Our Mission

is partnering with parents to help prepare their children for success in school.

 One thing is clear. Parents care and, given the opportunity, parents are ready to invest in their children’s education. Our work with HIPPY is designed to make that possible. 

Dr. Avima Lombard,

HIPPY Founder

Our Proven Model

delivers 30 weeks of lessons to parents at home who in turn teach their two to five-year-old child for 20 minutes each day. The HIPPY activities include reading, math, science, motor, and language skill in which cognitive, creative, social, and emotional development is addressed. The program is combined with group meetings where other HIPPY families can engage, support, and share experiences. These gatherings are key to the child’s success and encourage the family to stay committed to HIPPY. 

Our Story

began in 1965 as a  pilot program under the leadership of Dr. Avima Lombard at  Hebrew University in Jerusalem.  Her idea of parents becoming their child's first and most important teacher was adopted in Israel as a national model for early academic success in 1975.  HIPPY was brought to the United States in 1984 by the National Council of Jewish Women, and the national office, HIPPY USA, was established in 1988. Over the years, 10,000s of children can proudly say that they are HIPPY Kids.  Currently, we are in 119 communities in 19 States and the District of Columbia. HIPPY also serves as a home-based learning model in 10 countries and an academic inspiration for several others that comprise HIPPY International.

Our Future

includes expanding HIPPY communities, increasing research,  developing innovative ideas, growing partnerships, heightening advocacy, creating more jobs, engaging more families. Collectively, these endeavors brighten the future of our up and coming generations.

For over 30 years, 

Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) USA  has equipped parents with skills, tools, and confidence to prepare their children for success in school in their most important role as their child's first teacher.

HIPPY USA  is a 501(c)(3) organization. Gifts are deductible to the full extent allowable under IRS regulations.



In fiscal year 2019, 80% of all expenditures went to program services. Click on the GuideStar seal below to learn more about our work and stewardship.




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Street Address

1221 Bishop Street

Little Rock, AR 72202

Located on the campus

Arkansas  Children's Hospital

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 1034
Little Rock, AR 72203-1034

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