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Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY)®

Meets DHHS criteria for an evidenced based model

Model Overview

Last Updated

April 2017


Theoretical Model

HIPPY is a home visiting model that focuses on parent-involved early learning. HIPPY services are offered directly to parents, who then work with their own 3-, 4-, and 5-year-old children. HIPPY’s mission is to help parents prepare their children for success in school. The model supports parents to become their children’s first teacher by giving them the tools, skills, and confidence they need to work with their children in the home.


Model Components

The HIPPY model includes four distinct features:

  • A developmentally appropriate school readiness curriculum
  • Weekly home visits and regular group meetings
  • Role play as the method of instruction
  • Staffing structure that includes peer home visitors from the community in which the family is being served and professional coordinators with sensitivity to the needs of vulnerable families


Target Population

HIPPY is designed for parents who have doubts about or lack confidence in their ability to instruct their children and prepare them for school. Frequently, these parents did not graduate from high school or have only limited formal education, limited English proficiency, limited financial resources, or other risk factors.

HIPPY serves parents with children ages 3 through 5.


Where to Find Out More

P.O. Box 1034
Little Rock, AR 72203
Phone: (501) 537-7726
Fax: (501) 537-7716
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