HIPPY Has Been Supporting Families for 25 Years
What if every child started school ready to learn? What if the achievement gap was closed by kindergarten and every first grader had the skills, knowledge and love of learning that leads to success in school?
HIPPY is an evidenced-based early learning program designed to close that gap by supporting parents in their critical role as their children’s first and most influential teachers.
In the HIPPY model home visitors deliver high quality school readiness curriculum 30 weeks a year directly to parents who then work with their own three, four, and five year-old children. Using the HIPPY books and curriculum packets, parents spend one-on-one time each day reading books with their children and teaching them school readiness skills.
HIPPY home visitors help parents develop the skills and confidence to prepare their children for school. By bringing the program to parents in their homes, HIPPY removes any barriers to participation, including limited financial resources, lack of education, language issues or social isolation.
Home visitors are often parents in the program who learn how to share what they’ve learned with other parents in their community. As such, they also share the language, culture and life experiences of the families they serve. As parents gain confidence in their abilities to educate their children, they become interested in pursuing their own educations.