Family Matters: Education in the Home Boosted with Partnership

Educated households equate to stronger families and communities, which is what led the University of Arkansas System eVersity to a group of administrators trying to impact more than 5,000 families in the state.

The Arkansas Home Visiting Network, an off-campus department of Arkansas Children’s Hospital that promotes home visiting services to Arkansas families during pregnancy and young children, understood the benefits that the state’s only 100 percent-online university can offer.

“We’re building stronger families and brighter futures every day,” said Kathy Pillow-Price, Ed.D, director of the Arkansas Home Visiting Network. “We work with evidence-based home visiting models to help parents through home visits. Any assistance we can provide to make that a stronger home, including providing information about educational opportunities, is ultimately part of the overall puzzle of ensuring a bright future for families.”

Michael Moore, Ph.D., chief academic/operating officer at eVersity, was invited to speak to a group of administrators for the Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) program last fall. HIPPY, a subsidiary of the Arkansas Home Visiting Network, works with families to ensure preschoolers’ school readiness.

“We impact around 5,000 families through our program each year,” said Tyra Greenwood, state manager of the HIPPY program. “I see this new resource, eVersity, as a way to help promote education in the homes we reach. It’s never been easier or more affordable for busy parents to set an example for their children and earn a degree online.”

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