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Model Profiles

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2023 Yearbook

Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters

HIPPY partners with parents to prepare their children for success in school. The model uses storybooks and a scripted curriculum to teach children school readiness skills and partner with parents to enrich their education and job skills. The model also seeks to strengthen communities by supporting civic engagement and employing home visitors from the community, many of whom have participated in the program. See for details.

What is the model’s approach to providing home visiting services?

Home visits take place once per week. Services are provided until the child exits kindergarten. Children must be 2 years old by the start of the program year to enroll in HIPPY for Little Learners and 3 years old to enroll in the Year 1 curriculum.

HIPPY’s target population includes the following:

  • Low-income families
  • Families with children ages 2 to 5 years old
  • Parents with limited education and employability skills
  • Immigrant families experiencing language barriers
  • Home-based child care providers

Who is implementing the model?

Home Visitors

HIPPY was implemented by 724 home visitors in 2018. The model requires a high school diploma for home visitors; a Child Development Associate Credential is recommended. Home visitors are required to maintain a caseload of 10 to 22 families.


HIPPY was implemented by 148 supervisors in 2018. The model requires a bachelor’s degree for supervisors.

Where is the model implemented?

HIPPY operated in 115 local agencies across 20 states and the District of Columbia in 2018. HIPPY also operated outside the United States and its territories in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, Chile, Germany, Israel, Liberia, New Zealand, and Tonga in 2018.

Families Served Through Evidence-Based Home Visiting in 2018

home visits provided
families served
children served

Household income

47% ≤ $20,000

34% $20,001-40,000

11% $40,001-60,000

7% ≥ $60,001

Caregiver education

21% No HS diploma

39% HS diploma or GED

27% Some college or training

14% Bachelor's degree or higher


40% Hispanic or Latino

60% Not Hispanic or Latino

Child age

100% 3-5 years

Child insurance status

70% Public

20% Private

10% None

Primary language

68% English

30% Spanish

2% Other

Note • Percentages may not add up to 100 due to rounding.