books and supplies.
- Weekly instruction out of the comfort of your own home.
- Child’s pre-academic skills improve.
- Parent involvement in school increases.
- Increased interaction between parent and child.
- Opportunity for child to attend summer school for pre-k preparation.
- Community Resources offered.
- FFF- Food, Fit & Fun instruction.
- Prevention efforts
- Family support
- Monthly Parent Workshops
HIPPY Field Trips
The HIPPY program receives sponsorship from the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) to offer free field trips for HIPPY families throughout the academic school year. These educational excursions provide academic enrichment and social experiences for parents and children. Field trip locations include the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Arboretum and Perot Museum of Science.
In 2013, the first HIPPY academic scholarship was awarded. The goal of the HIPPY scholarship is to provide continued learning opportunities to high school seniors whom graduated from the HIPPY program.
The HIPPY program was founded by Dr. Avima Lombard in 1969 in Jerusalem, Israel. The NCJW Research Institute for Innovation in Education sponsored the development of the HIPPY Program. In 1975, the Israel Ministry of Education adopted HIPPY as a national home-based early childhood program. In the 1980’s, HIPPY began spreading around the world and the first program began in the U.S. in Richmond, VA. In 1988, the first Texas program started in Dallas with Carla Weir Mowell as the first HIPPY coordinator in Texas. HIPPY was the first US program to serve immigrant Spanish speaking families. Ten years later Mrs. Carla Mowell established the HIPPY Texas State office in the University of North Texas. In 2000, HIPPY begins at the Irving Independent School District. In 2016, HIPPY Irving participates in a pilot program that identify families with children that may be exhibiting or have been diagnosed with Autism. HIPPY is proudly served worldwide in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, Israel, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa and the USA.