Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) is a parent involvement, school readiness program that helps parents prepare their three, four, and five year old children for success in school and beyond. The parent is 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.
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.
HIPPY is an international program that started in Israel in 1969 as a research and demonstration project. It has since spread to other countries. Germany, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, and Canada along with Israel and the United States now comprise HIPPY International. The HIPPY program came to the United States in 1984.
HIPPY USA, located in Little Rock, AR, was established as an independent non-profit organization in 1988 to promote and guide the development of the HIPPY program in the United States. In the 2006-07 program year, there were 146 HIPPY program sites in 25 states and the District of Columbia, serving over 16,000 children and their families.
HIPPY Misson Statement:
HIPPY programs empower parents as primary educators of their children in the home and foster parent involvement in school and community life to maximize the chances of successful early school experiences.
About Faulkner County HIPPY:
HIPPY came to Arkansas in 1986. The Faulkner County HIPPY Program started in 2005, serving Greenbrier, Conway and Mount Vernon-Enola school districts. Vilonia and Guy-Perkins school districts were later added. The Faulkner County program is serving 199 students this year. Most of its funding comes through the Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education. This year, AmeriCorps is providing funding for 10 of the participating children. There are eight home-based educators who work through the Faulkner County HIPPY program. In addition to the HIPPY at home program, Greenbrier Eastside Elementary School is the test site for a HIPPY Parental Perks Preschool Parent Center in Faulkner County. The center is a place were parents can get together and discuss parenting and education issues in a more relaxed, less stressful environment. Parental Perks offers free coffee and snacks, free loan and educational materials and comfy couches where parents can trade tips with each other or peruse the latest parenting magazines.