Started in 1998 as a parent involvement school readiness program.
Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) is an evidenced-based program that works with families in the home to support parents in their critical role as their child's first and most important teacher.
HIPPY strengthens communities and families by empowering parents to actively prepare their children for success in school. Parents are provided with a set of carefully developed curriculum, books and materials designed to strengthen their children's cognitive skills, early literacy skills, social/emotional and physical development.
All HIPPY programs around the world follow the HIPPY model: a developmentally appropriate curriculum, with role play as the method of teaching, staffed by home visitors from the community, supervised by a professional coordinator and with home visits interspersed with group meetings as the delivery methods.
"I told the teacher about how we used this program and her response was “Oh, well, then it makes sense most of my students who used HIPPY are more advanced, especially in their reading comprehension skills.” The pride I felt at that moment was incredible. I knew I had made the right decision for my children.