The Home Instruction
for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) is a
developmentally appropriate, early childhood program that
helps parents teach their three, four, and five-year-old
children at home.
HIPPY was developed in Israel,
at the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Research
Institute for Innovation in Education at the Hebrew
University in Jerusalem.
HIPPY programs were established
in the United States.
The first Florida HIPPY program
began in Miami.
HIPPY USA was established at
NCJW to provide training and technical assistance to all
HIPPY USA became an
independent, non-profit, educational
The Florida State HIPPY Advisory Committee
was established in Tampa, Florida.
The Florida HIPPY Training and Technical Assistance
(T&TA) Center was established with funds from a Federal Title
IV Parent Involvement Project (PIP) grant at the Hillsborough County
Center of Excellence and the Center was housed at the University of
There were 9 programs operating
in various sites in Florida, serving more than 800
families of diverse cultural and ethnic
The Florida State Legislature appropriated
funds to fully support the Florida HIPPY T&TA Center as well as
open six (6) new HIPPY programs and expand three (3) existing programs.
There were fifteen (15) HIPPY programs in 15 counties
serving more than 1,500 children in Florida. Nationally, there were
137 HIPPY programs with 172 HIPPY sites in 26 states serving
over 16,000 children.
HIPPY changes its name from Home Instruction Program for Preschool
Youngsters to Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters.
The change more accurately portrays the program's emphasis
to teach parents of preschool youngsters the skills they need
to serve as their child's first teacher.
HIPPY USA changed its logo and look.
HIPPY USA moved its headquarters from New York, NY to Little Rock, AR.
There were fifteen(15) HIPPY programs in Florida serving more than 2,500 children in 17 counties. Nationally, there were 144 program sites in 23 states and DC serving over 16,000 children.