HISD’s Family and Community Engagement department is still recruiting families and part-time home instructors to work with the Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) program for the 2015–2016 school year.
HIPPY is a school readiness program for 3-, 4-, and 5-year-old children that helps parents prepare their preschoolers for academic success. Instructors visit parents in their homes for an hour a week over a 30-week period during the school year, and model research-based learning activities designed to help Pre-K children develop skills in reading, math, and science. Parents then practice the activities with their children over the week until they learn a new activity during the next lesson. Children whose parents participate in the program consistently outperform their peers in reading and math in kindergarten and first grade.
HIPPY still has some spots available in some areas of HISD for parents of 3-year-old children. If you are interested in finding out whether your area still has space, please call the HIPPY office at 713-967-5298.
Home instructors are essential to the success of the HIPPY program. The part-time positions require a commitment of 30 hours a week and offer a salary of $10 an hour, plus benefits. Below are some of the additional benefits of working with HISD as a HIPPY home instructor:
- Opportunities to receive Americorps funding to pursue higher education
- Professional work experience
- Opportunities for further employment within HISD
- Personal satisfaction from training parents to help their children succeed in school
Interested candidates can apply online at bit.ly/1JjB3IN or call 713-967-5298 for more information.