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.

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In the fiscal year 2019, 80% of all expenditures went to program services.

 

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1221 Bishop Street

Little Rock, AR 72202

Located on the campus Ark.  Children's Hospital

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

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501-537-7726

Info@hippyusa.org

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Curriculum

The HIPPY Curriculum, designed for children ages two, three, four, and five, contains 30 weekly activity packets, nine storybooks and a set of 20 manipulative shapes for each year. In addition to these basic materials, supplies such as scissors and crayons are provided for each participating family. The program uses trained coordinators and community-based home visitors who go into the home and role-play the activities with the parents and support each family throughout their participation in the program.

The daily activities are developmentally appropriate for children. The packets are written in a clear scripted format that is designed to provide guidance for parents and to ensure a successful learning experience for the parent and child working together in their own home. Parents become the facilitator in the learning process with their child. Parents gain confidence through their own participation in the HIPPY program and eventually become comfortable expanding the activities and broadening the learning experiences for their child.

  • The HIPPY curriculum is primarily cognitive-based, focusing on language development, problem-solving, logical thinking and perceptual skills. Learning and play mingle throughout HIPPY's curriculum as parents expose their children to early literacy skills such as:

  • Phonological and phonemic awareness

  • Letter recognition

  • Book knowledge

  • Early writing experiences

In addition, the curriculum fosters social/emotional and physical (fine and gross motor skills) development. HIPPY introduces skills and concepts in a progressive manner, first using the physical body, then concrete objects and finally representation of objects in pictures, followed by many opportunities for practice and learning.

 

The HIPPY storybooks bring children's literature into the home. HIPPY provides numerous opportunities for children and parents to discuss the storybooks in varied and increasingly complex ways.

  • Reading

  • Writing and drawing

  • Listening and talking

  • Singing and rhyming

  • Playing games

  • Cooking and sewing

  • Shapes and colors

  • Puzzles and more

The storybooks and activity packets are available in both English and Spanish for all ages. The HIPPY curriculum activities are constantly reviewed and updated in order to ensure that the materials are relevant for our families and reflect current educational research findings.