Model Profiles

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?

Home Visitors

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.

Supervisors

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

286,088
home visits provided
13,251
families served
14,157
children served

Household income

44% ≤ $20,000

34% $20,001-40,000

14% $40,001-60,000

8% ≥ $60,001

Caregiver education

9% No HS diploma

44% HS diploma or GED

31% Some college or training

16% Bachelor's degree or higher

Ethnicity

42% Hispanic or Latino

58% Not Hispanic or Latino

Child age

0% year

0% 1-2 years

100% 3-5 years

Child insurance status

72% Public

22% Private

7% None

Primary language

68% English

31% Spanish

2% Other

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