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HIPPY USA Marks 25 Years of Helping Parents Teach Youngsters So They Are Ready to Learn 

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton Addresses HIPPY USA as It Prepares for Growth of its Evidence-Based Program

April 27, 2014Home Instruction for Parents for Preschool Youngsters USA (www.hippyusa.org) aims for further expansion of its evidence-based model that uses trained home visitors who provide the educational tools and skills families request.

HIPPY supporters, home visitors and early education leaders gathered tonight 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 brought HIPPY to Arkansas, which now has the largest statewide network in the country.

Currently, there are 135 HIPPY program sites in 21 states and the District of Columbia, serving 15,000 children and their families. It provides its service at no-cost to at-risk communities.

"America is falling behind in the education race and experts say it's a threat to our economy. Some parents want and need extra help learning how to be their child's first teacher," said Linda Frank, board chair, HIPPY USA. "We are overwhelmed by the success stories we hear about how home visitors literally changed the lives of parents and their children. Clearly, our work must continue and expand to more families."

Independent research shows HIPPY helps increase student achievement scores and makes families stronger. HIPPY graduates have demonstrated higher scores on standardized pre-academic, language and cognitive direct assessment measures.

According to The National Research and Evaluation Center at the University of South Florida, teachers and parents have rated HIPPY children higher on measures of school readiness dimensions such as adaptability to the kidergarten classroom and observed end-of-the-academic year curriculum mastery. Longer-term benefits associated with academic achievement are additional outcomes in national and international studies.

During a 1998 visit to a HIPPY program, Clinton said: "I saw transformations occur in the families that I worked with in Arkansas. So many of the families there did not have a mother or a father who had even finished what we call high school. Along came HIPPY, which convinced them that they could not only feel good about what they provided for their child but also begin to feel good about themselves, and to understand the importance of education for a better future."

Dr. Avima Lombard developed HIPPY in Israel in 1969 as a way to help immigrants and their children adjust to their new lives. It is currently implemented in 10 countries.

HIPPY is a public-private partnership that relies on federal, state and local support.

All HIPPY programs share four core components:
 - A standard developmentally appropriate school readiness curriculum;
 - Role-play as the method of instruction;
 - Peer home visitors; and
 - Home visiting as the service delivery method.

"My 11-year-old daughter has skipped one grade and always makes the honor roll...I am convinced it's because HIPPY gave her the boost she needed," says Erica Black, a D.C. mother who provided introductory remarks before Clinton's appearance. "Being a mom doesn't come with a pamphlet...that's why I really appreciated HIPPY. It was like receiving help from a family member."

Community-based home visitors meet with parents in their homes to role-play early education curriculum activities one hour a week for 30 weeks per program year. Parents then spend approximately 15 to 20 minutes per day with their children using the reviewed HIPPY books and activity packets. In addition to home visits, programs also have regularly scheduled parent group meetings.

Secretary Clinton continues her four-decade commitment to early childhood education today with Too Small to Fail, a joint initiative of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation and Next Generation. To learn more visit www.TooSmall.org.


Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters USA programs (www.hippyusa.org) focus on family literacy, school readiness and parent involvement. HIPPY helps parents prepare their preschool children to succeed in school. Currently, 135 HIPPY sites in 21 states and the District of Columbia serve 15,000 families.

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HIPPY USA Selected to the S&I 100 Index 

HIPPY USA has been named one of America’s top-performing nonprofit organizations on a newly launched giving platform! The Social Impact 100 (S&I 100), launched by the Social Impact Exchange, is the first-ever, broad index of U.S. nonprofits with proof of results and a high potential to reach even more people. Modeled on aspects of the S&P 500, the S&I 100 aggregates top-performing, evidence-based nonprofits so that funders – donors and foundations – can have confidence that they are contributing to organizations that consistently deliver impact. The Index helps these nonprofits find the capital they need to reach more people, and empowers donors to make a bigger difference.

And we are one of the 100 featured organizations on the index!

Covering 100 high-impact nonprofits and nearly 16,000 local affiliates that are implementing their solutions, the Index features nonprofits like ours that address the country’s most pressing issues in education, health, youth and poverty. Each of the 100 organizations has been rigorously screened for proof of impact and is only included in the Index if it has the ability to serve more people in need.

When donors use the S&I100, they can search for high performing nonprofits in the issue areas and locations they care about and give directly to the organizations in a few quick and easy steps, making it easier for nonprofits like us to raise funds to grow our work.

We are proud to be selected as a featured organization on the S&I 100! See for yourself and then share the good news with others who are looking to give with impact.

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HIPPY USA Commits to LEAP Project

The Clinton Global Initiative, developed by Bill Clinton in 2005, was created to “inspire, connect, and empower a community of global leaders to forge solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges”. In 2012, HIPPY USA committed to expanding the Leading to Educational Advancement Pathway (LEAP) program to an additional 100 caregivers. This program expansion will create a professional development system for home visitors throughout the HIPPY network to obtain advanced educational credentials. The LEAP goal is to enable HIPPY home visitors to improve their educational status by attaining Child Development Associate (CDA) credentials, Associate's or Bachelor's degrees, thus improving the outcomes of the children in their care.

Please go here to read HIPPY USA's full commitment.

HIPPY Deemed Evidence-Based Model

HIPPY was one of the original seven home visiting models program models designated as evidence-based by meeting the rigorous criteria set for funding under the federal Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program. 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.

The HIPPY model uses well-trained peer home visitors to 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 with their children reading books and working with them on readiness activities. Because of the positive outcomes of our research, HIPPY is uniquely position to help states and communities meet their goals of increasing school readiness among vulnerable populations. Go here for more information about HIPPY and the MIECHV program.

California Evidence-Based Clearing House Gives HIPPY High Rating

Because of HIPPY's research, the California Evidence-Based Clearing House (CEBC) has given HIPPY a "2" rating, the highest rating possible for home visiting programs.

The CEBC uses two scales in which to rate programs. HIPPY's criteria was reviewed according the CEBC scientific rating scale. This scale is a 1 to 5 rating of the strength of the research evidence supporting a practice or program. A scientific rating of 1 represents a practice with the strongest research evidence and a 5 represents a concerning practice that appears to pose substantial risk to children and families. For more details about HIPPY and the CEBC rating, please go here.