Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY)

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About This Program

Target Population: Parents who have young children and have limited formal education and resources

For children/adolescents ages: 3 – 5

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 3 – 5

Brief Description

HIPPY is a home-based and parent-involved school readiness program that helps parents prepare their children ages three to five years old for success in school and beyond. The parent is provided with a set of carefully developed curriculum, books, and materials designed to strengthen their child’s cognitive and early literacy skills, as well as their social, emotional, and physical development.

The HIPPY Curriculum contains 30 weekly activity packets, a set of storybooks, and a set of 20 manipulative shapes for each year. In addition to these basic materials, supplies such as scissors and crayons are provided for each participating family. The program uses trained coordinators and community-based home visitors who go into the home. These coordinators and home visitors role-play the activities with the parents and support each family throughout its participation in the program.

HIPPY believes that parents play a critical role in their children’s education. The HIPPY program seeks to support parents who may not feel sufficiently confident to prepare their children for school, and is designed to remove barriers to participation in education.

Program Goals:

The primary goal of the Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) program is:

  • Partnering with parents to prepare their children for school success

Contact Information

Donna Kirkwood
Agency/Affiliation: HIPPY USA
Website: www.hippyusa.org
Phone: (501) 537-7727
Fax: (501) 537-7716

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: June 2016

Last CEBC Contact Date: March 2018

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: July 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: April 2008