Title I HIPPY Program

    On the campus of Howard Academy Community Center, Rooms 01-015 & 01-016

    306 NW 7th Ave

    Ocala, FL 34475

    Coordinator: Beth Abel

    Telephone: 352.236.0500

    Assistant Coordinator: Iris Starkes-Butler

    Telephone: 352.671.4171


    Is your 3, 4, or 5 year old child ready to start school?



    The Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY)  is a parent involvement and school readiness program. HIPPY offers free home-based early childhood education for three, four and five year old children working with their parent(s) as their first teacher. The parent is provided with a set of developmentally appropriate materials, curriculum and books designed to strengthen their children's cognitive skills, early literacy skills, social/emotional and physical development.



    If you would like more information about the Title One HIPPY program please contact Beth Abel at 352-236-0500.

    HIPPY read

    Love to read!


    What can you and your child do every day this year that will help him/her be ready for school? Read! In addition to expanding your child's vocabulary and increasing his/her knowledge, it's an activity he/she can enjoy throughout life. Here are some ways to encourage reading.


    Create a reading-friendly home

    Keep something to read in every room. You might put a basket of your youngster's favorite stories under a living room table, a box of magazines in the bathroom, and a stack of cookbooks on a kitchen counter. Everywhere your child goes, he/she will be able to pick up something to read.


    Be a reading family

    Regular reading at home will help your child read school materials (hand-outs, textbooks) more easily. Set aside time each day to read to your youngster and for him to read on his own. Also, listen to him read to you, and let him see you reading. Make sure family members have library cards - and take regular trips to get new books.


    Match books to your child

    Familiar topics and likeable characters can motivate your youngster to read. Ask a librarian or bookseller for suggestions.