Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters

At a Glance

National Office: 
1221 Bishop Street
Little Rock, AR 72202
Phone: 501-537-7726

Scott Gordon
People Served: 
420,000
Year Founded: 
1988
Tax ID: 
13-3672592

Focus area(s):

Early Education
Reading/Math

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Description

Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) is an evidenced-based program that works with families in the home to support parents in their critical role as their child’s first and most important teacher. HIPPY strengthens communities and families by empowering parents to actively prepare their children for success in school.  As a result, HIPPY is closing the achievement gap in more than 140 communities across the country.

Impact and Outcomes

HIPPY serves 15,000 children, annually distributing more than 132,000 books and 450,000 weekly school readiness activity packets.
Studies conducted in the United States and eight countries have shown the model to be effective in improving school readiness, parent involvement, school attendance, classroom behavior and standardized test scores and academic performance by children participating in HIPPY.
Children participating in HIPPY have demonstrated statistically significant higher achievement scores in reading, math and social studies in third, fifth and sixth grades than children in comparison groups based on multiple measures used in Arkansas, Texas, Florida and Colorado.
Parents participating in the HIPPY program report spending more time reading to their children; teaching them letters, words and numbers; visiting the library and monitoring their children’s TV use.

Mission & Goals

HIPPY partners with parents to prepare their children for success in school. An evidenced-based early learning program, HIPPY uses well-trained peer home visitors who share the language, culture and life experiences of the families they serve to deliver 30 weeks of high quality school readiness curriculum directly to parents, usually mothers, who then work with their own three, four, and five year old children. As a cost-effective approach, the HIPPY model removes barriers to participation for parents wanting educational enrichment for their preschool children and often serves low-income families and parents with lower levels of education.

HIPPY’s goal is to bridge the achievement gap by enabling more children from at-risk communities to succeed in school through empowering parents to actively engage in their children’s preschool education, leading to better academic outcomes.

Program

Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) features a structured home visitation model that includes the delivery of a cognitively based curriculum; role play as the method of teaching parents skills needed to implement the curriculum with their children; and a peer home visitor system that enables parents, who may be hard to reach due to poverty, language issues or social isolation, to feel comfortable participating in the program. Home visitors deliver books and 30 weeks of high quality school readiness curriculum activities directly to parents who then work 15 to 20 minutes a day with their own three, four, and five year old children.

HIPPY home visitors share the language, culture and life experiences of the families they serve and are frequently parents who participated in the HIPPY program with their own children. Working for HIPPY is the first professional level job for many women employed as home visitors, highlighting the strong workforce development element of the model.

Sponsoring agencies manage HIPPY programs and are affiliated with HIPPY USA through formal operating agreements. The national office of HIPPY USA provides comprehensive training, technical assistance and other support services from program inception and through the entire continuum of programming.

Impact

Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) USA currently serves 15,000 children annually, distributing more than 132,000 books and 450,000 weekly school readiness activity packets each year.  HIPPY programs serve families from diverse ethnic and geographic groups across the country, particularly those most at risk because of poverty, parents’ limited education or social isolation.

Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) was one of the original seven home-visiting program models designated as evidence-based by meeting the rigorous criteria set for funding under the federal Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program. A sample from 20 years of research demonstrates benefits of the HIPPY program.

  • Studies conducted in the United States and eight countries have shown the model to be effective in improving school readiness, parent involvement, school attendance, classroom behavior and standardized test scores and academic performance by children participating in HIPPY.
  • Kindergarten children from TANF eligible families who participate in HIPPY score  higher on letter and sound fluency assessments than other children on free and reduced lunch.
  • Children participating in HIPPY have demonstrated statistically significant higher achievement scores in reading, math and social studies in third, fifth and sixth grades than children in comparison groups based on multiple measures used in Arkansas, Texas, Florida and Colorado.
  • 96% of parents participating in the HIPPY program report spending more time reading to their children;  teaching them letters, words and numbers; visiting the library and monitoring their child’s TV use.
  • 90% of HIPPY parents credit the program with motivating them to check that their school-age children have completed their home work.
  • Studies with Latino families indicated statistically significantly more cognitively stimulating home environments and parent involvement than those not participating in HIPPY.      

 

 

Growth Plan

Economic Model
HIPPY programs are funded by multiple funding streams, primarily federal Department of Education Title 1 funds, state and county sources, United Ways, foundations, corporations and individual donors. The cost of operating a HIPPY program averages between $1,500 and $2,000 per child per year. Included in this figure are salaries for staff (a full-time coordinator, and one home visitor per 15 to 25 children), training, technical assistance and affiliation fees, program development, curriculum materials costs and other direct costs. Currently, HIPPY USA leverages $30,000,000 to support 146 program sites.

The national office of HIPPY USA oversees the licensing and monitoring of HIPPY programs. The office also provides technical assistance and training as well as research, data management, public relations, marketing and governmental relations services to the network of programs. The replication model used by HIPPY USA enables the national office to fund services to new programs through revenue generated directly from program growth – technical assistance and licensing fees, royalties, training program registrations and fundraisers. This funding structure enables the national office to increase capacity as the number of programs increases.

Growth Plan
HIPPY USA will increase the number of children served by HIPPY programs annually by 50% over seven years.The primary outcomes of the HIPPY USA growth plan are:

  1. To increase the number of children from at-risk communities succeeding in school
  2. To increase the number of parents engaged in their children’s learning activities
  3. To increase the number of low income women who gain increased job skills and educational credentials as a result of their participation as HIPPY home visitors.

HIPPY USA will implement two strategies to increase the number of families participating in the program. The first strategy is to expand geographically by increasing the net number of programs by 60 over seven years in targeted high need areas. The second strategy is to expand existing HIPPY programs in 30 communities where the demand for services exceeds capacity.

The HIPPY program has been successfully replicated for more than 25 years in the United States. Five state offices manage replication and monitoring of programs in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida and Texas and the national office oversees the start-up and expansion of programs in other states. The model has also been replicated in more than a dozen countries worldwide. In the past few years, the governments of New Zealand and Australia have funded major expansions of the HIPPY model based the research studies showing positive parent and child outcomes.

To implement the growth plan, the national office will increase its capacity by hiring a program development manager and resource development specialist dedicated specifically to this project. The staff will identify high need school districts and work with traditional HIPPY partners in those communities to secure funding and initiate programs. Technical assistance, training and model fidelity monitoring will be conducted through HIPPY’s network of technical assistance providers.

The capital requirement for this growth plan is $1,075,255 for the national office to support growth plan operations and the research studies necessary to measure and monitor impact on families and schools. The organization will seek grants from foundations and federal funding agencies to support the first six years of the growth plan. The effort will be self-sustaining by year seven.

Location of Sites

National Office: 
1221 Bishop Street
Little Rock, AR 72202
Phone: 501-537-7726
List of locations

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Financials

Most Recent Budget

Year Ended:

2017

REVENUE

Corporate Grants: 
$92,500
Foundation Grants: 
$200,250
Government Funding: 
$0
Contributions from Individuals: 
$68,400
Special Events: 
$0
Program Services Fees: 
$505,500
Membership Dues: 
$0
Other Earned Income: 
$340,250
Other Revenue: 
$34,050
Other Revenue (Description): 
Training programs, corporate donations, HIPPY store sales
Total Revenue: 
$1,240,950

EXPENSES

Salaries, Related Salaries & Professional Fees: 
$724
Occupancy: 
$2,948
Travel & Entertainment: 
$34,800
Office Supplies, Printing, Postage: 
$10,120
Telephone & Communications: 
$2,400
Payments to Affiliates: 
$68,775
Other Expenses: 
$396,741
Other Expenses (Description): 

Grant funded projects, trainings and staff development, IT support, bad debt and depreciation, and other administrative

Total Expenses: 
$516,508

NET GAIN/LOSS

Net Gain/Loss: 
$724,442

Prior Year Actuals

Year Ended:

2016

REVENUE

Corporate Grants: 
$124,244
Foundation Grants: 
$25,000
Government Funding: 
$0
Contributions from Individuals: 
$56,259
Program Services Fees: 
$523,250
Membership Dues: 
$0
Other Earned Income: 
$369,847
Other Revenue: 
$167,039
Other Revenue (Description): 
Training programs, corporate donations, in-kind donations, national conference Avima revenue and HIPPY store sales
Special Events: 
$104,926
Total Revenue: 
$1,370,565

EXPENSES

Salaries, Related Salaries & Professional Fees: 
$713,864
Occupancy: 
$35,210
Travel & Entertainment: 
$35,676
Office Supplies, Printing, Postage: 
$12,714
Telephone & Communication: 
$2,010
Payments to Affiliates: 
$49,896
Other Expenses: 
$477,298
Other Expenses (Description): 

National conference, trainings and staff development, IT support, bad debt and depreciation and other administrative 

Total Expenses: 
$1,326,668

NET GAIN/LOSS

Net Gain / Loss: 
$43,897

Major Funders

Arkansas Children’s Hospital

Connelly 3 Publishing Group

Clinton Family Foundation

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

WK Kellogg Foundation