The HIPPY Model
All HIPPY programs around the world follow the HIPPY model: a developmentally appropriate curriculum, with role play as the method of teaching, staffed by home visitors from the community, supervised by a professional coordinator and with home visits interspersed with group meetings as the delivery methods. A model HIPPY site serves up to 180 children with one coordinator and 12-18 part-time home visitors.
Each of the four features of the HIPPY model was chosen and developed in a certain way to allow participation from parents who might otherwise not get involved with their children's education. Although HIPPY is for any parent who wants educational enrichment for his/her child, the HIPPY model was designed to remove barriers to participation, due to lack of education, poverty, social isolation and other issues.
For an overview of each feature of the HIPPY model, along with detailed explanations of each feature's required and recommended elements, please click on each feature:
- Developmentally appropriate curriculum
- Role play (method of teaching)
- Coordinator and home visitors (staffing)
- Home visits and group meetings (service delivery method)
This is an exciting time for early childhood education. The President has included substantial funding increases for early childhood programs in the budget and we can support this effort by sharing the real sucesses and benefits of the HIPPY Program.
Getting press about the benefits of home visiting is a way to raise the profile of our work and let the public know that HIPPY USA supports investments in early childhood education efforts, particularly high quality home visiting programs such as HIPPY.
The links below are to documents on engaging the media, talking points about our program and a sample press advisory.
Please contact HIPPY USA should you have questions or need more information about our advocacy efforts.