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Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) is a no cost, 3-year, home-based, early childhood education program for parents with preschool age children. HIPPY’s goal is to help parents prepare their children for success in school and in life. The program serves parents of children ages 3-5 years, who have limited access to transportation, may have limited formal education, and/or may have limited English proficiency.
Home visitors use weekly home visits to empower HIPPY parents to feel confident in their role as the primary teacher to their child. In the visits, parents learn and practice new skills and techniques and then work with their children 15-20 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Parent group meetings are also offered. Group meetings allow parents to come together and share their experiences.