Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Texas HIPPY program coordinators would tell you that once you enter a family home, even though you may be there for educational purposes, all sorts of social, psychological and financial hardships are revealed, and program staff must be well versed in community resources and how to refer families to receive help. All of our programs have developed a strong network of partnerships that help families who are faced with a myriad of problems, including developmental disabilities in children; lack of basic resources such as utilities and food; and family crisis issues such as violence, depression and legal problems.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
There's a big push going on right now to try to convince the Administration to include pre-K in the new Blueprint for Education--the education reform initiative. It seems only logical to include pre-school in the education plans for our country. We know beyond a shadow of doubt that the "home" is the greatest influence on a child's educational success. The blueprint exhorts for such improvements as better teachers and leaders in schools, equity for all students, raising the bar and promoting innovation. These are all commendable and desirable - and yet they can only take students as far as parental support, knowledge and participation will allow. Most preschool education happens in the home, especially with Latino parents, who represent the most rapidly growing sector of the school population. Begin with parents and better student outcomes will follow.
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Tuesday, May 04, 2010
Now that I've had the first under my belt and understand the technology better I have a lot of ideas on how to make it interactive and more interesting. I'm looking forward to trying it again!
Monday, April 26, 2010
At the 2010 Southwest Cluster Conference I attended a workshop on non profits getting the most out of web 2.0, and heard some startling facts! Here at Texas HIPPY we're trying our best to get connected on the web...please join, promote, comment or view us online in whatever formats you use!
1. Since April 2009, Twitter has been receiving around 20 million unique visitors each month - so far I've only tweeted about 50 times, follow me
3. Close to 20 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, we haven't done this but just purchased a Flip Camera, which I saw demonstrated at the workshop, here, (bad video alert!). Prepare for some GOOD HIPPY videos in the future!
4. The average US internet user spends an estimated 68 hours a week online, both at home and at work. (this was the startling fact, I hope we still have time as a society to talk to our families, walk our dogs, tend our gardens and read to our children...)
5. Facebook has more than 400 million active users, with over half of them logging in daily!!!! We're working on our facebook presence, figuring out the different ways to use causes, fan pages, groups, company pages, etc. For now you can join the HIPPY Texas Group page on Facebook ~ we need a wonderful volunteer to help us work on our presence there!!!
6. I've also joined Linked In, a professional social networking platform, please join me there!
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
(pic below, Dallas home visitors preparing and role playing HIPPY curriculum, including Math activities (!), for the week.)
Friday, March 26, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Today I received a letter in the mail, my US Census form. It turns out the young children are the MOST UNDERCOUNTED group in the US Census. Because of that, HIPPY is partnering with the US Census to get the word out to families. According to a recent webinar I attended with the Center on Public Policy Priorities, for every 100 people not counted, a community may lose $1.2 million over 10 years. The reason behind this calculation is that opportunities for Federal funding is tied to population statistics. You can hear the whole webinar here: http://www.cppp.org/events/event_details.php?eid=239. What can you do? Everyone knows parents of young children, and knows how hectic their lives can be. You can be the friendly reminder to them to fill out their Census form, and to make sure their children are counted! If you work with parents of young children, please get Census information to them, help all Texas children be counted this year!
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Walk the Line - Se hace camino al andar
Originally uploaded by carladallas ~ ready for some Argentina pics?
Now I feel like the farmer...I've put the seeds in, and am prayin' for rain...
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
computer courses online, computer training, correspondence course
Originally uploaded by computrainuk
My first experience at doing an online workshop will be on January 29th, 12-1pm. Cool! I'll present an overview of the HIPPY model, and share with other parent educators some HIPPY strategies that I think they could adapt to their programs. This is being organized for the Texas Association of Parent Educators (TAPE) through the Collin Community College.
I've attended a few online presentations and hope that I can keep mine interesting, useful and interactive. Join in if you can, if not, spread the word!
Tuesday, January 05, 2010
Can we put to rest the question whether preschool education is necessary? "One of the challenges for policy makers is sorting through the evidence..." says Steve Barnett, of Rutgers University, in a video interview on the Teachers College Record. His recent statistical summary of the impact of early childhood education reviewed over 120 studies over several decades and demonstrated that us that preschool has impact on cognitive, social/emotional development and schooling outcomes. The immediate impact of preschool is that it closes 70% of the achievement gap! What matters? The design must include intentional teaching and individualization - these increase effect size. HIPPY does this by providing parents with a well laid plan of activities over the course of 30 weeks, and teaches them how to adapt to their child's particular learning styles and needs.
Watch the full interview here: