Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters
Welcome to the HIPPY Website of the Elmore County Public School System. My name is Maryann Forelle, and it is my pleasure to serve as your HIPPY coordinator. My job is to help the families of preschoolers in Elmore County prepare their children for kindergarten.
A parent who voluntarily joins the FREE program agrees to work with his or her child for 15 minutes a day in their own home. Families are provided with a curriculum and all needed supplies, along with training on how to effectively teach his or her child. Additionally, monthly meetings are held which provide free childcare, a meal, and useful information on parenting, budgeting, cooking, etc.
As a mother myself, I understand well the challenges facing parents as they try to juggle the many demands placed upon them. Trying to find the time to spend individually with children in an effort to prepare them for school, in addition to spending time offering love and support, is difficult. HIPPY offers parents and children the opportunity to do both.