HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters)
HOME INSTRUCTION FOR PARENTS OF PRESCHOOL YOUNGSTERS (HIPPY)
Partners with Parents to Prepare their Child for Success in School!
The YWCA of Greater Cincinnati has an extensive history of working to promote family literacy and preparing children to enter kindergarten ready to succeed. The YWCA has been providing HIPPY locally since 1993. YWCA HIPPY has grown from serving 15 families to more than 180 per year. Currently we have established programs in Brown, Clermont and Hamilton counties. In 2011, the United States Department of Health and Human Services released a list of evidence-based home visiting models approved for funding under the Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program, and HIPPY is one of the seven models selected.
The HIPPY curriculum supports the Ohio Department of Education Early Learning Standards for preschoolers in Social Emotional, Language/Literacy, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. The curriculum is primarily cognitive-based, focusing on language development, problem solving, logical thinking and perceptual skills. Learning and play mingle throughout HIPPY’s curriculum as parents expose their children to early literacy skills such as: phonological and phonemic awareness, letter recognition, book knowledge and early writing experiences. The curriculum fosters social/emotional and physical (fine and gross motor skills) development. Skills and concepts are introduced in a progressive manner, first using the physical body, then concrete objects and finally representation of objects in pictures, followed by many opportunities for practice and learning.
HIPPY storybooks bring children’s literature into the home. The program provides numerous opportunities for children and parents to discuss the storybooks in varied and increasingly complex ways. HIPPY is not a curriculum of mastery, but rather a curriculum of exposure to skills, concepts and experiences with books that together constitute “school readiness” for young children. Skills and concepts are developed through a variety of activities including reading, writing and drawing, listening and talking, singing and rhyming, playing games, cooking and sewing, shapes and colors, puzzles and more. The curriculum is free of charge, and contains 30 weekly activity packets, nine storybooks and a set of 20 manipulative shapes for each year. In addition to these basic materials, supplies such as scissors, glue, pencils and crayons are provided for each participating family.
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