How does HIPPY work?
HIPPY lessons are delivered by home instructors who are active parents from the community. These instructors are trained to cover a highly structured, 30-week curriculum in English or Spanish for an hour every week in the parents' home. Home instructors use role play to teach parents educational activities which the parents can then practice with their children throughout the week.
What happens in a typical HIPPY lesson?
HIPPY lessons last 45-60 minutes once a week and feature a wide variety of activities for parent and child, such as
Reading stories together and answering questions about the stories
- Counting and grouping
- Learning sounds
- Increasing vocabulary
- Identifying opposites
Families living within the Houston Independent School District who have a three, four, or five years-old child zoned to a participating elementary school may apply. For a list of these school please click here.
How much does it cost?
There is no cost to the child's family or HISD schools. HIPPY is sustained by Title 1 funding and private grants.
Since the 2010-2011 school year, students who participated in the HIPPY program significantly outperformed their HISD kindergarten peers in reading and math. HIPPY students have also outperformed their peers in the subsequent school grades.