Clayton Early Learning Staffer Appointed to HIPPY USA Board of Trustees

DENVER - Jan. 14 - Continuing to expand its influence as a leader in early childhood education, research and training, Clayton Early Learning is pleased to announce that family and community services team lead Michelle Mackin Brown was recently selected to serve a two-year term on the Board of Trustees for Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters - HIPPY USA.

Mackin Brown was appointed by HIPPY trainers and state leaders from across the country to fill the position of field representative. In that role, Mackin Brown offers a voice for those working in home-based services in the early childhood education field.

"I'm excited to be a part of sharing that voice of the field with the board," Mackin Brown said. "I know that HIPPY has had positive results for many, many people and I know the organization is working on expanding to other programs. I look forward to helping them understand what sites need and also helping those sites seek out additional support."

HIPPY USA focuses on family literacy, school readiness and parent involvement and helps parents prepare their preschool children to succeed in school. It serves thousands of families across more than 21 states.

Mackin Brown is already off to a running start. Having surveyed all 176 HIPPY sites and state offices to gather feedback she presented the board with a detailed report, about which she received much praise from fellow members.

Clayton Early Learning was one of the earliest adopters of research-based home visits in Colorado and uses the HIPPY USA model for preschool home visitation services. All Clayton families receive home visits two-to-six times a year, but those who participate in the home-based program receive a 90-minute visit from Clayton staff weekly to develop a plan for parents to support their child's development with individualized curriculum.

Mackin Brown has extensive experience with HIPPY. A former preschool teacher, she became involved with HIPPY 16 years ago when her son was 3 years old and his school district was looking for parents and others in the community to get involved. Mackin Brown went on to be an AmeriCorps member and program coordinator and became a national trainer for HIPPY in 2001. In January 2011, she joined the team at Clayton.

At Clayton Early Learning, Mackin Brown oversees all home-based services and community contract partners and sites. When HIPPY felt a need to revise its curriculum, Clayton won a bid for the project. Working with Jan Hommes, who oversees the professional development of Clayton staff, Mackin Brown revised the national curriculum in 2011.

"The HIPPY USA curriculum Michelle and Jan developed has received excellent feedback as it's been rolled out across the country," said Clayton President and CEO Charlotte Brantley. "Michelle's knowledge of and passion for home-based programs is evident and she is an incredibly valuable asset to Clayton Early Learning. We are excited to have Michelle bring her insight to the HIPPY board."

Michelle Mackin Brown can be reached at mmackin-brown @ claytonearlylearning.org. Clayton Early Learning President and Chief Executive Officer Charlotte Brantley can be reached at 303.398.8578 or cbrantley @ claytonearlylearning.org.

About Clayton Early Learning
Clayton Early Learning, a 501(c)(3), is Colorado's leading catalyst in providing early care and education to ensure optimal development for all children, especially those of limited opportunities. We harness the synergy of four dynamic initiatives - classroom and family-centered practices in our schools, research and program evaluation, professional development of teachers and leaders and effective policy advocacy - to spark improved early care and education approaches statewide in collaboration with other public and private entities.

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