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 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?

Home Visitors

HIPPY was implemented by 728 home visitors in 2020. 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 192 supervisors in 2020. The model requires a bachelor’s degree for supervisors.

Where is the model implemented?

HIPPY operated in 117 local agencies across 20 states and the District
of Columbia in 2020. HIPPY also operated outside the United States and its territories in 2020.

 

Families Served Through Evidence-Based Home Visiting in 2020

248,216
home visits provided
including 15,110 virtual visits
12,953
families served
14,236
children served

Ethnicity

39% Hispanic or Latino

61% Not Hispanic or Latino

Caregiver education

7% No HS diploma

43% HS diploma or GED

30% Some college or training

19% Bachelor's degree or higher

Child age

0% <1 year

13% 1-2 years

87% 3-5 years

Primary language

70% English

29% Spanish

2% Another language

Child insurance status

74% Public

19% Private

7% None

Household income

44% ≤$20,000

35% $20,001-40,000

13% $40,001-60,000

8% ≥$60,001

Percentages may not add to 100 due to rounding.