HIPPY 25th Anniversary Celebration!
NCJW members are invited to join us at the Dallas Zoo on Friday, March 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., along with the Dallas, Irving and Richardson Independent School Districts’ HIPPY families, as we celebrate HIPPY’s 25th Anniversary.
The Home Instruction Program for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) is an evidence-based international early childhood education program that teaches at-risk families how to prepare their 3-, 4-, and 5-year-old children for success in school.
In 1988, the program initially served 17 DISD families living in West Dallas, but grew quickly as NCJW advocated expanding HIPPY to other districts. Richardson ISD adopted the program in 1998 and Irving ISD, in 1999. More than 15,000 Dallas-area families have benefitted from it.
A recent evaluation completed by the University of North Texas and University of Texas at Arlington found that approximately 87% of the children who completed HIPPY were “Ready for School” and parents fully understood the importance of their involvement. NCJW is a big part of this success.
Over the years, we have provided volunteers, funding and advocacy. Today we offer educational and cultural enrichment, incentives for Parent Group Meetings, backpacks for children who complete the program, and funding for End-of-Year Celebrations.
We will recognize HIPPY’s accomplishments and honor the cooperation between the school districts and NCJW, at the 25th Anniversary Celebration at the Dallas Zoo. We anticipate 2,000 HIPPY families will attend! Volunteers are needed!
To volunteer, contact the NCJW office (214-368-4405).