Ready to become your child’s first teacher? Need help knowing where to start, what to teach and how to teach it? 

The Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters, also known as HIPPY, equips parents with resources to teach their child literacy, math, science, motor skills and language development. HIPPY even has instructors work with parents every week to role-play best teaching strategies. And all of this is within the comfort of the parent’s home. 

Sound good? Here’s more: HIPPY is a FREE program for children ages 3 to 5 who live in Irving, and participants are invited to yearly field trips at the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Arboretum and the Perot Museum. And once HIPPY students graduate high school, they have the opportunity to receive college scholarships.  

Claudia Marquez, HIPPY coordinator, believes this program is exactly what’s needed for our families and community. 

“I love the fact that HIPPY serves as the anchor between the community and Irving ISD,” she says. “We equip parents with skills to teach their children and help parents become more involved in the district, regardless of their educational background or language. Learning begins at home, and HIPPY helps make that happen. Parents are their child’s first and most important teacher.”

Families can learn more about the program at Go Irving! on Saturday, November 9, from 9 a.m. to noon at Singley Academy, or by visiting

Don’t miss out on starting your child’s education early.