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HIPPY USA Honored to Be Included in The White House’s ‘Bright Spots in Hispanic Education National Online Catalog’

National Recognition Follows Research into Effectiveness of HIPPY’s Home Visiting Model with Hispanic Families

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Sept. 25, 2015– The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics has included Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters in the launch of its “Bright Spots in Hispanic Education National Online Catalog.” HIPPY USA, an evidence-based program, supports parents in their critical role as their child’s first and most important teacher. HIPPY home visitors deliver 30 weeks of high-quality school readiness curriculum activities and books to parents who qualify based on income requirements. The parents then work each day on the lessons with their 3-to-5-year-old children.

One of HIPPY’s primary goals is to prepare children for long-term school success beginning in kindergarten. Supporting English language learners and Spanish speaking families in the U.S. has been a longstanding program aim.

HIPPY home visitors share the language, culture and life experiences of the families they serve and are frequently parents who participated in the HIPPY program with their own children.

Approximately one third of the 15,000 families served by HIPPY use the Spanish language version of the curriculum delivered by native Spanish-speaking home visitors. Providing home-based parent education resources and training addresses common language, cultural and financial barriers that may prevent low-income Hispanic families from accessing quality preschool programs.

The HIPPY National Research & Evaluation Center has reported on peer reviewed research indicating Hispanic children who participated in the HIPPY program with their parents demonstrated greater school readiness and classroom adaptability in kindergarten and higher scores on standardized math tests.

The White House Initiative seeks to leverage Bright Spots such as HIPPY to encourage collaboration between stakeholders focused on similar issues in sharing data-driven approaches, promising practices, peer advice, and effective partnerships, ultimately resulting in increased support for the educational attainment of the Hispanic community, from cradle-to-career.

“There has been notable progress in Hispanic educational achievement, and it is due to the efforts of these Bright Spots in Hispanic Education, programs and organizations working throughout the country to help Hispanic students reach their full potential,” says Alejandra Ceja, executive director of the Initiative. “Today, nearly one in four students in our nation’s public schools is a Hispanic youth. Making sure these young people have the opportunity to achieve their dreams isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s also a matter of our shared success as a country. HIPPY USA is proud to do its part,” says Lia Lent, executive director, HIPPY USA.

Further details are available at www.HIPPYUSA.org. The full catalog is available at http://www.ed.gov/hispanicinitiative.

Adam Shapiro