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.
1 Children's Way, Slot 651
Little Rock, AR 72202-3591
HIPPY State Manager, Tyra Greenwood
Wanda Corney, MIECHV Coordinator