Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters

HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) is an internationally recognized bilingual literacy and school-readiness program for preschool children ages two to five. The HIPPY model establishes the parents as a child’s first and most important teacher and makes a daily “habit” of parental involvement in education. With the support and encouragement of HIPPY staff and curriculum, parents learn how to directly engage in their child’s development of literacy, motor, cognitive, communication and social/emotional skills through a 30-week curriculum that is delivered in the home by committed and caring HIPPY Parent Partners.

The one-on-one instruction of the in-home sessions is supplemented by monthly Family Gathering Nights. Family Gathering Nights feature presentations and interactive, literacy-based activities. Along with a meal, learning activities and plenty of fun, parents discover that education flourishes when a community of learning is established.

COA’s HIPPY program holds HIPPY USA’s Certificate of Accreditation, indicating that it meets all quality assurance standards and utilizes the same curriculum and implementation techniques as other national and international HIPPY programs.

For more information on the HIPPY program and HIPPY USA, please visit www.hippyusa.org.


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Download and print off our interactive HIPPY brochure for your children!

English Brochure

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HIPPY Program Graduates sixty-three Families in 2019!

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Sixty-three preschoolers graduated from Milwaukee’s HIPPY program on Saturday, May 11th at Milwaukee Public Library – Centennial Hall.  The event included a graduation ceremony for families completing year three of the program and a family-friendly music performance.

“Our aim with HIPPY is two-fold,” said Jessica Namaste, HIPPY Program Director. “The first is to make sure that kids have developed the foundational skills that will allow them to succeed once they enter elementary school. The second is to enable and support parents to become their child’s first and most important teacher,” said Namaste.

HIPPY began at COA in 1998 in partnership with National Council of Jewish Women – Milwaukee Section with 18 families enrolled. HIPPY now serves approximately 400 families each year and continues to grow.

Thank you to program coordinator Jessica Namaste and to all of the HIPPY Parent Partners!

COA’s HIPPY program is made possible by the generous support of NCJW, Herzfeld Foundation, Northwestern Mutual Foundation, PNC, and Wells Fargo.

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