Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) USA serves 15,000 children annually distributing more than 132,000 books and 450,000 weekly school readiness activity packets annually. HIPPY programs serve families from diverse ethnic and geographic groups across the country, particularly those most at risk because of poverty, parents’ limited education or social isolation. Research from twenty years demonstrates the benefits of the HIPPY program.
1) Studies conducted in the United States and eight countries have shown the model to be effective in improving school readiness, parent involvement, school attendance, classroom behavior and standardized test scores and academic performance by children participating in HIPPY.
2) Kindergarten children from TANF eligible families who participate in HIPPY score higher on letter and sound fluency assessments than other children on free and reduced lunch.
3) Children participating in HIPPY have demonstrated statistically significant higher achievement scores in reading, math and social studies in third, fifth and sixth grades based on multiple measures used in Arkansas, Texas, Florida and Colorado.
4) 96% of parents participating in the HIPPY program report spending more time reading to their children; teaching them letters, words and numbers; visiting the library and monitoring their child’s TV use.
5) 90% of HIPPY parents credit the program with motivating them to check that their school-age children have completed their home work.
6) Studies with Latino parents indicated statistically significantly more cognitively stimulating home environments and parent involvement those not participating in HIPPY.
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The HIPPY program has been successfully replicated for more than 25 years in the United States. The model was developed in Israel in 1969 as a research and demonstration project at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
HIPPY was brought to the United States in 1984 by the National Conference of Jewish Women in response to the need for quality, effective early education and family support models. In 1986, then governor and first lady of Arkansas, Bill and Hillary Clinton brought HIPPY to their home state, where it remains a viable state program today. In addition to 22 states in the United States, the model has also been replicated in more than a dozen countries worldwide. In the past few years, the governments of New Zealand and Australia have funded major expansions of the HIPPY model based the research studies showing positive parent and child outcomes.