HIPPY cultivates learning and play with Children’s Reading Garden

HIPPY, Home Instructions for Parents of Preschool Youngsters, is starting a new program in Central focused on creating a safe, outdoor place for learning and play. The HIPPY Children’s Reading Garden will offer educational and fun activities for preschool and elementary aged children from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through July 28, 2017. Activities will be held in the exterior courtyard of in front of the Sara J. Harper Library located next to the Outhwaite Community Center on Quincy Avenue. Rainy day location will be the Louis Stokes Museum.

Dannette Davis, CMHA HIPPY coordinator, at the Children's Reading Garden.
Dannette Davis, CMHA HIPPY coordinator, at the Children’s Reading Garden.

During the March Promise Neighborhood March Advisory Council meeting, community members expressed a desire and need for more outdoor safe play spaces in the community. Promise Neighborhood early learning navigator Tatiana Wells took this feedback to Danette Davis, HIPPY coordinator, and the two organizations worked together to develop a place and program that would meet the needs expressed by community residents.

Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority police will patrol the area with a driven or stationed car, walking officer or even having the officers to volunteer to participate in the garden with children’s activities.

Parents are encouraged to attend the Children’s Reading Garden sessions with children, but it is not mandatory.

HIPPY is a parent involvement and school readiness program. The HIPPY program offers free home-based early childhood education for three, four and five-year-old children working with their parent(s) as their first teacher. HIPPY provides the parent with a set of developmentally appropriate materials, curriculum and books designed to strengthen their children’s cognitive skills, early literacy skills, social/emotional and physical development.

The Judge Sara J. Harper Library at Outhwaite Homes.
The Judge Sara J. Harper Library at Outhwaite Homes.

Programming for HIPPY has been available for Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) residents for more than 21 years. CMHA is the first housing authority nationwide that offers HIPPY programming as a part of the educational services for residents.

This program is available to the residents of CMHA’s Carver Park, King Kennedy and Outhwaite Estates. There is also open enrollment year round. Please call (216) 361-2367 extension 119 for questions or to enroll.