A tutoring program that helps Australia’s disadvantaged children to start school on an equal footing with others will receive an extra $56 million in the country’s federal budget, benefiting an additional 3000 children. The Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters, commonly known as HIPPY, targets families in disadvantaged areas before the child begins grade one. Tutors visit the home each fortnight for two years to help the child with basic learning, including numbers, reading, phonics, and other preschool activities. Between visits by the tutor, parents work with their children using provided material. The program has been running in 50 disadvantaged areas and, with the extra money in the budget, will be extended to 50 more–this time with an emphasis on indigenous communities.
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