Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters
The Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY), formerly Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youngsters, is a home-based, early intervention program that helps parents create experiences for their children that lay the foundation for success in school and later life. The program is designed specifically for those parents who may not feel confident in their own abilities to teach their children. In the United States, HIPPY is a two or three year program for parents with children ages three, four and five.
Florida HIPPY Training and Technical Assistance (T&TA) Center was opened in 1996 and is housed at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Currently, this state HIPPY office is staffed by a State Director, an Assistant State Director, a Professional Evaluator, a Training Coordinator, an Administrative Assistant and a Staff Assistant. The role of the state office is to work in collaboration with HIPPY USA's national office in Little Rock, AR, to provide training, technical support, and guidance to all HIPPY programs in the state of Florida.