"Education then, beyond all other devices of human origin,
is a great equalizer of the conditions of men --
the balance wheel of the
Horace Mann, pioneering American educator, 1848
Equity and Inclusion
The words of Horace Mann ring true in the work that HIPPY USA has shared with hundreds of thousands of families since its implementation in the United States over 30 years ago.
We know that these early learning years are crucial for every child's cognitive and social-emotional growth. That's where HIPPY fills the gap for children often in marginalized communities, more than often, those of color. Giving young learners complimentary access to high-quality preschool education helps level the playing field and sets them on a path to reach their fullest potential. As America undergoes reformation with a new Civil Rights Movement, HIPPY USA will continue to champion this cause and promote its roots: the push for equity and inclusion.
We launched this expanding digital library to provide action items, education, and conversation-starters that hopefully will foment collective change and engagement designed to treat people better and consider the livelihoods of the generations we are now educating. We hope that the following links, with more to come, are insightful and provide you context and clarity to this movement and its impact.
June 19, 2020
Happy Juneteenth Celebration!
Is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union Soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and the enslaved were now free. Note that this two and a half years later after President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union Troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April 1865, and the arrival of General Granger's regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and over the resistance. The holiday received its name by combining June and 19. The day is also sometimes called “Juneteenth Independence Day,” “Freedom Day” or “Emancipation Day.”