Clarke County Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters Program
Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) is a free home visiting program whose purpose is to give two, three, and four year children of Clarke County the best opportunity to have a successful school experience. It is a two-prong approach: curriculum and group meetings.
A 30 week scripted evidenced-based curriculum is delivered by peer parent educators weekly to the parent/caregiver through the use of role play. The parent/caregiver then "teaches" their child through the scripted lessons in literacy, math, science, motor, and language. One lesson is taught each day and each one only takes about 15 to 20 minutes. Not only is the child learning but a bond is being built between the parent and child. Parents know the strengths and concerns of their child before they begin school and are the best advocates for them as they begin their school journey.
Group Meetings are held at least six times during the 30 week curriculum. They allow parents to come together and share experiences, plus participate in an enrichment activity they have identified.
By combining home visits and group meetings the HIPPY program strives to strengthen families by addressing educational, social, and parenting skills that are pertinent to the future success of children and families in our area.