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HIPPY—Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters— Helps Parents
Prepare Their Children for Success in School in 21 States 

WASHINGTON, D.C.— On April 28, Hillary Rodham Clinton will celebrate the accomplishments of the voluntary home visiting instruction program as HIPPY USA marks its 25th anniversary.

Secretary Clinton’s relationship with HIPPY dates back to the 1980s when she was the First Lady of Arkansas.  Recognizing that many families with young children weren’t getting what they needed, she brought the HIPPY program to the state to help teach parents how to prepare their children for school.

HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) serves thousands of vulnerable families by maximizing the parent-child bond. HIPPY encourages them to work together on structured activities that provide school-ready literacy and math skills. Early and ongoing parental engagement can help avoid costly remedial education or unemployment down the road.

Independent research shows that the HIPPY curriculum, books and parent-child interactions increase student achievement scores and strengthen families.

WHAT:          Hillary Rodham Clinton to keynote the HIPPY Avima D. Lombard Award Dinner

WHERE:       Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University
                       800 Florida Avenue NE
                       Washington, D.C.

WHEN:          Monday, April 28
Introduction and remarks 7–8 p.m.
Media presets TBA                    


Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters 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.

Adam Shapiro

Educating Children. Engaging Families. Enriching Communities.



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. In the HIPPY model,  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. 

Contact us today for more information.

HIPPY is an Approved Model for Federal Home Visiting

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.

For resources to help with your state's home visiting plan, click 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. 

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