a grassroots organization that provides resources for
families to educate
children and empower families.






Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) is an evidenced-based parent involvement, school readiness program that helps parents prepare their three, four, and five year old children for success in school and beyond.

HIPPY helps parents empower themselves as their children's first teacher by giving them the tools, skills and confidence they need to work with their children in the home. The program was designed to bring families, organizations and communities together and remove any barriers to participation that may include limited financial resources or lack of education.  This is a proven method of preparing children for school that is used throughout the United States and in countries around the world. Community Initiatives for Children is the only HIPPY program in Minnesota.

“HIPPY helps me understand my child’s needs. Thank you HIPPY for giving me
the opportunity to be my child’s first teacher.” -Diana A., HIPPY Parent

HIPPY is dedicated to:

  • Increasing the chances of positive early school experience among children who may be educationally at risk.
  • Empowering parents to view themselves as primary educators of their children.
  • Creating an educational environment in the home that encourages literacy.
  • Fostering parental involvement in school and community life.
  • Providing parents with the opportunity of becoming home visitors in their own community.
  • Helping home visitors develop skills and work experience needed to compete successfully for other jobs in local labor markets.
  • Stimulating the cognitive development of the child.
  • Improving interaction between parents and their children.
  • Teaching parents and children the joy of learning.
  • Breaking through the social isolation of the parents.

Want more information about HIPPY? Click on this link: www.hippyusa.org

Proven Results

HIPPY parents report that their experiences in the program have improved their communications with their children and helped them feel more confident
as parents.

HIPPY is one of 10 parenting programs strong enough to have a possible economic impact.

After participating in HIPPY for a year, more children were performing at or above their age level on standardized vocabulary tests, which are related to
success in school.
- HIPPY USA Summary of Selected Research Findings, August 2006



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