What is HIPPY?
Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters – known as HIPPY – partners with parents to prepare their children for success in school, particularly those most at risk because of poverty, limited education and English proficiency. HIPPY is an evidenced-based family support model that works directly with parents in their homes to give them books, activities and skills needed for them to take responsibility for preparing their children for school. Peer parent educators deliver 30 weeks of high-quality school readiness curriculum activities and books directly to parents, who then work each day with their own three, four and five-year-old children.
HIPPY is an evidenced-based early learning program, addresses these issues by supporting parents in their critical role as their child’s first and most influential teachers. The HIPPY model provides very structured materials and support to help parents close the word gap. Peer home visitors deliver 30 weeks of high-quality school readiness curriculum directly to parents who then work with their own three, four, and five-year-old children. Using the HIPPY books and curriculum, parents spend one-on-one time each day reading books with their children and teaching them school readiness skills.
HIPPY helps parents empower themselves as their children’s first teacher by giving them the tools, skills and confidence they need to work with their children in the home. The program was designed to bring families, organizations and communities together and remove any barriers to participation that may include limited financial resources or lack of education.