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Implementing Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY)®

Meets DHHS criteria for an evidenced based model

Prerequisites for Implementation

Last Updated

April 2017


Type of Implementing Agency

HIPPY programs are operated by a variety of institutions and agencies that include hospitals, universities, school districts, preschool programs, departments of health and education, housing authorities, child welfare agencies, Head Start programs, and other community-based organizations.


Staffing Requirements

The HIPPY USA national office requires that HIPPY programs have two primary staff positions: (1) peer home visitors who deliver the curriculum to their assigned parents each week; and (2) a full-time coordinator who oversees the day-to-day implementation of the HIPPY program, supervises home visitors, and organizes group meetings. If it is not possible to hire a coordinator to manage HIPPY on a full-time basis, then HIPPY USA requires sites to have additional staff to assist with the program.


Staff Education and Experience

The HIPPY USA national office requires coordinators to have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, elementary education, family or adult education, social work, or a related field. Coordinators should also have strong training, leadership, communication, organizational, and administrative skills, as well as knowledge of the needs and interests of families in underserved communities. A member of the target community is preferred. The HIPPY USA national office requires coordinators to complete HIPPY pre-service training.

The HIPPY USA national office requires that home visitors be recruited from the targeted community and have a child of HIPPY-appropriate age, or have access to a child with whom they can engage in the HIPPY curriculum to practice and master their skills. Other qualifications may be specified by the local implementing agency.


Supervision Requirements

The HIPPY USA national office recommends that coordinators oversee programs with no more than 180 children and a staff that ranges from 7 to 12 home visitors, depending on whether they are part time or full time.

Coordinators are responsible for the ongoing supervision and training of home visitors and the execution of an appropriate staff development plan. Coordinators are required to hold weekly in-service trainings for home visitors at which the curriculum, activities, challenges, and problems are modeled and discussed. Coordinators make home visits to observe each home visitor three times a year.


Staff Ratio Requirements

The HIPPY USA national office recommends that home visitors working on a part-time basis maintain a caseload of between 10 and 15 children; those working full-time may maintain a caseload of 24 families. The HIPPY USA national office recommends that sites determine the ratio of children to home visitor based on the characteristics of the community served, such as distances to be traveled between visits and the vulnerability of families.


Data Systems/Technology Requirements

The HIPPY USA national office requires that sites use a robust data collection system and recommends that programs use the Efforts to Outcomes (ETO) management information system used by HIPPY. This online program records data about the participating families and tracks their progress in the program. The coordinators and home visitors are responsible for completing the reporting forms and inputting the information into the ETO system. ETO is a tool for providing real-time data at the local, state, and national levels to support program management, sustainability, expansion, research, evaluation, and continuous quality improvement.



The information contained on this page was last updated in April 2017. Recommended Further Reading lists the sources for this information. In addition, the information contained in this profile was reviewed for accuracy by the HIPPY USA national office on January 18, 2017. HomVEE reserves the right to edit the profile for clarity and consistency.