Frances Guzman

Supporting Parents of Preschoolers – Podcast Episode 73 | Classnotes Podcast 73

Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed.Classnotes Podcast (May 25, 2010) Children begin learning at birth, and all children, regardless of income, ethnicity or parent education, need effective early learning experiences. The Texas IDRA PIRC is proud to be working with HIPPY in Texas to support families and their children’s learning. HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) is a three-year (90-week) parent involvement and school readiness program in which learning and play go hand-in-hand. It helps parents encourage their children to recognize shapes and colors, tell stories, follow directions, solve logical problems and acquire other school readiness skills.

Frances Guzmán, M.Ed., an IDRA education associate, describes how HIPPY prepares young children for the classroom and strengthens connections between parents and their children’s school.

Frances is interviewed by Aurelio Montemayor, M.Ed., director of the IDRA Texas Parent Information and Resource Center.

Show length: 15:18

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Show Notes

  • Frances offers an overview of HIPPY, and the teaching and learning advantages that the program offers young families.

  • Frances shares the results of preschoolers who have completed the HIPPY instruction.

  • Frances explains how HIPPY helps parents become "active partners" in the child's education, reflecting a tenet of the IDRA Parent Leadership Model: that parents are the first and most important teachers of their children.

  • Aurelio asks Frances why schools should invest in the HIPPY program, and about options for partnering with other community groups and local businesses.

  • Frances discusses how IDRA's Texas PIRC is involved with HIPPY as part of its mandate to support early childhood education.