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 service population includes the following:
- Families with low incomes
- Families with children ages 2 to 5 years old
- Caregivers with limited access to education
- Immigrant families experiencing language barriers
- Home-based child care providers
Who is implementing the model?
HIPPY was implemented by 656 home visitors in 2021. 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 131 supervisors in 2021. The model requires a bachelor’s degree for supervisors.
Where is the model implemented?
HIPPY operated in 100 local agencies across 20 states and the District of Columbia in 2021. HIPPY also operated outside the United States and its territories in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, Chile, China, Finland, Germany, Israel, Liberia, New Zealand, Paraguay, and Sweden in 2021.
Families Served Through Evidence-Based Home Visiting in 2021
<1% American Indian/Alaska Native
<1% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
40% Hispanic or Latino
60% Not Hispanic or Latino
2% Another language
<1% <1 year
19% 1-2 years
81% 3-5 years
Child insurance status
76% Low-income status
24% Not Low-income status
14% No HS diploma
41% HS diploma or GED
26% Some college or training
19% Bachelor's degree or higher