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LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (March 30, 2018) – Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY), an evidence-based program that works with families in the home to support parents in their critical role as their child’s first and most important teacher, applauded Congre...
July 22 through 27 in Little Rock, AR
Marriott Downtown Little Rock
Designed for HIPPY staff to gain more knowledge about the HIPPY model, curriculum and the essence of HIPPY, this is a required training for new coordinators, assistant coordinators and supervisors looking to fulfill Accreditation Standard 7.
HIPPY utilizes home visits and group meetings as the vehicles that allow parents to empower themselves. The education field recognizes that children need support in the learning process, but parents are too often left out of this process. Research shows that parental involvement in education is critical to a child's success in school, and HIPPY helps parents to get involved and stay involved.
At the heart of the HIPPY model is the home visit. This is the time when the partnerships between home visitor and parent are developed. Each home visit is unique, but all of them share common methods and goals. During each visit, the home visitor provides the parent with the tools and materials that enable the parent to work directly with their child on developmentally appropriate, skill building activities. Another important aspect of the home visit is the transference (home visitor to parent) of early childhood development concepts and terminology that increase the parent's ability to observe and understand their child's learning process. This knowledge also allows parents to be better advocates for their children.
Coordinators provide weekly and periodic in-service training to increase the knowledge, confidence and effectiveness of the home visitors. Role Play is the method of instruction utilized to teach the curriculum.
Home visits are the key to the HIPPY program, but the relationships that are formed during these times are supported through group meetings. Group meetings and home visits work together to balance the learning experiences for the parent and child.
Group meetings allow parents to come together and share their experiences. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend the bi-weekly group meetings, leaving the -all too common- isolation of the home and in doing so, learn from and teach one another. The first hour of the group meeting is used to discuss the previous week's activities and to role play the subsequent week's activity. In the second hour, parents engage in enrichment activities, which involve issues related to parenting, employment, school/community/social services, and personal growth. The objective for the enrichment activity (topics are selected by the parents) is to provide the training and knowledge that will allow parents to be more effective as parents and as members of the community, more self-assured and more self-reliant. Child care provided during the group meeting allows for social interactions for the children. Many programs include Parent and Child Time (PACT) as a component. This often becomes a time when parents can observe and develop alternative methods of child rearing.
Home visitation is a valuable service-delivery method, reaching parents where they are and working to build lasting relationships that strengthen the family. Home visiting is an effective, research-based and cost-efficient way to bring families and resources together to ensure that children grow up healthy and ready to learn. When combined with group meetings, HIPPY families are surrounded with a support system that allows the child and parent to achieve their full potential.