Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY)®
Last updated: May 2013
Evidence of Model Effectiveness
This model meets the criteria established by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for an “evidence-based early childhood home visiting service delivery model” for the general population, but does not meet the criteria for tribal populations.
Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) aims to promote preschoolers’ school readiness and support parents as their children’s first teacher by providing instruction in the home. The model is designed for parents who lack confidence in their ability to prepare their children for school, including parents with past negative school experiences or limited financial resources. HIPPY offers weekly, hour-long home visits for 30 weeks per year, and two-hour group meetings at least six times per year. HIPPY sites are encouraged to offer the three-year model serving 3- to 5-year olds, but can offer a two-year model. The home visiting paraprofessionals are typically drawn from the same population that is served by a HIPPY site, and each site is staffed by a professional program coordinator who oversees implementation and supervises the home visitors. For more information, please read the Model Overview.
Extent of Evidence
Summary of Findings
Please read Describing Effects for more information on these categories. Only results from studies that meet the standards for the high or moderate ratings are included above.
Criteria Established by the Department of Health and Human Services
Please read the HHS Criteria for Evidence-Based Models for more information.