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Judy Center Program

School Readiness

The Judy Center at Snow Hill Elementary School has been established by Worcester County Public Schools as a school-linked center to assure school readiness for all Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students. Our goal is to enhance existing early childhood education services in Snow Hill by creating a network of education, health, and social services.

Families in the Snow Hill area will have the opportunity to receive comprehensive, integrated full-day, year-round services that promote school readiness for children birth through age five. Through community collaboration, the Judy Center will ensure that all children enter school ready to learn and succeed.

According to the Maryland State Department of Education, Worcester County Public Schools is one of nine jurisdictions (out of 24) which has experienced a minimum of a 20-point improvement in the area of school readiness over the last six years. The average statewide gain over the same time period was 18 points.

School Readiness Services are as follows:

  • Child Development Programs for infants, toddlers, and Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students.
  • Family-centered case management to all enrolled families.
  • Parent education and family support services to all enrolled families.
  • Parent involvement/home visiting programs which include Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) for families with children ages 3 - 5.
  • Wrap around child care for working families with Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten aged children.

For more information about the Judy Center, please call 410-632-5224, or visit the Judy Center Web site.

HIPPY Program

Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) empowers parents of children ages 3 - 5 to be their child's first teacher.

What do parents receive from the program?

Parents receive a set of carefully developed materials, curriculum, and books designed to:

  • strengthen their child's thinking skills;
  • nurture reading readiness; and
  • enhance social and emotional development.

Parents also participate in networking opportunities with other parents through family group meetings.

How does HIPPY help children?

HIPPY helps to prepare children for school by teaching reading skills, problem-solving skills, and the ability to listen and follow instructions. HIPPY helps children to:

  • say their full name;
  • identify basic colors and shapes;
  • use a pencil to make letters and shapes;
  • recognize most letters and numbers;
  • sequence a story; and
  • use a book properly.

How much does HIPPY cost?

There is no cost for families to participate in HIPPY. Parents, however, are required to commit to taking 15 minutes each day to interact with their child, using HIPPY strategies and materials.

For more information about HIPPY, please call the Judy Center at 410-632-5224, or visit the Judy Center Web site's HIPPY section.