HIPPY News & Announcements


April 2015: HIPPY International 

HIPPY Curriculum Selected To Help Student Entrepreneurs Improve Early Childhood Education For Poor Children In Sub-Saharan Africa

HIPPY programs serve families from diverse ethnic and geographic groups across the world, particularly those most at risk because of poverty, parents’ limited education and social isolation. HIPPY strengthens communities and families by empowering parents to actively prepare their children for success in school through a carefully developed curriculum, books and materials designed to strengthen children’s cognitive skills, early literacy skills, social/emotional and physical development.  HIPPY is an evidenced based program that is used across the United States and internationally in Australia and Canada. However, with this new partnership, HIPPY’s impact promises to be even more compelling, reaching children in Africa who may need it the most. 

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July 2014: HIPPY International

A new report from Brooking Institute that looks at social intervention programs along the age continuum uses HIPPY as an exemplary program for 3-5

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January 2014: HIPPY Australia

HIPPY Australia Launches 25 New Locations

On January 31, 2014, Australia’s Assistant Minister for Education Sussan Ley launched the national expansion of HIPPY (Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters). HIPPY Australia’s extraordinary results helping parents and carers take the role of their child’s first teacher has led to the support of 25 new locations with a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

HIPPY Australia National Manager, Marian Pettit, said the program had tremendous success in improving literacy and numeracy skills in the children who participated. “A rigorous independent research evaluation found that HIPPY children began the program with numeracy and literacy skills, on average, 30 per cent below the Australian norm. After two years of HIPPY, their cognitive development was the same as the Australian average,” she said.

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May 2013: HIPPY Canada

Canadian Government Supports HIPPY with $2.8 Million for Newcomer Integration

Newcomers who participate in the Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) Program will benefit from $2.6 million in new funding over the next three years, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced yesterday at a reception hosted by the United States Ambassador David Jacobson.

“Though programs like HIPPY, our government is giving newcomers the best chance possible to integrate into Canada and contribute to a prosperous society,” said Minister Kenney. “The government has had a strong affiliation with the HIPPY Program for many years and is proud to help immigrant parents in their vital role as their child’s first and most important teacher.”

Read the full article here: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/minister-kenney-announces-funding-for-newcomer-integration-through-hippy-program-2013-05-01




March 2013: HIPPY International

Miriam Westheimer Represents HIPPY at an International Meeting of Experts on Early Literacy




January 2013: HIPPY Canada 

Aboriginal Homeschool Program Helps Parents Become Child’s First Teacher

In 1969, Dr. Avima D. Lombard, a graduate of Columbia University Teachers College, started an early education program in Israel that aimed to teach parents with a limited formal education to be their children’s first teachers. The premise behind HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) was that early education is critical to a child’s learning and helps prepare very young children from low-income families to better succeed in school.

Who better to open that door to early education than parents?

HIPPY is now a thriving international program in a number of countries, including Canada, where 18.8 percent of Canadians live below the poverty line, according to a 2006 United Nations Human Development report. In 2002, in response to demographic evidence pointing to aboriginal communities as the fastest-growing population in Canada, Aboriginal HIPPY Canada was created.  Its founders realized there was a need for a culturally relevant HIPPY program in First Nations communities that honored and respected their cultures, languages and unique histories. Participating nations include the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, Katzie and Squamish people.

Read the full article here: http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/article/aboriginal-homeschool-program-helps-parents-become-child%E2%80%99s-first-teacher-146366



November 2012: HIPPY USA

HIPPY USA has been selected to the S&I 100 Index!

HIPPY USA has been named one of America’s top-performing nonprofit organizations on a newly launched giving platform! The Social Impact 100 (S&I 100), launched by the Social Impact Exchange, is the first-ever, broad index of U.S. nonprofits with proof of results and a high potential to reach even more people. Modeled on aspects of the S&P 500, the S&I 100 aggregates top-performing, evidence-based nonprofits so that funders – donors and foundations – can have confidence that they are contributing to organizations that consistently deliver impact. The Index helps these nonprofits find the capital they need to reach more people, and empowers donors to make a bigger difference. And we are one of the 100 featured organizations on the index!
Covering 100 high-impact nonprofits and nearly 16,000 local affiliates that are implementing their solutions, the Index features nonprofits like ours that address the country’s most pressing issues in education, health, youth and poverty. Each of the 100 organizations has been rigorously screened for proof of impact and is only included in the Index if it has the ability to serve more people in need.
When donors use the S&I100, they can search for high performing nonprofits in the issue areas and locations they care about and give directly to the organizations in a few quick and easy steps, making it easier for nonprofits like us to raise funds to grow our work.
We are proud to be selected as a featured organization on the S&I 100! See for yourself and then share the good news with others who are looking to give with impact.
To learn more, visit www.SI100.org.  


July 2012: HIPPY Austria

Report on Integration 2012

The Austrian Government has published a report on the current state and challenges of integration, featuring the role of HIPPY and its contribution to government policy on integration.   

Download the full report: Integrationsbericht: BILANZ des Expertenrates für Integration. Vienna 2012 (pdf)



May 7, 2012:  HIPPY Australia

Giving the most vulnerable young Australians the best start in life

The Hon. Peter Garrett MP, Australian Minister for School Education and for Early Childhood and Youth issued a joint media release with the Hon. Kate Ellis MP, Minister for employment Participation and for Early Childhood and Child Care, announcing the Australian Government’s investment of a further $55.7 million to ensure Australia’s most vulnerable children are better prepared to start school by expanding HIPPY (the Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters)  to 100 communities across Australia. “The funding in this year’s Budget will see the two year program expanded to around 50 additional sites, with a particular focus on Indigenous sites. The additional funding will also extend HIPPY in the 50 existing communities. This investment will benefit more than 3000 additional children. The expansion of HIPPY to around 50 additional sites will be targeted towards communities with a high proportion of Indigenous Australians facing disadvantage such as those in remote locations.” Read the full press release: http://ministers.deewr.gov.au/garrett/giving-most-vulnerable-young-australians-best-start-life



Spring 2012:  HIPPY New Zealand

More support for Parenting Programmes

According to the Ministry of Social Development, New Zealand, Fact Sheet 2011, the New Zealand government is investing more than $8.8 million over four years to improve families’ access to the HIPPY (Home Interaction Programme for Parents and Youngsters) home tutoring programme. The Ministry of Education will meet the costs of the programme expansion which will see:

  • the number of families receiving HIPPY in 19 existing sites increased to 70 families per site over four years
  • the proportion of government funding per site increase by 10 per cent to 85 per cent
  • extend the provision to 23 new sites over four years.

For the full Fact Sheet 2011 from the New Zealand Ministry of Social Development: http://www.msd.govt.nz/about-msd-and-our-work/newsroom/factsheets/budget/2011/parenting-programmes.html