"I would like to see the number of HIPPY programs grow..." - Hillary Rodham Clinton

Celebrating 25 Years of Empowering Families!

HIPPY supporters, home visitors and early education leaders gathered in Washington, DC on its 25th anniversary to reflect and energize for future growth as they heard from an early advocate: Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Secretary Clinton and then-Governor Bill Clinton brougth HIPPY to Arkansas, which now has the largest statewide network in the country.

The Avima D. Lombard Award honors a HIPPY staff person at a local, state, or national program office in the United States whose professional services have made a significant contribution to HIPPY and to improving the lives of young children and their families. The Award was presented at the HIPPY USA National Conference. The 2014 recipient, Judy Gibson, has been with HIPPY for 25 years and is the program coordinator for the Southeast Arkansas Education Cooperative in Monticello, Arkansas.

View Hillary Clinton's entire message here.
View our event photos
View our additional media coverage by selecting the links below:
    - ABC
    - Daily Beast
    - US News

For more information about the Avima D. Lombard Award, the HIPPY USA 2014 National Conference or our programs, please contact the National Office.


Educating Children. Engaging Families. Enriching Communities.


The achievement gap appears well before children enter kindergarten. Children who begin school having missed critical early learning opportunities are already at risk for failure in school.

Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY), an evidenced-based early learning program, addresses these issues by supporting parents in their critical role as their child’s first and most influential teachers. In the HIPPY model,  peer home visitors deliver 30 weeks of high quality school readiness curriculum directly to parents who then work with their own three, four, and five year-old children. Using the HIPPY books and curriculum, parents spend one-on-one time each day reading books with their children and teaching them school readiness skills.

HIPPY helps parents empower themselves as their children's first teacher by giving them the tools, skills and confidence they need to work with their children in the home. The program was designed to bring families, organizations and communities together and remove any barriers to participation that may include limited financial resources or lack of education. 

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HIPPY is an Approved Model for Federal Home Visiting

Based on our program research, HIPPY was named one of seven home visiting models that meets the evidence-based criteria of the Maternal, Infant, Early Childhood Home Visiting program (MIECHV). Because of the positive outcomes of our research, HIPPY is uniquely positioned to help states and communities meet their goals of increasing school readiness among vulnerable populations. For more information, please go here.

For resources to help with your state's home visiting plan, click here.



The MIECHV program is designed to strengthen and improve programs and coordination of services for at-risk communities and to improve outcomes for those families. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) see home visiting as one of several strategies embedded in a quality early childhood system that promotes maternal, infant and early childhood health, safety and development, as well as strong parent-child relationships.


HIPPY has a long and remarkable history of successful adaptation to varying locations, participants, and learning styles. We continue to serve an increasing need for family-centered human development, supplying parents with critical child development information and continued support in translating that knowledge into successful parenting techniques. HIPPY ensures that every child is given the opportunity for early learning success in school and beyond. 

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