HISD’s Elementary Curriculum 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 2020-2021 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 virtually instruct parents 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 has been exclusively crafted for parents with the desire to positively affect early brain development for their young children,” HIPPY Manager Gabriella Hernandez said. “Through HIPPY, families experience increased interaction and through parents love and dedication students then demonstrate positive outcomes for school readiness and socialization in their lives.”
Home instructors are also 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 $14 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.
There are still some spots available for parents and children in some areas of HISD. To learn more about HISD’s HIPPY program, visit HoustonISD.org/HIPPY or call 713-967-5298.