Local agencies urge Texomans to attend Early Childhood Fair

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Amanda Alpers, Coordinator of the Wichita Falls Area Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters, first got involved as a parent herself five years ago. 

“I enjoyed having this curriculum that was prepared to get my child ready for school,” Alpers said.

And this gave her comfort.

“The Math lessons and the Science lessons are more advanced than what I was teaching my child and so just have somebody work with me and help my child,” Alpers said.

So she is excited to share the success and benefits to expecting moms, first-time moms and other caregivers at this year’s Early Childhood Fair.

“Beyond helping the parents get their child ready for kindergarten we have reports of children being included in gifted and talented programs, that the parents were just amazed,” Alpers said.

In addition to HIPPY, parents should expect more than a dozen agencies at the fair, such as Workforce Solutions Childcare that offers reduced daycare rates for low-income families.

“Financial assistance for childcare is critical,” Workforce Solutions Childcare Program Director Leslee Escobedo said. “I used this program as a young parent and I wouldn’t have been able to graduate college without it.”

The program offers financial assistance to eligible parents within their 11 county range.

“It’s such a benefit for parents, the cost of childcare is very high and it is a huge barrier especially for those who are just trying to become self-sufficient,” Escobedo said.

Both Alpers and Escobedo are hoping that through their stories other parents can reap the benefits of these agencies.

Both agencies will be at the fair along with Early Head Start, Parents as Teachers, Dads 24/7 and more.

The fair is free and open to the community.

For more details on the fair, follow this link.

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