Burkburnett ISD Innovates Pre-K Through HIPPY Program
Burkburnett ISD is working to get young children prepared for Kindergarten by innovating a new program with ReadyRosie.
Burkburnett ISD has partnered with ReadyRosie to get high quality Pre-K directly into the hands of parents and caregivers of 0-5-year-olds throughout the community. Every parent and caregiver of a 0-5-year-old within the Burkburnett ISD service area can sign-up for free daily videos, delivered directly to their email, which model everyday activities parents and caregivers can do with their child.
The videos are available in English and Spanish and are designed to equip parents and caregivers to better prepare children for Kindergarten. The videos can be viewed from a smart phone, tablet, or any other computer device connected to the internet.
Superintendent Danny Taylor states that too many of our community's children are entering Kindergarten already behind. However, due to a generous multi-year grant from the Priddy Foundation, the district will now be able to address the challenge by implementing the Ready Rosie program and empowering parents to prepare their children with an academically strong resource to help ensure that they are prepared for success in future school years. The new tool will assist the district overcome the two biggest challenges to training parents, time and transportation.
The partnership with ReadyRosie builds upon several existing Burkburnett ISD initiatives aimed at school readiness and parent engagement.
The HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) Program through BISD is already partnering with Pre-K teachers and parents in BISD. Currently, through the HIPPY grant, the district is able to serve 90 families through the HIPPY Home Visiting program. The research has proven how crucial these early years are in cognitive development. HIPPY Coordinator Deb Cornelius states that she is thrilled for the district to offer the ReadyRosie activities for parents in the entire district, it can make such a profound positive difference in these children's academic success. A love of learning should begin in the home. Cornelius also states that the ReadyRosie and HIPPY learning outcomes are aligned with state and national learning objectives.
Using the power of mobile technology to connect with the families of 0-5-year-olds, Burkburnett ISD is unlocking the potential of its youngest citizens by unlocking the potential of their parents or caregivers.