Educational Institutions

Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters HIPPY U S A

  • Little Rock, AR
  • www.hippyusa.org

Mission Statement

HIPPY partners with parents to prepare their children for success in school.

Main Programs

  1. Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY)
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

HIPPY programs serve families from diverse ethnic and geographic groups across the nation, particularly those most at risk because of poverty, parents' limited education, and social isolation. Currently, 139 sites in 23 states and the District of Columbia are serving more than 15,000 families.

ruling year

1993

Principal Officer since 2011

Self-reported

Ms. Lia Lent

Keywords

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education, school readiness, parent involvement, early literacy, early reading literacy, parent empowerment, community mobilizing, home visiting.

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Also Known As

Hippy USA

EIN

13-3672592

 Number

8025163199

Physical Address

1221 Bishop Street

Little Rock, 72202

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Management & Technical Assistance (B02)

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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HIPPY's goal is to bridge the achievement gap by enabling more children from low income communities to succeed in school through empowering parents to actively engage in their children's preschool education, leading to better academic outcomes.

Programs

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Program 1

Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY)

HIPPY is a two- or three-year home-based program that operates thirty weeks a year, usually following the school year schedule. The HIPPY curricula, available in both English and Spanish, include 30 weekly activity packets, nine storybooks, and manipulative shapes and other materials. The curricula are focused on specific school readiness skills including visual discrimination, phonemic awareness, pre-math concepts, self-concept, creativity, problem-solving, and logical thinking. The parents who participate in the program spend approximately 15 to 20 minutes per day teaching their children by using the HIPPY activity packets and books. The activity packets are delivered to each parent by the home visitor during weekly home visits.
HIPPY targets children ages 3, 4 and 5 and their families, who are most at risk because of poverty, parents' limited formal education, and social isolation. HIPPY currently serves more than 16,000 children every year and approximately 50% of those children are in Title I schools, i.e., children from low-income families. During program year 2003-2004, the ethnic groups served were: 32% African-American/Black, 26% Caucasian/White, 33% Hispanic/Latino, and 2% Asian American. In program year 2003-04, eighty-two percent of HIPPY families lived in urban or metropolitan areas.

Category

Early Childhood Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

None

Budget

$1,080,795.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

HIPPY programs serve families from diverse ethnic and geographic groups across the nation, particularly those most at risk because of poverty, parents' limited education, and social isolation. Currently, 139 sites in 23 states and the District of Columbia are serving more than 15,000 families.

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HOME INSTRUCTION FOR PARENTS OF PRESCHOOL YOUNGSTERS (HIPPY) USA
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters HIPPY U S A

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Lia Lent

BIO

In her role as National Executive Director of HIPPY USA, Lia is responsible for managing progress on strategic goals and directions, implementing programmatic changes, providing technical assistance to the field, and overseeing curriculum development.  Prior to coming to HIPPY USA in 2010, she was a nonprofit consultant assisting community-based organizations with strategic planning, resource development and grant writing. In addition, she has been the executive director of a multi-service organization for domestic violence victims, with a 40-bed emergency shelter, a 24-hour statewide hotline, transitional housing program, and case management/court advocacy services. She coordinated parenting programs at Arkansas’s largest mental health program for children and youth, organizing parenting classes for the public, childcare providers, and women in prison. She was a founder and director of a nonprofit Montessori elementary and preschool program. Lia is a licensed certified social worker (LCSW) with an MSW from the University of Arkansas, Little Rock and a BA in sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Adam Kohler

Welsco, Inc.

Term: Oct 2011 - Oct 2013

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