Dawson HIPPY Program

Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters HIPPY is a parent involvement program for 3,4 and some 5 year old children. HIPPY homebased educators meet with the parent or caregiver once a week, for 30 weeks, to role-play the age based curriculum with the adult in the home.

The parent then spends approximately 15 minutes each day going over the activites and storybook with the child. Monthly group meetings are also conducted.

Mission: Empowers the parents to become the child's first and most important teacher while helping prepare them for their educational success.

Operating as usual

Look at this sweet 2 year old completing her HIPPY lessons. We have available slots for those that would like to participate in this Early Childhood Program. We offer virtual and hybrid visits. HIPPY is always FREE to participating families. Bryant, Hot Springs and Grant Counties

Here are just a few of our fall leaves that our HIPPY children made after reading the book, " We're Going On A Leaf Hunt." I love them and thanks for sharing!

Dawson HIPPY Program's cover photo

I would say our 1st drive through group meeting was a huge success. The photographer needs some practice using her fancy camera though. We would love to hear your thoughts about the meeting. Please email pictures to: [email protected]
I would love to post them on our page.

Group Meeting tonight! Shae is reading, “ We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt.” HIPPY Families participating will each receive the book. Feel free to let your child read along with Shae.

We are getting excited for our HIPPY meetings this week!

HIPPY Families - the library is open by appointments this week.

Mark your calendars for what is happening #thisweek at your library!

Here are the virtual programs this week!
View a full calendar of events here: https://buff.ly/2RFC7im

[10/15/20]   *Reminder Fall Group Meeting*

Bryant - Monday October 19th - Drive thru between 5:30-6:30 - Behind the Bryant Pre-K building.

Poyen - Tuesday October 20th - Drive thru between 6:00-6:30
At the Poyen HIPPY Office.

We look forward to seeing everyone! Cindy, Erika, Amy and Shae!

Free Counseling for those affected by Covid 19.

Bryant Public Schools

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pre-kpages.com How young children develop hand dominance. Is it OK for kids to switch hands when coloring or writing? What should or can be done about it?

[08/13/20]   Bryant Jr. High School has milk for any family that wants or needs it. The milk was donated by the Arkansas Foodbank and has been frozen to preserve freshness. Just stop by the Jr. High this week to pick up the milk. Please help spread the word.

Welcome Back Erika and Amy! Erika has been a member of the HIPPY team in Bryant for 10 years and Amy 5 years! Thank you for your continued work and dedication to the families in our community. Please call or text for more information.
Erika Garcia - 501-860-2383
Amy Lambright - 672-9188

Shae Landon is our New HIPPY Home Visitor for the Bryant and Glen Rose School Districts. Give Shae a call at 501-249-2928 to learn more about our FREE early literacy program.

Prattsville, Poyen your on the list for free school supplies.

Serving Grant, Hot Springs and Saline Counties in Arkansas. 501-653-5611

Please call 501-653-5611 for information in Grant, Hot Springs and Saline Counties .

Dawson HIPPY covering Grant , Hot Springs and Saline Counties. 501-653-5611

Summer food schedule for Bryant Schools.


Central Arkansas Development Council

Emergency Food Distribution Event
10:00am -2:00pm
*Photo ID is required
*Must meet eligibility guidelines
*Boxes will be loaded in your trunk - 50 lbs of food and
household items in each Box

First come/ first serve

Benton - May 20th - Saline Co. Fairgrounds
Little Rock - May 21st - Barton Coliseum
Malvern -May 22nd - ASU Three Rivers

For more information visit; www.cadc.com

cadc.com Central Arkansas Development Council is a private non-profit Community Action Agency. CADC is a local force in the War on Poverty.

HIPPY Arkansas

Kindergarten registration will be here before we know it, this checklist will help parents have a better understanding of the skills and behaviors that will be observed during a kindergarten screening. https://bit.ly/2VqYrPN

We made our version of hopscotch. It doesn’t have to be perfect or traditional. Brenson did this over and over again and it even included parents and grandparents participation.

National Home Visiting Resource Center

“These unprecedented times call for new and creative ways to support young parents and children, and our hope is that these tips help parents feel less stressed while restoring some semblance of normalcy for their young families,” says Tammi Fleming, senior associate with Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Free lunches to those without jobs.

A good resource.

[04/06/20]   Parents please tune in to PBS ( channel 2) Monday -Friday from 8:00-9:00 am for Preschool Alternative Methods of Instruction or AMI lessons. This is a great resource to include with your daily HIPPY lessons. I encourage you to message pictures of your child completing their Hippy activities to our HIPPY page. I will post them throughout the week. Let’s continue to shelter in place and take our necessary precautions to keep this virus from spreading. Please contact your home visitor for any immediate needs. We are always here for you!

Bryant Public Schools

Kindergarten registration originally scheduled for April 1 & 2 has been postponed. We will announce an alternate date at a later time.

Bryant Public Schools

Bryant Schools will offer Grab-and-Go meals beginning again on Monday for any child up to age 18. Children do not have to attend Bryant Schools to participate. Children must, however, be present to receive the meal.

The following schools will serve Grab-and-Go meals:
Collegeville Elementary
Davis Elementary
Hill Farm Elementary
Hurricane Creek Elementary
Parkway Elementary
Salem Elementary
Bethel Middle School
Bryant High School

Meal Times
Breakfast: 7:30am-9:30am
Lunch: 11:00am-1:00pm

Alexander Community Center will also be open for Grab-and-Go during these dates and times.

[03/18/20]   Healing Waters
14032 Sardis Road
Shannon Hills

They have food boxes available to families in need.

[03/16/20]   Dear parents,
During this two week break from home visits, I would like to encourage every family to continue HIPPY activities with your child. This is the perfect time to review old lessons, read your HIPPY books along with other books you have. Ask questions about the books your reading. Have the child read the book back to you. Work on spelling and writing their name. Paint, color, count. Let them help you prepare meals. Turn off the TV and play games with your family. If you have dominos or cards, they can be used to to learn numbers and counting. Choose a letter a day and find those items around the house that begin with the letter. Talk about
the letter, sound the letter out, write the letter. Make play dough. Uses your scissors. Children need to be active as well. Get moving with your child. Review the gross motor activities you and your child did this year. Most of all, embrace these days home with your child. So much love and learning will take place. Please contact HIPPY at 501-653-5611 if you have any questions. We will keep you notified of HIPPY updates as they become available.

The Dawson HIPPY Program, Bryant and Poyen will be closed until March 30th. The field trip March 18th has also been cancelled. Be diligent with hand washing and stay home if you or your family members get sick. Let’s all do our part to stop the spread of the Coronavirus in our communities.

HIPPY ( Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) is in Poyen today if you would like to stop by and fill out an application for the 2020-2021 program year. HIPPY is always free!

[03/02/20]   Poyen HIPPY Program - I will be at the HIPPY office March 5th from 9:00-3:45 and the Malvern Library from 5:00-6:00 p.m.

9:00 - Year 1
10:00 - Little Learners
11:15 - Year 2
2:00 - Year 2
5:00 - Malvern Library -

If the above time does not fit your schedule, please call Cindy at 501-653-5611

[02/26/20]   Job opening for the Poyen HIPPY Program. Contact Cindy Rowlan for more information. 501-653-5611 [email protected]

Feltz Chiropractic - Dr. Kayla Feltz

Tonight we’re talking about GRAPES! 🍇It’s a well known fact that whole grapes are a dangerous choking hazard for babies, toddlers and young children!

The size and shape of grapes means that they can completely plug a child's airway. The tight seal produced by the grape's smooth surface makes them difficult to dislodge with standard first aid techniques.

Young children are particularly vulnerable to choking on a grape because:
• They don't have a full set of teeth and are still learning to chew properly.
• Their swallow reflex is still developing.
• Their airway is very small.

This handy image shows just how to slice them so that they are safe to eat - slice in half lengthways and ideally into quarters. NEVER in half widthways!

Same goes for olives, cherry tomatoes and large blueberries! Please help us raise awareness 💚

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