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

  • Raising funds

  • 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 at 501-537-7729.

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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