Early Education Program for Preschool Children

Dothan City Schools are joining forces with the Alfred Saliba Family Services Center to offer a tool to parents.

The program is geared toward preschool children ages 2 to 4 years old.

The free program helps prepare children for kindergarten so they do better in school. It is also proven to help curb discipline problems early on.

Program Coordinator Brenda Sikes says, "So many children aren't prepared for kindergarten and so [there are more] discipline problems, [and the] success rate goes down and HIPPY will make a difference."

The new program called HIPPY or Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters, takes just 15 minutes a day of undivided one-on-one attention and teaches children basic skills they need to succeed in kindergarten.

"Since parents don't have to know about [how] to teach their children at home, we have a step by step program so they can teach children the basics," said Clarissa Horn.

The program is in place in 19 other areas in Alabama and has been proven to make a difference in children's achievement levels.

"Research shows parents involvement in education determines their success in education and life," said Sikes.

The program is free and is available to parents with children ages 2 to 4 in the Dothan City School system.

There is going to be an open house at the Alfred Saliba Family Services Center November 17th from 4 until 6PM. It's for parents of preschoolers who want to learn more about how the program works and what it entails.

For more information, or to sign up for the program, you can contact the Alfred Saliba Family Services Center at 712-1542.

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