Spotlight on Parents

Parents can get home instruction for preschoolers

The Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) is a free community service available to parents of children ages 3–5.

Designed to provide young children with the skills they need to be successful in school, the program consists of three, 30-week lesson plans that are delivered once a week in students’ own homes by approved instructors (often HIPPY alumni). Each lesson typically lasts 15–20 minutes, and activities cover a range of subjects, such as singing and rhyming or shapes and colors, that when taken collectively, constitute “school readiness” in young children.

The HIPPY program is active at 11 campuses across the city (Brookline, Coop, DeChaumes, De Zavala, Foster, Garcia, Garden Oaks, J.R. Harris, Lantrip, and Roosevelt elementary schools, and Farias Early Childhood Center). Students who live within the attendance boundaries of any of these schools are eligible to participate.

For more information, please call the Parent Engagement Department at 713-556-7290.