More than half the money Dallas schools spend on an early childhood education program called HIPPY is under the ax for possible federal budget cuts.

HIPPY stands for Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters.

Parent Vanessa Bahena participated in HIPPY during the last school year with her 4-year-old son, Adrian.

“It’s wonderful, it’s great,” she said. “It would be horrible taking this education from the children.”