IN THEIR WORDS
No doubt my daughter's love for reading was a result of the seeds sown through all the exciting books provided by HIPPY.
You can tell at once who is in it (HIPPY) and who is not. There's a huge gap between a child in the program and one who isn't.
The Brookings Institution used a micro-simulation model to study the long-term effects of HIPPY and concluded that the program is ‘close to a gold-plated investment.'
Bringing HIPPY to Your Community
The HIPPY model is offered through existing agencies such as schools, nonprofits, and community-based agencies. Our model is not a mail-order kit nor does the program thrive in isolation. It is implemented through a lead agency and supported by the community. A local HIPPY affiliate is part of a network of other local HIPPY programs whose work is coordinated by HIPPY USA, the national office, and some states, a state office.
Becoming a HIPPY Affiliate
Forming a local group of interested advisors and potential funders
Selecting an agency that will implement the program
Working with the HIPPY USA office, preparing for the submission of application.
Training a program coordinator
Becoming a part of a growing national network of HIPPY programs
Sponsoring organizations include family support and resource centers, public schools, Head Start Centers, universities, public housing authorities, hospitals, and community agencies. Funding is diverse and often comes from local, state, federal and agencies, corporations, foundations, nonprofits, schools, and individuals.
The national office, located in Little Rock, Arkansas, oversees the new affiliate start-up process and assists with implementation by providing guidance, training, and other technical assistance needs. New sites can also request onsite technical assistance from the national office at any time. The costs associated with a HIPPY program includes the purchase of curriculum (books and materials) and program fees. The fees help support ongoing training, technical assistance, outreach, advocacy, and evaluation.
HIPPY USA will work closely with each new affiliate to develop a budget that will work for your organization and community. We want to ensure that your startup budget includes everything needed for a successful program launch and operation, including staff time, home visit supports, meetings and professional development resources for program staff. The average cost to launch a program is determined at an amount per child and may vary based on local and state economic factors. Click the graphic below to learn the steps on how to start a program in your community or contact Matthew Bellew at firstname.lastname@example.org at 501-537-7729.