Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters
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.
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?
HIPPY was implemented by 754 home visitors in 2019. 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 136 supervisors in 2019. The model requires a bachelor’s degree for supervisors.
Where is the model implemented?
HIPPY operated in 117 local agencies across 19 states and the District
of Columbia in 2019. HIPPY also operated outside the United States and its territories in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, Chile, China, Finland, Germany, Israel, Liberia, New Zealand, Sweden, and Tonga in 2019.
Families Served Through Evidence-Based Home Visiting in 2019
<1% American Indian/Alaska Native
<1% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
44% ≤ $20,000
8% ≥ $60,001
9% No HS diploma
44% HS diploma or GED
31% Some college or training
16% Bachelor's degree or higher
42% Hispanic or Latino
58% Not Hispanic or Latino
0% 1-2 years
100% 3-5 years
Child insurance status