Category Archives: HIPPY

HIPPY participants to gather for graduation ceremonies

HISD’s Elementary Curriculum and Development department will host an end-of-year ceremony on Saturday at BakerRipley Gulfton Sharpstown Community Center to honor 2018-2019 HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) graduates. 

More than 650 parents and children completed the program this year. The free, home-based program helps parents prepare their preschool child for academic success over 30 weeks. Parents are taught educational activities that they then repeat with their child throughout the week.  

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Register for HIPPY’s Back to School Festival on Aug. 5 

HISD’s Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) will hold its Back to School Festival from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5 at Kingdom Builders Center (6011 W. Orem, 77085).

Parents of children ages 0-11 or in grades pre-K through 5 are encouraged to attend. At the event, parents will be able to learn more about the HIPPY program, connect with HISD and community resources, receive free back-to-school supplies, and have the chance to win prizes. Lunch will be provided.

To register, go to or call 713-967-5298. The registration deadline is July 21.

HIPPY works with parents of 3- and 4-year-old children to help prepare their preschool child for academic success. Instructors visit parents in their homes for an hour a week in a 30-week period and cover early literacy skills, mathematics, science, fine and gross motor skills, and language development. Research shows that HISD kindergarten students whose parents have participated in the HIPPY program significantly outperform their peers in reading and math. Interested families can contact the HIPPY office at 713-967-5298.

HIPPY Fall Festival provides family fun, educational resources

HISD’s Family and Community Engagement Department hosted its Fall Festival for the community on Oct. 29 with a special focus on early childhood, bringing together all parents enrolled in the Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngster (HIPPY) program.

More than 400 people attended the Fall Festival and enjoyed free games, arts and crafts, food, and educational resources. Parents also had access to numerous free resources offered by community partners and organizations to help guide families in various areas.

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Family fun awaits at HIPPY Fall Festival 

HISD’s Family and Community Engagement Department invites you to join the Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters program this Saturday, Oct. 29 for a fun family affair during its Fall Festival.

Attendees will be able to enjoy games, arts and crafts, snacks, prizes, music, educational resources, and are encouraged to dress up in their favorite costume.

Parents will also have access to a wealth of information from various community partners, including access to signing up for Ready Rosie, HISD’s newest partnership offering a free resource for parents of children 0-6 years old. Additional community resources, from early childhood information to other social services organization, will be available.

Location: Parking lot of Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church (2201 Tuam Ave., 77004)

Date: Saturday, Oct. 29

Time: 8 a.m. – noon.

Everyone is welcome, so come out and bring your family and friends.

Become a paid home instructor for our HIPPY program 

The 2016-2017 school year is around the corner, and HISD’s Family and Community Engagement department is hiring parent tutors for their Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) program.

HIPPY parent tutors work on a part-time basis requiring a commitment of 30 hours a week. The position pays $10 an hour, plus benefits and provides training and ongoing support. Working with HISD as a HIPPY home instructors can provide you with other benefits such as:  Continue reading

2015-2016 HIPPY participants gather for graduation ceremonies

HISD’s Family and Community Engagement department on Tuesday hosted an end-of-year ceremony at Chavez High School to honor 2015-2016 HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) graduates.

More than 500 parents and children completed the program this year. FACE held two additional end-of-year gatherings at Fondren Middle School on May 16 and Sam Houston MSTC on May 18. Together, those gatherings honored another 1,281 participants.

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HIPPY program empowering parents to become their child’s first teacher

This school year, nearly 600 families across the Houston area began receiving free lessons in their homes to prepare their children to succeed in HISD schools, before they ever set foot in a classroom.

Parents began participating in the Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) program, which models simple educational activities for parents to practice with their three-, four-, and five-year-old children.

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‘Week of the Young Child’ addresses the needs of our littlest learners


The week of April 10-16 is the Week of the Young Child, an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) to put a public spotlight on the needs of young children and address those needs through early childhood programs and services.

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HISD recognized at Houston Hispanic Forum’s 30th annual Career and Education Day

Thousands of students from across the Houston area, including hundreds from HISD, attended the Houston Hispanic Forum’s massive College and Education Day on Feb. 13, 2016, at the Brown Convention Center.

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Up Close: See the latest videos from HISD Board President Rhonda Skillern-Jones

In the newest edition of Up Close, President Rhonda Skillern-Jones looks at HISD’s preschool program, how digital transformation is improving student learning, and the Pro Unitas Youth Council’s volunteer work at Kashmere High School.

Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY)

In this video about the HIPPY program, Skillern-Jones talks with members of HISD’s Family and Community Engagement department about how parents can help prepare their young children for the rigors of learning before they start school. Parents are provided simple educational activities that they can do with their children ages 3-5 at home. Members of the HIPPY work with parents in their home at no charge.

“We want to build the capacity of our parents as partners,” said Jorge Arrendondo, assistant superintendent of Family and Community Engagement. “We want to empower them to be their child’s first teacher at home.”

The benefit for children is a boost to their confidence, which affects their attitude and enhances their learning. Statistics confirm that students who have gone through the HIPPY program outperform their peers. More than 600 HISD families are receiving free lessons in their homes. To learn more, call 713-967-5298.

Digital Transformation in HISD

Skillern-Jones talks with HISD Secondary Director of Instructional Technology Angela Borzon, Westside High School Principal Peggi Stewart, and Sam Houston High School chemistry teacher Nichole DuPaul about HISD’s digital transformation in this video and how the growing variety of digital resources is increasing student achievement.

Pro Unitas Youth Council

In this video, Skillern-Jones visits with members of the Pro Unitas Youth Council, which serves the Kashmere High School neighborhood. The young people serving on the organization’s Executive Youth Council discuss the importance of living a life of service.

HISD Up Close and the HISD Board of Education meetings are broadcast on HCC TV and HoustonTV.