Friday, April 19, 2013

One Star Foundation Monitoring Visit

Richardson HIPPYCorps in the (school) house!

Last week we hosted our program officers from the Texas OneStar Foundation for three days while they conducted a monitoring visit on Texas HIPPYCorps. In those three short days they visited two of our program sites, interviewed 3 coordinators and many home visitors and saw several home visits. And there's MORE, they also had a chance to meet 7 UNT staff members who are intimately involved in contracts, financial management and accounting for our grant here at UNT. PLUS, they spent quite a bit of time with the Texas HIPPY program staff. A whirlwind of HIPPY!!!! I would like to take the time to thank Houston, Irving, Richardson and Dallas HIPPYCorps programs for your flexibility and responsiveness while we scheduled all this! Our guests were so happy to be able to see where the HIPPY magic happens, and to have a chance to see home visits and members in action! 

And now back to our regularly scheduled programming....

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Brianna's list, Dallas HIPPY

Brianna asked her mom to write "Angel" and then she added her own list of words she knows. Reading together, making lists, counting -- these are the things our HIPPY parents do with their children every day. And, these activities are what ensures that students are ready for success in school. 

Recently the Office of the President unveiled their Birth Through Kindergarten Plan, called "Early Education for All Americans".  It includes home visiting!  In his State of the Union Address, on February 12, 2013, the President shared "In states that make it a priority to educate our youngest children…studies show students grow up more likely to read and do math at grade level, graduate high school, hold a job, form more stable families of their own.  We know this works.  So let’s do what works and make sure none of our children start the race of life already behind.”

So proud of the hard work our coordinators, home visitors, and parents do to make sure that every child we work with is on the right track on the race of life!