Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters

A love of learning begins at home.

Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) is an evidence-based home visiting program that helps parents prepare their 2, 3, 4 and 5-year old children for success in school and throughout life. Using curriculum, story books and other materials, parents strengthen their children’s cognitive, literacy, social/emotional and physical development. HIPPY strengthens both communities and families by empowering parents to play an active role in preparing their children for school. 

HIPPY utilizes a peer-delivered, home visitation model, with trained home visitors providing weekly visits to work one-on-one with parents of preschool aged children (those who are 2, 3, 4 and 5). Curriculum for 5-year-old follows the child through kindergarten, reinforcing learning through a very intentional home-and-school connection. The program also provides monthly group meetings.

Parent Possible is proud to partner with AmeriCorps to make our HIPPY program a success. Click here to learn more about AmeriCorps

HIPPY in 2021-22






kids served



Proven Impact

Decades of research have shown that HIPPY works. Here are just a few of its impacts:

  • Improved school readiness
  • Increased parent involvement in schools
  • Increased family involvement in local community activities
  • Strengthened parent-child relationship

Components critical for success


All HIPPY programs around the world follow the HIPPY model:  a developmentally appropriate curriculum, with role play as the method of teaching, staffed by home visitors from the community, supervised by a professional coordinator and with home visits interspersed with group meetings as the delivery methods. The HIPPY model has four components.

Learn More

If you are a parent or guardian interested in learning more about HIPPY for your family visit HIPPY for Parents, or contact Sindy Pelayo at sindy@parentpossible.org.

If you are an agency or organization interested in learning more about becoming a HIPPY affiliate program visit Becoming a HIPPY site or contact Jackie Cordova at jackie@parentpossible.org.

Key Resources

Program Reports

2023 Program Report - HIPPY

2022 Program Report - HIPPY

State Snapshots

HIPPY 2022-23 State Snapshot

HIPPY 2021-22 State Snapshot

HIPPY 2020-21 State Snapshot

HIPPY 2019-20 State Snapshot

HIPPY 2018-19 State Snapshot


HIPPY Logic Model

HIPPY 2018-2019 Evaluation