Spotlight on Positive Parenting
Austin, Texas, HIPPY doesn't refer to a long-haired beatnik
from the 60s - it stands for Home Instruction Program for
Pre-school Youngsters and it's a big hit with 130 mostly Hispanic
families with young children ages 3, 4 and 5.
parent leaders who are peer-mentors from the community each
carry a caseload of 15-20 families that they meet with weekly.
The leaders bring books and activity packets to each family
that address age-specific readiness tasks for parents to work
on with their children.
may be referred by teachers, counselors or school social workers
or they may hear about the program from a neighbor and self-select.
program, which has been active as a part of Communities in
Schools - Central Texas since 1991, added a parent group training
to its services in 2000. The training delivered is Strengthening
Multi-Ethnic Families and Communities. It is primarily a violence-prevention
program with a heavy emphasis on parenting skills. The program
is delivered during school hours and supervised activities
are provided for younger siblings.
of the HIPPY graduates are now parent leaders, others are
community leaders and are active in a variety of projects.
goal of Communities in Schools is to keep kids in school.
Program leaders believe HIPPY helps by preparing kids and
parents for success in school which leads to staying in school.
further information about the HIPPY Program in Austin, contact:
Martha Gilbreath, Program Director
further information about HIPPY, which was developed at Hebrew
University for use in Jerusalem, see www.c3pg.com.
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