Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters
The Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) program is a parent involvement, school readiness home visitation program to help parents prepare their 2- ,3-, 4- and 5-year old children for success in school and life. Parents receive evidence-based curriculum, books, materials and supplies to strengthen their child’s cognitive and early literacy skills, as well as social, emotional and physical development.
Funded through Children’s Services Council of Martin County and administered by the University of South Florida, the program is research-based and supports parents in their critical role as the first and most influential teachers of their children. The program helps parents get involved in school and community life, which increases a child’s chances for positive early school experiences.
There are four essential features of the HIPPY model:
- Four developmentally appropriate home-based courses (HIPPY 2, HIPPY 3, HIPPY 4 and HIPPY 5) of pre-academic activities that parents can use with their 2-, 3-, 4- and 5-year-old children
- Role playing as an instructional technique for parents
- Professional coordinator and a staff of paraprofessional home visitors to provide services
- Home visits and group meetings