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

Implementation last updated: 2020

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Prerequisites for implementation

Type of implementing program

HIPPY programs are operated by a variety of institutions and agencies that include hospitals, universities, school districts, preschool programs, education cooperatives, departments of health and education, housing authorities, child welfare agencies, Head Start programs, and other community-based organizations serving diverse populations and seeking to address the societal challenges affecting families and communities.
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Staffing requirements

HIPPY USA requires that HIPPY affiliate sites 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, plans and organizes group meetings, and provides ongoing coaching to the home visitors.

Affiliate sites must also have a supervisor who oversees the coordinator.

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Staff education and experience

HIPPY USA 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 must 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 program community is preferred.

HIPPY USA requires that home visitors be recruited from the target 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. Home visitors must have a minimum of a high school diploma, but HIPPY USA encourages affiliate sites to require some form of postsecondary education, ranging from a Child Development Associate, an associate’s degree, or a bachelor’s degree. Other qualifications may be specified by the local implementing agency.

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Supervision requirements

HIPPY USA 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 work part-time or full-time.

Coordinators are responsible for the ongoing supervision and training of home visitors. HIPPY USA requires that coordinators create and update a professional development plan for each home visitor that includes, but is not limited to, overall performance and short- and long-term career goals.

Coordinators are required to provide weekly, ongoing supervision for home visitors that includes review of required paperwork and professional development plans and comprehensive discussions about general home visiting challenges. Coordinators observe each home visitor three times a year. Although these observations primarily serve supervision purposes, coordinators are trained and encouraged to address any areas of service delivery that are not being implemented with fidelity.

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Staff ratio requirements

HIPPY USA 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. HIPPY USA 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.
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Data systems/technology requirements

HIPPY USA requires that affiliate sites use a robust data collection system and recommends that affiliate sites use the Efforts to Outcomes (ETO) management information system used by HIPPY. This online system 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.

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Implementation notes

The information contained on this page was last updated in July 2020. 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 April 10, 2020. HomVEE reserves the right to edit the profile for clarity and consistency.

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