Title I HIPPY Program
On the campus of Howard Academy Community Center, Room 4
306 NW 7th Ave
Ocala, FL 34475
Coordinator: Kim Gibas
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 Kim Gibas at 671-4171.
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.