HIPPY Arkansas

Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) aims to promote preschoolers’ school readiness and support parents as their children’s first teacher by providing instruction in the home. The program model is designed for parents who lack confidence in their ability to prepare their children for school, including parents with past negative school experiences or limited financial resources. The HIPPY program model offers weekly, hour-long home visits for 30 weeks a year, and two-hour group meetings monthly. HIPPY is unique in that the services are offered directly to parents, who then work with their own 3, 4, and 5 year-old children. The home visiting paraprofessionals are typically drawn from the same population that is served by a HIPPY site and have most often been served by the HIPPY program themselves.

Program Model Components

The HIPPY model includes four distinct features:

  • A developmentally appropriate curriculum 

  • Weekly home visits and monthly group meetings 

  • Role play as the method of instruction 

  • Staffing structure that includes peer home visitors from the community in which the family is being served and professional coordinators with sensitivity to the needs of vulnerable families

HIPPY often partners with the Division of Childcare and Early Childhood Education, local school districts, Title I, Even Start, Head Start, and the Departments of Education and Health. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention cited HIPPY as a model program.

More Information

HIPPY Arkansas
1 Children's Way, Slot 651
Little Rock, AR 72202-3591
Phone: 501-364-3671
Website: http://www.archildrens.org/Services/HIPPY/

HIPPY State Manager, Tyra Greenwood


Phone: 501-364-3671


Wanda Corney, MIECHV Coordinator


Phone: 501-364-3671  

Website: www.hippyusa.org