Starting a Program
A Community Effort
To bring HIPPY into your home, you first need to bring it to your community. HIPPY is not a mail-order kit. The HIPPY program is implemented through a community-based agency, a school district or a housing development, which will provide the necessary administrative and personnel support. A well-functioning HIPPY program is also developed through strong grassroots community relations.
HIPPY Across America
There are currently 138 sites in 21 states and the District of Columbia. In addition, there are five state offices and three state contacts that provide assistance and support to new and existing HIPPY programs in their states. You can find out about existing HIPPY programs near you and/or contact your state representative.
Initial contact with the HIPPY USA office can be made by any interested member of the community - a volunteer, a school superintendent, a concerned parent, a local business person, a classroom teacher, or any other person who feels that HIPPY may be beneficial to their community.
The average program costs to the implementing agency or organization are approximately $1,837 per child per year. This range is based on an average program size of 60 families in the first year and 120 families in the second year, a full-time coordinator, and one paraprofessional for each group of 12 families. Costs include staff salaries, curriculum materials, fees for training and technical assistance, program development and other direct costs.
Possible Funding Sources
While funding is often the greatest obstacle to starting and maintaining a HIPPY program, programs around the country have been successful in securing support from public and private sources at local, state and national levels. Funding has been provided through early childhood education initiatives including Title I, Even Start, Head Start, job training programs, public housing initiatives, many prevention and early intervention programs, foundations, businesses and civic organizations.
The Start-Up Manual will provide you with a better sense of whether this program is appropriate for your community and, if so, how to begin the implementation process. The manual provides a step-by-step guide to beginning a HIPPY program. It includes information on conducting a community needs assessment, developing and convening an advisory group, submitting an application, preparing a budget and hiring staff. If you make the decision to go ahead with the process, please note that the national office, HIPPY USA, can provide a wide range of support materials and additional information.
Please click on the files listed below to download the HIPPY USA Fund Development Guide and the HIPPY USA Start Up Manual.
Please email us with any questions about starting a HIPPY Program.