The HIPPY Beginning

The Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters Program (HIPPY) began in 1969 at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel by Dr. Avima Lombard and a team of early childhood educators. In 1984, the first HIPPY programs began in the United States and Arkansas joined the network of HIPPY programs in 1986.

HIPPY Arkansas Today

HIPPY Arkansas currently consists of 38 program sites that include families from 60 of 75 counties in Arkansas. Sponsored by 23 agencies, HIPPY Arkansas programs serve over 4,600 families making Arkansas the largest HIPPY provider in the country. HIPPY is a 30-week school readiness-parent involvement program for parents of three, four, and some five-year-old children.

What HIPPY Believes

  • HIPPY believes that every child needs and deserves an opportunity to have the best possible preschool education and that home visiting promotes early learning one family at a time.
  • HIPPY supports the role of parents in the education of their child and believes that every parent, regardless of their socio-economic circumstances wants their child to succeed in school and learning.
  • HIPPY believes that the parent is a child’s first and most important teacher.

The HIPPY Model

The HIPPY program was created to bring families and communities together to enhance the role that all play in preparing a child for success in school. The goal is to remove those barriers, such as limited financial resources or lack of education that might inhibit families and children from achieving their greatest potential. The HIPPY program has four parts, each of which must be adhered to in order to assure that the program stays true to this research-proven model:

  1. Service Delivery: Home visits (once a week), parent meetings (at least 10 each program year)
  2. Curriculum: 30-week curriculum for ages 3, 4, and 5 (90 weeks total)
  3. Role Play: Home-based educators role play the week’s lessons with parents. This type of instruction creates a comfortable atmosphere for learning where parents can feel safe asking questions and developing their skills.
  4. Staff: A professional coordinator oversees each site and attends a week-long pre-service training. The coordinator directly supervises and supports his/her home-based educators. Home-based educators are peers, neighbors, often former program participants, who visit HIPPY families and implement the weekly curriculum.

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The HIPPY Curriculum

The HIPPY curriculum consists of 9 storybooks, 30 age and developmentally appropriate curriculum packets, and a set of colored shapes. Programs may also provide other teaching supplies such as glue, scissors, pencils, and crayons.