HIPPY educates a child's first teacher. Their parent.

Day of Giving just around the corner

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Day of Giving happens this Thursday, April 6. It’s when the Arkansas Community Foundation will facilitate 12 hours of online giving to over 900 nonprofits in our state.

The fundraising goal? $5 million.

Every click of the mouse of $25 or more will do so much. Here's an example: It will allow Hope to make a house call.

This is how most HIPPY visits begin, with a warm “good morning.”

This child and mother welcome a home visitor who has become like a member of the family. Audrey plays, while Verlean and the mother, Kerri, go over lesson plans from HIPPY, also known as Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters.

“They teach the parents how to become their child's first and best teacher,” said Executive Director Stacy Croom-Raley.

Preschoolers get fun, educational activities, all taught by parents.

“This past week,” explained Kerri, “we had a water activity where we filled up a pan with soap. It wasn't something that I would've just naturally done on my own, and Audrey just loved it and played with it for about hour.”

Ingredients in any good HIPPY lesson include creativity, energy, and reassurance.

“I always find it valuable to have someone else to come in and kind of make sure we're on the right track.”

The home visitor role plays with the parent. Parent interacts with kid. Parent gets involved. This is what the kid gets excited and enthusiastic about learning.

“There were over 100 thousand home visits last year,” said Croom-Raley. “What we have is the best kept secret, and we don't want to be the best kept secret anymore.”

HIPPY came to Arkansas in 1986, and over the years they have also been able to help parents in need and get resources not readily available.

They are just another example of how the Day of Giving helps insure years of learning. 

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