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Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters

Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters

The Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) program is a parent involvement, school readiness home visitation program to help eligible parents who participate in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) prepare their 3-, 4- and 5-year old children for success in school and life. Parents get a set of carefully developed courses, books and materials to strengthen a child’s cognitive and early literacy skills, as well as social, emotional and physical development.

Funded through federal TANF funds, authorized by the Florida Legislature in the General Appropriations Act and administered by the University of South Florida, the program is research-based and supports parents in their critical role as the first and most influential teachers of their children. The program helps parents get involved in school and community life, which increases a child’s chances for positive early school experiences.

There are four essential features of the HIPPY model:

  • Three developmentally appropriate home-based courses (HIPPY 3, HIPPY 4 and HIPPY 5) of pre-academic activities that parents can use with their 3-, 4- and 5-year-old children
  • Role playing as an instructional technique for parents
  • Professional coordinator and a staff of paraprofessional home visitors to provide services
  • Home visits and group meetings

For additional information on the HIPPY program, contact Tracy Payne, Ph.D. at or 813-974-4858.