Early Childhood Education
Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY)
The Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY)is a home visiting, early intervention program that helps parents create experiences for their children that lay the foundation for success in school and later life. HIPPY originated in Israel in the 1960s, came to America in 1985, and the Florida HIPPY Training and Technical Assistance (T&TA) Center was housed at the University of South Florida in 1991. Each year, HIPPY provides curriculum, materials, supplies, and training to almost 2,000 families in Florida with children ages two, three, four, and five. For more information, visit the HIPPY website.
Hillsborough HIPPY Parent Involvement Project (HHPIP)
The Hillsborough HIPPY Parent Involvement Project is an investment collaborative funded by the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County in Tampa, Florida and to serve 400 children and families residing in Hillsborough County, Florida. The University of South Florida (USF) implements HHPIP through the Florida HIPPY Training and Technical Assistance Center, which is the state office for HIPPY programs in Florida.
The HIPPY collaborative is comprised of community partners that provide comprehensive case management services to English and Spanish speaking families who reside in both rural and urban communities throughout the county. The collaborative is piloting an approach to work with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders. These partners work together to increase opportunities for early school success and improve the well-being of children and families in Hillsborough County, Florida. To learn more about our partners, please visit their websites: Success 4 Kids and Families and HIPPY and CARD-USF Parent Involvement Project. To learn more about the Hillsborough HIPPY Parent Involvement Project or to learn how to enroll your child, please contact us at 813-974-4909 or email us at Brinson@usf.edu.