Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY)

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Partners with Parents to Prepare their Child for Success in School!


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The YWCA is dedicated to promoting and supporting the Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) program and other early childhood family initiatives in the community. HIPPY utilizes an internationally recognized method of teaching parents of preschoolers how to prepare their young children for success in school. Our program empowers parents as primary educators of their children. We foster parent involvement in school and community life to maximize the chances of successful early school experiences. After all, home is where the start is.

HIPPY is a parent involvement and school readiness program in which learning and play go hand in hand. Using a structured curriculum, parents encourage their children to recognize shapes and colors, tell stories, follow directions, solve logical problems and acquire other school readiness skills.

Our Program Highlights:

  • No Cost
  • Family Educators
  • 30 weeks of home visits in a program year
  • Evidence Base Curriculum
  • 30 weeks of activity packets (each year)
  • Story books and supplies
  • Available in Spanish (Hamilton County only)
  • Monthly Parent Power Groups

Click here for more information about HIPPY Enrollment Guidelines


The research-based curriculum is designed to provide positive interactions between the child and parent that will increase the skills of the child; provide parents with additional skills that include an understanding of early childhood development; improve the home literacy environment; and promote education as a family value.

Research shows that the learning that occurs during the preschool years is closely tied to future achievement. The ultimate goal is to prepare children to enter school with the skills they will need to be successful in school as well as the skills they will need to be successful in life!

The HIPPY curriculum is organized into five key learning areas called domains (click on each domain for more information):






Throughout the curriculum activities include skill development in other key developmental domains:

  • Cognitive
  • Social Emotional
  • Creativity
The interactions with my child are learning-based, hands-on activities that promote learning of the whole child and have helped progress my son's reading, math, art & science skills.
Maria Vehr, HIPPY Parent Participant


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