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

Meets DHHS criteria for an evidenced based model

Training to Support Implementation

Last Updated

April 2017


Requirements for Program Certification

All HIPPY programs in the United States are affiliated with HIPPY USA. Sites interested in implementing HIPPY (1) review the program requirements and assess their feasibility to implement the HIPPY core elements; (2) convene a preliminary planning meeting with community representatives to orient and inform members of the community about HIPPY, to discuss the need for and feasibility of implementing HIPPY, to strategize funding possibilities, and to consider potential implementing agencies and possible collaborations; (3) conduct a community needs assessment to determine whether there is a need, support, and demand for the program; and (4) secure funding for the first year of implementation and develop a realistic plan for securing second-year funding (HIPPY USA requires all sites to secure funding before implementation begins). After these steps are completed, sites submit an application to HIPPY USA.

If all requirements are met, sites are granted the right to implement HIPPY according to a formal operating agreement (contract) with the HIPPY USA national office. This agreement spells out the conditions under which the HIPPY name and HIPPY materials can be used and provides the local site with the exclusive right to implement HIPPY in the “program community” as defined in the contract.


Pre-Service Staff Training

Home visitors are required to participate in three days of on-site training. For new programs, the training is conducted by a national trainer; in subsequent years, the coordinator provides the training utilizing the same training modules and concepts.

HIPPY USA requires coordinators to complete HIPPY pre-service training successfully before starting a new program or taking on the coordination of an existing program. The HIPPY pre-service training lasts four days and covers all aspects of administering a HIPPY program.


In-Service Staff Training

The HIPPY USA national office requires that all home visitors receive weekly training on the curriculum being presented the following week. The home visitors role-play the week’s lesson under the direction of the coordinator.

For new programs, national trainers visit the site twice during the first year. The purpose is to identify additional training needs, share best practices, and provide implementation guidance. National trainers perform regular site visits for existing programs, during which training may be provided based on staff needs.

A biennial national conference offers a wide range of professional development workshops.


Training Materials

HIPPY USA Training for Excellence modules allow coordinators to train and orient new home visitors using the same materials and techniques as HIPPY USA national trainers.The Home Visitor Guide was created for coordinators and home visitors to use during home visitor training. It is designed to increase the home visitor’s knowledge base in early childhood growth and development.


Qualified Trainers

HIPPY USA national trainers conduct initial training of home visitors, provide technical assistance and on-going technical support, assess programs, and recommend steps for improvement. HIPPY trainers must complete the requirements to become certified trainers and participate in continuous education and professional development from the national office.


Technical Assistance

HIPPY USA national trainers contact their assigned programs monthly to discuss progress and provide assistance in solving implementation issues. Five states (Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, and Texas) have official, designated HIPPY state offices, which provide programs in their state with training and technical assistance, fidelity monitoring, evaluation and research, resource development, strategic alliances, and advocacy efforts. These services are provided by the national office for programs in states without HIPPY state offices.

New programs receive two site visits by a HIPPY USA national trainer. The initial site visit occurs before the program starts and a follow-up visit is conducted approximately mid-year. These visits include home visitor training, orientation with agency administrators and collaborators, assistance with public relations events, and on-site coordinator training.

Existing programs receive regular site visits that are designed to troubleshoot programmatic issues, offer training to coordinators and home visitors, and provide an overall assessment of the program (ensuring that the program is being implemented with fidelity to the HIPPY model). Trainers provide ongoing communication to the sites leading up to the visit and provide a report that includes recommendations and action plans for 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.