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Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters – known as HIPPY – partners with parents to prepare their children for success in school, particularly those most at risk because of poverty, limited education and English proficiency. HIPPY is an evidenced-based family support model that works directly with parents in their homes to give them books, activities and skills needed for them to take responsibility for preparing their children for school. Peer parent educators deliver 30 weeks of high quality school readiness curriculum activities and books directly to parents, who then work each day with their own three, four and five year old children.
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. The HIPPY model provides very structured materials and support to help parents close the word gap. 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.
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.
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.
In a nationwide address, President Bill Clinton spoke passionately about the impact of Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (www.hippyusa.org), an evidence-based home visiting program. “Twenty years of research has shown how well this program works to impr...
To read the orignal New York Times article go here.To the Editor: Leroy Butler credits a parent support program with having saved his life. While many of his friends dropped out of school, a surprising number of them dying way too young, he says the program “Helped my mom ...
HIPPY Arkansas is a Partner at Festival at Clinton Presidential Center LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – April 28, 2016 – Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters USA (www.hippyusa.org) applauds its Arkansas-based programs in promoting the importance of summer learning, w...